Public Safety Realignment – AB109/PCS

Realignment made some of the largest and most pivotal changes to the criminal justice system in California. In short, Realignment transferred the responsibility for supervision of felons (excluding high-risk sex offenders) released from prison whose commitment offenses are statutorily defined as non-serious and non-violent to the 58 counties. Offenders convicted after October 1, 2011 who have no current or prior statutorily defined serious, violent, or sex-offense convictions serve time locally (regardless of length of sentence) with the possibility of community supervision in place of time spent in custody. Statistical dashboards on Realignment for all 58 counties are available through the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) website at http://www.cpoc.org/realignment.

Realignment established the Postrelease Community Supervision (PCS) classification of supervision, altered the parole revocation process placing more responsibility in local jurisdictions, gave local law enforcement the freedom to manage offenders in a more cost-effective manner, and charged the Community Corrections Partnerships (CCPs) with planning and implementing Realignment in each county.

Mandatory Supervision (MS) classified individuals complete a combination of local incarceration and a period of community supervision. Realignment has given the courts the additional tool of “split sentencing.” A split sentence allows a judge to split the time of a sentence between a jail term and a period of supervision by a probation officer known as “mandatory supervision.” Mandatory supervision is defined as a court ordered period of time in the community under the supervision of the county probation department. Felony probation, mandatory supervision, and post release community supervision (PCS) are all types of supervision that fall under the mandate of Probation Departments to enhance public safety and reduce recidivism.

OC Probation, Health Care Agency (HCA), Public Defender, District Attorney, Orange County Sheriff's Department and community-based organizations work closely with each other to link offenders to necessary reentry resources including treatment, housing and employment services. The CCP will continue to collaborate and incorporate best practices across agencies in order to address the needs of the Realignment population and protect the community. Click here for the available AB109 monthly probation reports. Also available is the Orange County Day Reporting Center Status Report.