Felony Sentencing Under Realignment
In 2011 California realigned its sentencing laws. Realignment shifted incarceration from state prison to local jails for portions of offenders determined to be less dangerous. Sentencing judges were given the option of splitting local prison sentences between custody and supervsion. Changes were made to custody credits formula so that offenders whose offense occurred after October 1st received fifty percent credits. Supervision of most parolees was transferred to probation officers. Realigment however did not change probation and whether probation is available. Offenders who are not granted probation and commit a serious or violent felony will serve their sentence instate prison. A split sentence may alter the amount of custody time an offender serves under a Realignment sentence.