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A new study suggests that if counties—rather than states—bear the cost of incarceration, they may be less likely to incarcerate people.
On a host of issues—including police shootings, bail reform, marijuana legalization, and the death penalty—critics say Lacey, once seen as a reformer, has sought to preserve the status quo.
Assemblymember Jim Cooper is pushing to roll back changes that have successfully reduced incarceration.
Since the state’s public safety realignment in 2011, sheriffs have used criminal legal reform as a scapegoat for their failure to maintain safe jails—and recent reporting has given county officials a free pass to make that excuse.