Lev Szmonko, Isaac

Isaac Lev Szmonko is a member of Critical Resistance, and a part of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a statewide alliance of over 40 organizations seeking to control prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and the number of prisons in the state.

Many Counties Fail to Learn State Lessons and Continue to Expand Jail in Response to Prisoner Realignment

By Isaac Lev Szmonko
Californians United for a Responsible Budget

As the deadline approached, counties across California scrambled to approve plans for the State’s massive realignment plan, which began transferring responsibility for low level prisoners from state prisons to counties on October 1st. While politicians and pundits called the move unprecedented, many counties drafted ill-conceived plans that were entirely familiar copies of failed state policy: build more jails and leave programs and services as an “unaffordable” afterthought.