Beatriz E. Valenzuela, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/18/2013 05:38:40 PM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2013 07:19:15 PM PDT

Fewer offenders released from state prison after the implementation of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prison Realignment have been rearrested and conviction rates for the same group of offenders have remained virtually the same, according to a new study from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. San Bernardino County rates, however, are lower than the state average.

There was a slight drop in the statewide rearrest rates from Oct. 1, 2011, the day A.B. 109 went into effect, to March 2012 from 62 percent to 58.7 percent among offenders released to state parole supervision and those released to county probation.

Of those offenders, about 22 percent were convicted of new crimes, a number which has remained virtually unchanged, according to the CDCR report.

San Bernadino County Probation recidivism rate for technical or new offense arrests is currently 37.5 percent, Chris Condon, spokesman for the probation department said. That is slightly more than 20 percent lower than the state’s average.

“When you eliminate the arrests for technical violations of probation and just record arrests for new criminal violations the re-arrest rate is about 32.5%,” Condon said.

The most significant drop statewide was seen among those offenders who were sent back to prison after being convicted of a new offense. The numbers fell from 42 percent before realignment to 7.4 percent after it’s implementation. However, both state and probation officials point out the major reason why there was such a steep drop is because most inmates released to local supervision under AB 109 are not eligible to return to state prison.

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