Stanislaus County residents seem to be misinformed about criminal sentences and about jail/prison time. Since the enactment of AB 109 last year, the so-called prison realignment program, more and more people who previously would have been sent to state prison are being kept at the local level.
Unfortunately, our local jails were never designed for this volume. As a result, we have a large number of convicted felons who are supposed to be doing time who are instead on alternative work programs or home detention.
AB 109 also instituted half-time, which means that if someone is sentenced to five years, they will only serve a maximum of 2.5 years.