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  • Prison Realignment in Reflection

    Posted Dec 20th, 2013 By in Prisons With | Comments Off on Prison Realignment in Reflection

    As 2014 comes closer, it’s a good idea to reflect on what the ramifications of the prison realignment are from this years policies:

    Last week we broke down the difference between probation and parole in our “Back to the Basics” series on public safety realignment. This week, we tackle two more topics intertwined with our inaugural one: the differences between prisons and jails and between Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

    To begin with, jails are run by counties while prisons are run by the state (or the federal government). Roughly 70 percent of jail populations are those awaiting trial, making them more of a detention center in many ways. Most of the other 30 percent are convicted offenders serving sentences that average less than a year long. In other words, as a general statement, prior to AB 109 there were no Hannibal Lecters in county jails.

    Historically, those convicted of more serious crimes found their way to a state prison. This reality is changing with AB 109 as county jails are now seeing more offenders with sentences as long as 10 years or more who previously would have been in state prisons. Jails are simply not built for some of what is being expected of them in terms of infrastructure, rehabilitative programs, services and appropriately trained staff. This is what has caused much of the headache for counties in the first two years of AB 109 as they attempt to adapt to their new role in our criminal justice system in CA.

    These are the basics on jails vs. prisons. To dive deeper on the matter, we consulted Tom Hoffman, former head of Department of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) for California and a long time southern California police executive:

    The Sheriff has an obligation to operate and supervise the County jail. Often he/she is also Coroner. The Sheriff also frequently provides public safety services to the unincorporated and contract communities in the county. A COP is in charge of local, city-managed and funded police department.

    The fundamental differences between a Police Chief and the Sheriff is driven mostly by the fact one is an elected politician and the other is an appointed, “at will” employee, most often serving at the pleasure of the City Manager. A few CA Chiefs of Police (COPs) are appointed by the Mayor, however most are appointed by the City Manager who also serves at the pleasure of the City Council.

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