Nine Counties Chosen for Resentencing Pilot Program

Nine counties have been selected to participate in a new prosecutor-initiated resentencing pilot program with $18 million in funding from the state. The California County Resentencing Pilot Program was part of the 2021 state budget and will be administered through the nonprofit, For the People.

The nine participating counties are:

  • Contra Costa
  • Los Angeles
  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • Yolo
  • Merced
  • Humboldt

“The diversity of these counties is intentional—not only in geography, but in voter base, prosecutor leadership, reentry resources, prison population, and incarceration rates. It will allow for the legislature to evaluate impact across a wide range of participants,” according to a press release. “Potential impacts include cost savings to the state, reinvestment in community resources, economic stimulation through workplace reentry, and more.”

The three-year pilot program will begin September 1, 2021. Participating counties will develop a process for processing resentencing applications from individuals in the Corrections and Rehabilitation system. The goal is to have prosecutors find and remedy unjust and excessive sentences.

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