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New tools provide insight into effectiveness of realignment

Several tools have emerged this month providing necessary insight into the progress of realignment both statewide and locally. CJCJ released its second realignment update showing that the state prison population has reduced by 39% within the first nine months of realignment, but that the decline appears to be slowing. Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, notes a new increase in felon admissions for drug offenses that warrants further examination.

For more information and to view full reports click HERE

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The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and Tri-Valley ROP is hosting the annual Re-Entry Expo at Santa Rita Jail.  There will be opening remarks from Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern.  There will be a continental breakfast, lunch and networking time.  Hours will be from 07:45a to 12:30p.  Take this opportunity to meet 500 soon to be formerly incarcerated seeking information on: Food, Housing, Employment, Job Training, Health Care, Addition Recovery and General Social Services.

*Registration materials will be sent via email, August 7th, 2012.

For more information contact:

Lynnette Hasan-Marshall, Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Center/Program Re-Entry Expo Vendor Coordinator

5325 Broder Blvd.

Dublin, CA 94568

lynnetteteach04@yahoo.com

Office: (925) 803-7249

 

Dean White, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Inmate Services Unit, Re-Entry Expo Event Coordinator

5325 Broder Blvd.

Dublin, CA 94568

GDWhite@acgov.org

Office: (925) 803-7103

 

 

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San Francisco, CA:  Today CJCJ is launching its new and improved interface for the California Sentencing Institute (CASI).  The new map features interactive filters, county comparisons, geographic visualizations, and fully downloadable datasets.

Please explore CASI at http://casi.cjcj.org/.

In 2009, CJCJ launched the California Sentencing Institute (CASI) as the foundation for data and research driven commentary on the broader public safety dialogue.  The interactive map reveals detailed crime and incarceration trends for California’s 58 counties.

In the face of some of the most sweeping reforms in California, including AB 109 adult realignment and continued juvenile justice realignment, these data are even more crucial to understanding the justice system and improving public safety.  CJCJ designed CASI to be used by county agencies, practitioners, criminal justice stakeholders, researchers, and the general public to provide comprehensive analysis of sentencing policies and practices across the state.

If you would like more information about CASI, please contact Selena Teji at (415) 621-5661 x. 123 or by email at cjcjmedia@cjcj.org.

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County level data for the state of California.

Click link  “realignment dashboard

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This is everyone’s opportunity to provide input.

The Oakland hearing is:

Tuesday, July 24, 9:00 am

State Building Auditorium

1515 Clay Street

Oakland, CA 94612

CDCR Seeks Input for Rehabilitation Programs

Will Host Two Public Workshops For Discussions

Sacramento –The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will host public workshops in Los Angeles on July 19 and Oakland on July 24 to gather input for improving rehabilitation programs for inmates and parolees.

Each forum is expected to attract suggestions from a wide range of organizations that provide substance abuse programs, academics, career technical information and employment services. Representatives of both public and private organizations are invited, including county agencies, faith-based and non-profit organizations, and those that qualify as Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE).

The call for bolstering rehabilitation programs supports CDCR’s plans to establish re-entry facilities at some prisons to concentrate resources that will better prepare inmates as they near the end of their sentences and prepare to return to their communities.

CDCR also intends to strengthen community-based programs that will continue to support inmates particularly during the first year after they are released, based on research which suggests tht is the most critical time to prevent recidivism.

“One of our primary goals is to improve rehabilitation programs for inmates and parolees because we know it will reduce recidivism and improve public safety, which also can save taxpayers billions of dollars by reducing the number of people we incarcerate,” said Matthew Cate, Secretary of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Los Angeles forum will be held at the auditorium of the Junipero Building, 320 West 4th Street, beginning at 9 am. The Oakland forum will be held in the auditorium of the Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, in downtown Oakland, also at 9 am. Registration for both workshops begins at 8:30 am.

More information on CDCR’s Blueprint for the Future can be found at www.cdcr.ca.gov/2012plan/docs/plan/complete.pdf.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2012
Contact: Bill Sessa
(916) 445-4950

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