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Last Updated: 1/23/2010
Budget Issue: Jail time instead of prison for specified felonies.
Program: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Finding or Recommendation: Approve Governor's special proposal to require that certain offenders convicted of specified property and drug felony crimes serve a maximum sentence of 366 days in county jail in lieu of a state prison sentence, but modify it to (1) permit counties to place additional jail inmates on electronic home monitoring and (2) clarify that offenders who are charged with the specified crimes and have prior serious or violent offenses could still be tried for a misdemeanor, as is currently the case.
Further Detail

Please see our policy brief, The 2010-11 Budget: Assessing the Prison Population Reduction Proposal, for more detailed information.