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“The Impact of California’s Correctional Reforms on Recidivism”

Professor Ryken Grattet, UC Davis
Oct 03, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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California has experienced significant changes in its criminal justice policies over the last decade. Most notably, in 2011, the state adopted public safety realignment (AB 109), which shifted the management of lower-level offenders from the state prison and parole system to county jail and probation systems, and then, in 2014, voters approved Proposition 47, which downgraded selected drug and property felonies. These changes have reduced the incarceration footprint of the state by lowering both prison and jail populations. But the reforms also promised to reduce the recidivism rates of previously prison eligible offenders. In this presentation, Professor Grattet will review the evidence about the impact of realignment and Prop 47 on recidivism and discuss the implications for further efforts in reversing mass incarceration in California.  

Ryken Grattet is Professor and Chair of Sociology at  UC, Davis and an adjunct fellow at the Grattet PhotoPublic Policy Institute of California. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of Research in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He is a cofounder of a collaborative project between the CA Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), PPIC, and several partner counties, known as the BSCC–PPIC Multi-County Study. This data collection and evaluation effort is designed to estimate the effects of realignment on recidivism outcomes and identify best practices for recidivism reduction at the local level. He is the co-author of Making Hate a Crime: From Social Movement to Law Enforcement, Parole Violations and Revocations in California, and numerous articles in professional and policy publications. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.



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