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These resources are independently and individually developed by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Judicial Council. Furthermore, the authors and the Judicial Council do not provide any warranties regarding the currency or accuracy of the information in these works. Users are reminded to check the subsequent history of any case and changes to statutes and Rules of Court cited in the works before relying on them.

Felony Sentencing Following Enactment of 2011 Realignment Legislation (Revised May 2016)
J. Richard Couzens, Judge of the Superior Court of Placer County (Ret.) and
Tricia A. Bigelow, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 8

Sentencing: What is appropriate and what is effective (mp3, May, 2013)
J. Richard Couzens, Judge of the Superior Court of Placer County (Ret.) interviewed on Champions of Justice radio show.

Pretrial Detention & Community Supervision: Best Practices and Resources for California Counties,
Partnership for Community Excellence, September 2012.

Using Offender Risk and Needs Assessment Information at Sentencing, Guidance for Courts from a National Woking Group
Pamela M. Casey, Roger K. Warren, and Jennifer K. Elek, National Center for State Courts, 2011.
This new publication provides guidance to help judges and others involved in the sentencing decision understand when and how to incorporate risk and needs assessment information into their decision making process.

Text of the Postrelease Community Supervision Act of 2011
This document provides full text of the Postrelease Community Supervision Act of 2011 (Penal Codes § 3450 et sec.)

Principles of Effective State Sentencing and Corrections Policy
National Conference of State Legislatures, August 2011.
Outlines seven overarching principles for effective state sentencing and corrections policy and identifies key issues and approaches that explain and illustrate the recommendations.

Realignment: Addressing Issues to Promote Its Long-Term Success
Mac Taylor, Legislative Analyst, August 19, 2011

Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: Corrections
Dean Misczynski, Public Policy Institute of California

California Public Safety Realignment Analysis
Garrick Byers, (Editorial Updated Regularly)

Governor Brown Signs Legislation To Improve Public Safety and Empower Local Law Enforcement
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Press Release, April 5, 2011


Criminal Justice Realignment and Related Videos
Evidence-Based Practices: Reducing Recidivism to Increase Public Safety Judge J. Richard Couzens (Ret.) discusses the principles of evidence-based practices, and the role of the courts and probation in implementation.

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