The Stanford Criminal Justice Center has released its third major study of the impacts of Public Safety Realignment on California counties. The report, written by Robert Weisberg and Lisa T. Quan, is entitled “Assessing Judicial Sentencing Preferences After Public Safety Realignment: A Survey of California Judges” (click for PDF). It is available on Stanford’s Criminal Justice website.
This study surveyed California Superior Court judges to determine how Realignment has impacted their sentencing choices and whether these choices vary across counties. Specifically, the study examines the specific circumstances and crimes that influences whether judges choose traditional felony probation or the new California Penal Code section 1170(h) sentences.
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