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Nurturing smart justice in Los Angeles County
Nurturing smart justice in Los Angeles County

Nearly four years ago, California's 58 counties and their jails began taking on some of the state's burden of housing and supervising nonviolent felons, and contrary to widespread belief, the shift wasn't merely a result of federal court orders to reduce the state prison population. In fact, policymakers had been urging this public safety realignment for more than a decade, arguing that local authorities were better positioned than the state to create and monitor programs to prevent inmates, once released to their old neighborhoods, from returning to crime. Many counties were initially reluctant to perform their new duties but soon saw the sense in keeping jurisdiction...

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