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"The Great Experiment: Realigning Criminal Justice in California and Beyond"

Carole Seron, Professor and Dean of Social Ecology and Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine
  • "The Great Experiment: Realigning Criminal Justice in California and Beyond"
  • 2016-07-28T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2016-07-28T13:00:00-07:00
  • Carole Seron, Professor and Dean of Social Ecology and Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine
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Jul 28, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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1130 K Street, Room LL3
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916-445-5100
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“The Great Experiment: Realigning Criminal Justice in California and Beyond”
Professors Charis E. Kubrin and Carroll Seron University of California, Irvine

Until recently, the state of California was home to the nation’s largest state prison system. After several decades of rapid growth, California’s prison population peaked at 173,000 in 2006, despite the fact that its prisons were designed to hold a maximum of 79,858 people. In 2011, the Supreme Court decided that prison conditions in California were tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment and required the State to bring its prison population down to 137.5 percent of design capacity by reducing the rolls by some 33,000 inmates over a two-year timeframe. To       comply with the court order, California enacted a controversial law – Public Safety Realignment – which transferred
responsibility for lower level felony offenders from the state correctional system to 58 county jail and probation systems. The realignment of California corrections has been described as “the biggest criminal justice experiment ever conducted in America.” How did California end up in the Supreme Court? How has Realignment been implemented in the State? Is the Realignment experiment working?  Going forward, what can we learn from California? Addressing these questions, we present findings from our co-edited issue of The Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science, which offers the first systematic, scientific analysis of the recent realignment of California’s corrections.
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Charis E. Kubrin is a professor of criminology, law & society and (by courtesy) sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She is co-author of Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance (Oxford University Press 2008) and Privileged Places: Race, Residence, and the Structure of Opportunity (Lynne Rienner 2006), and co-editor of Introduction to Criminal Justice: A Sociological Perspective (Stanford University Press 2013), Punishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics, and Injustice (New York University Press 2012), and Crime and Society: Crime (Sage Publications 2007, 3rd ed).

Carroll Seron is a professor of criminology, law & society with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines gender inequalities in the professions and has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Work & Occupations, Law & Society Review, The Annual Review of Law & Social Science, and Criminology.


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