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San Diego Sentencing Guidelines
A growing problem in America is the over-crowding of prisons and this has affected San Diego Sentencing guidelines. A solution to this problem are alternative sentencing programs. These programs reduce or avoid jail time and deal with a convict in alternative ways. Programs like additional good time credits, electronic monitoring, home detention, and split sentences are all being utilized to better rehabilitate criminals and to avoid further over-crowding the prison in California. 1170(h) defendants, post release community supervision, and parolees are three new types of offenders now housed or supervised locally. Alternatives to custody as a condition of probation are currently being used. Home detention, work furlough, work release, public work service, sheriff parole, and residential treatment are some examples.
Home dentition involves 24 hours per day GPS monitoring. This applies to those with felonies or misdemeanors, sentenced to probation with a custodial sanction, screened by sheriff’s department, and alcohol monitoring. Eligible individuals cannot flee and are charged with a felony. SOBERLINK is available.
Electronic monitoring is available to those who are eligible for bail and have a valid residence. Exclusion criteria include open warrants, child abuse or stalking charge with a currently valid protection order, any prior sex offense, and have current charges of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, or any charges with gang, weapons, or GBI enhancements. The court will hear arguments from both parties, set bail, and make a referral. The sheriff will conduct a screening and assessments and make the final decision.
Work furlough or employable work furlough applies to those with no serious mental health or behavioral issues, no serious violence or pattern of assaultive behavior, and no sales or possession of large amounts of drugs. An eligible individual must also be a legal resident and be employed or employable. SDSO now releases offenders to work furlough and employable work furlough.
A split sentence involves a combination of jail time and “mandatory supervision”. The split sentence term cannot exceed the maximum term without a split sentence. This program is determined by the length of a sentence, availability of the service, defendant’s interests, finality of sentence, and victim/public safety interests. Considerations of a split also involve a consideration of the risk, need, location, and desired outcome.
If you have any questions about San Diego Sentencing Guidelines, contact San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Vik Monder at 619.405.0063 or visit Award-Winning San Diego Criminal Defense.