CALIFORNIA -- Officials in California's 58 counties say the are grappling with the best way to cut the re-offense rate for former state prisoners who are now being released to the counties.
Those former prisoners have to have local supervision now.
Under the governor's "realignment" plan that overhauled the state's criminal justice system, felons being released from prison for lower-level offenses are now followed by county probation departments instead of state parole agents.
Counties are working to develop new programs to keep these former prisoners from re-offending. Ideas range from keeping soon-to-be-released inmates in a "re-entry'' pod to ease their transition into society to offering classes that feature role-playing and journaling.