September 26, 2011

Napa held up as example for jail strategies

Napa Valley Register As realignment’s start date approaches, Napa County is being hailed as a model for developing evidence-based programs. Chief Probation Officer Mary Butler says that the county began preparing in 2004 due to jail overcrowding, rethinking approaches to incarceration. The programs have reduced Napa’s recidivism rate to 24 […]
September 20, 2011

Prisoner realignment plan: Counties must find alternatives to lockup

Sacramento Bee: Viewpoints If properly implemented, realignment will reverse decades of over-reliance upon incarceration, improve public safety and save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Not nearly enough county plans acknowledge the importance of employing alternatives such as electronic monitoring and day reporting centers earlier in the criminal […]
August 24, 2011

The ACLU’s 12-Step Plan to End California’s Addiction to Incarceration

American Civil Liberties Union’s Blog of Rights The ACLU of California sent a 12-step plan to each county to help break the state’s addiction to incarceration. The 12 steps are part of ACLU’s comprehensive public safety realignment report.
August 6, 2011

Report: Prison Population Reductions Insufficient

San Francisco Chronicle SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to keep tens of thousands of low-level offenders in county jails instead of state prisons won’t reduce the inmate population enough to fully comply with a federal court order, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said Friday. >> Read More
July 28, 2011

Webcast features Offender Reentry discussion by federal leaders

In June, the U.S. Department of Labor hosted a discussion on workforce development and employment strategies for people with criminal records. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Jacqueline Berrien spoke at the Washington, D.C. event, along with a panel of employers, […]