Because the program gives County Sheriffs, such as LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, the authority release incarcerates to home detention or release them early, Romero believes the best solution is to prosecute, prosecute prosecute. A big part of his plan is to ensure that defendants are charged with the most serious charges allowed to ensure that as many offenders as possible will serve their sentences in state prisons.
Some believe this strategy will negate the realignment process altogether. A better strategy, they feel is to focus on rehabilitation.
Still, Cooley said he intends to instruct his prosecutors to throw the heaviest of books at defendants, leaving no stone unturned in their prosecution strategies. At current, the Los Angeles County DA’s office is also taking the idea of training other jurisdictions how to “get the most out of sentencing” under advisement.