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Public Safety Realignment – Information and Resources

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Public engagement-related and other publications, best practices, reports and other resources to help counties and cities address issues relating to public safety realignment.

 

 

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The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Public Safety Realignment Information and Resources Site

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) mission is to improve public safety through evidence-based crime prevention and recidivism reduction strategies. CDCR continues to have jurisdiction over all offenders who entered the system prior to the implementation date of October 1, 2011, as well as individuals who committed transgressions on or after the October 1, 2011 date that are not categorized as either non-violent, non-serious, and/or non-sex offenses.

Among the resources available on the CDCR Public Safety Realignment website are:

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CalRealignment.org

The CALrealignment.org website, originally developed for a September 2011 state-wide conference on criminal justice realignment, presents current information on best practices, tools and available county realignment plans as they are approved.

A current roster of CCP plans is listed here:
http://calrealignment.org/county-implementation/list-of-county-plans.html

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Chief Probation Officers of California

Public safety realignment information from the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC). CPOC, along with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the California State Sheriffs Association (CSSA), has been tasked with planning for the impacts of realignment.

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The 2012-13 Budget: The 2011 Realignment with Adult Offenders – An Update

The 2012-13 Budget: The 2011 Realignment of Adult Offenders–An Update  is a twenty-page report  from the (California) Legislative Analyst’s Office, that provides an update on the status of realignment, reviews changes proposed by the Governor, and makes several recommendations designed to promote the long-term success of realignment.

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Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: Corrections

This report, by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), provides an overview of public safety realignment, examines the funding issues, and considers what this shift in responsibility will mean for both state and county government. A video presentation of the report is also available.

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Evaluating the Effects of California’s Corrections Realignment on Public Safety

This report, by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), provides guidelines on how to monitor the effects of realignment—most fundamentally, is it achieving the goals of assuring public safety and doing so efficiently? It also presents a brief review of the various data that can be used to monitor the effects and evaluate the success of realignment at the local level. Finally, it describes several research designs for accomplishing these tasks.

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California Forward’s Partnership for Community Excellence Releases Report

California Forward’s Partnership for Community Excellence report, “Pretrial Detention and Community Supervision: Best Practices and Resources for California Counties,” highlights opportunities to make pretrial release decisions based on a detainee’s risk and needs rather than the more traditional determination based on the individual’s ability to post bail.

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Partnership for Community Excellence

The mission of The Partnership for Community Excellence is to provide information and assistance to help county officials and local law enforcement build the capacity, culture, infrastructure and integrated systems necessary to successfully implement realignment and improve public safety outcomes.  Site resources include:

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Innovative Probation Strategies, Split Sentencing will Prove Instrumental in Realignment
PublicCEO.Com, December 20, 2012

The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) released the second report on data collected from California’s 58 counties regarding the impacts of Public Safety Realignment from its implementation in October 2011 through June 2012. The data show a significant increase in caseloads for county probation departments, but also the need for evidence-based practices by probation officers and split sentencing by local judges to manage new offenders.

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