County Realignment Progress Report Released

This week the Board of State and Community Corrections has released its second annual report on the efforts of counties to implement Public Safety Realignment. The report, available here, summarizes the efforts of county Community Corrections Partnerships to implement plans deemed best suited to rehabilitate and monitor local offender populations. The passage of Assembly Bill 109 (Chapter 15, Statues of 2011) launched an historic change in California public safety. It keeps low-level offenders at the county level, where they can receive treatment and rehabilitation close to their jobs, families and support systems. Since then the local partnerships in California’s 58 counties have been setting priorities for the spending of state funding with the goal of finding the best ways to stem cycles of crime based on local offender needs. These Community Corrections Partnerships have focused on a variety of programs, services and diversions to manage jail populations and help stem recidivism including: day reporting centers where classes in anger management and impulse control are offered; mental health treatment, job training and GPS monitoring instead of jail for some offenders. The report — 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: Second Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans – shows that through FY 2013-14 counties have made significant investments in local programming, staff hiring and training. Senate Bill 92 (Chapter 36, Statutes of 2011) requires the BSCC to collect each county’s Community Corrections Partnership implementation plans and submit a report to the Governor and Legislature by July 1. For more information contact Ricardo Goodridge at 916-341-5160 or