Law students tell the governor what they think about realignment and parole

Law students with BrownA group of Stanford Law School students recently presented their research findings to California GOV. JERRY BROWN on the implementation and impact of the state’s Public Safety Realignment legislation and on key aspects of the parole process for California “lifer” inmates.

The students conducted the research as part of a course, Advanced Seminar on Criminal Law and Public Policy: A Research Practicum. The course was created by JOAN PETERSILIA, the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law, and the research was supervised under the auspices of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, which Petersilia co-directs with ROBERT WEISBERG, the Edwin E. Huddleson, Jr. Professor of Law. The research produced by the class is intended to contribute to the state’s and counties’ understanding of the impacts of realignment.

According to Petersilia, “California’s realignment is the biggest penal experiment in modern history, but little has been done to consider realignment’s impact broadly, or to evaluate its statewide impact on crime, incarceration, justice agencies or offender recidivism.”

Read more on the Stanford Law School website.