Not Early Release?
Assertions that prison realignment is “not an early release program” are deceptive.
Realignment changed penalties and the level of parole supervision for most felons convicted after November 1, 2011. It shifted the responsibility for tens of thousands of felons to counties where jail space is already filled to capacity, and changed the definition of who qualifies for community service programs. REALIGNMENT AUTHORIZES THE EARLY RELEASE OF THESE FELONS.
Convicted felons now sentenced to county supervision instead of state prisons include:
Career drug dealers
Habitual auto and I.D. thieves
Criminals with long criminal histories including felonies involving assault and firearms