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May 13, 2014

California’s formula to distribute money to help pay for public safety realignment lacks incentives and transparency, according to a new report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst.

There have been two temporary realignment formulas since lawmakers approved the 2011 law that made counties responsible for lower-level felony offenders. The first formula covered the program’s first year and the second formula is in effect through June. The Brown administration is scheduled to present a new allocation formula for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Lawmakers should insist on a formula that is better than the current one because it “impacts the success or failure of the realignment of felony offenders,” the Legislative Analyst’s Office wrote.

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