Prison realignment gets state scrutiny
July 18, 2013
An obscure state panel, the California State Sex Offender Management Board, has convened in Sacramento to study the social implications of the so-called prison realignment policy now being introduced by corrections officials. (Sacramento Bee)
The realignment has been initiated to meet federal judicial orders to reduce California prison populations in order to provide better health care for inmates.
Brown’s plan has proved controversial. Opponents of the plan contend it will cause dangerous felons to be released.
One of these individuals, Abel Maldonado, used a photo of a sex offender when he staged a press conference to illustrate his opposition. That May 8 event occurred shortly after the San Luis Obispo County resident announced his intention to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown next year.
The former lieutenant governor said he will support an initiative designed to prevent the realignment plan from taking effect. That initiative is planned to appear on the same ballot as the governor’s race.
Maldonado has insisted his actions were not political.
The realignment plan releases felons imprisoned for low-level, non-violent crimes before completion of their terms, in order to free up more beds.