Overview of 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109)

To address overcrowding in California’s prisons and assist in alleviating the state’s financial crisis
Transfers responsibility for supervising some lower-level inmates and those returning from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to counties. This plan began October 1, 2011. 

Napa County's Plan Principles & Objectives

Our Public Safety Realignment Plan (PDF) is governed by the primary responsibility of criminal justice agencies: to protect the community, provide due process to the accused and punish those who deserve it. Adoption of alternatives to incarceration will be governed by the following criteria:


Assure that the proposed program or policy maintains sufficient control over defendants and offenders to minimize risk to the community when they are not confined.


Assure that the proposal is consistent with the deterrent and retributive functions of law enforcement, both for participants and for the public at large.


Implement programs or policy shown to produce a reduction in recidivism. Recidivism is measured by returns to incarceration for supervision violations and failures to appear as well as by the commission of new offenses.


Determine what investment is required by the County to establish a program and then to maintain it. Assure that there is evidence that enough people would qualify for or be referred to the program to justify it.

More Information

Learn more from our Community Corrections Partnership.