Reality Check: SB 91 puts budget cuts before public safety

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There’s a lot of hand-wringing these days over SB 91. Let’s take a look back at what the reform bill was supposedly all about.

When it was passed in 2016, it was hailed as a paradigm shift for the criminal justice system. A way to cut jail overcrowding and stop the revolving door of recidivism. It was also promoted as a way to save tens of millions of dollars by keeping non-violent offenders out of jail.

Reality Check: SB 91 puts budget cuts before public safety

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