Community Services

Santa Cruz County supervisors unanimously approve CA Fwd jail recommendations

Study showing most arrests drug and alcohol related could lead to better outcomes and cost savings for county Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Specialists embedded in Riverside County jail help stabilize, treat mentally ill inmates

Program aims to better transition inmates into general population and eventually into the community Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative

Expanded substance abuse treatment finds success in Riverside County

Residents seeking treatment previously waited weeks, now placed in programs within a couple of days Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections

Report reveals gender differences in incarceration in California county

Women in Santa Cruz County jails more likely to have mental illness compared to men Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Riverside County takes proactive approach to transitioning inmates back into community

Inmates previously released often with little planning or mental health resources for life after incarceration Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative

Peer support specialist draws on own struggles to help at-risk Riverside County youth

Program pairs peer personnel with troubled youth on path to detention Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

San Bernardino County jail study by CA Fwd leading to change in criminal justice

Data gives county opportunity to make jail system more cost effective, maintain public safety Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

California county organizations warn on ACA repeal without replacement

Groups involved with health care law sign letter urging the creation of comprehensive plan to support existing coverage levels. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative

California and CA Fwd should double-down on Smart Government

In divisive era, government reform needs to start with framework based on goals, metrics, and accountability for outcomes Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Community Services, Restructuring, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

CA Fwd and Riverside County: Using Data to Solve Problems

A model for system change sprang from a need to make criminal justice more cost-effective and lower jail populations Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

Substance abuse treatment to expand in Riverside County

Low-income residents and ex-offenders will benefit from improved and expanded treatment options Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Union training partnership aims to give formerly incarcerated more than a job

Partnership uses career training and life skills classes to help ex-offenders avoid a return to incarceration Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Crime

LAPD turns to “SMART” approach for defusing mental health crisis calls

L.A. program combines training, assessment teams, and a database to prevent the mentally ill from cycling in and out of jail Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Communicating with ex-offenders on probation via texting finds success in California county

Riverside County probation clients sometimes more honest with officers via text message in new test program Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

Two counties, same challenge: Data helping to reshape California jail systems

San Bernardino and Santa Cruz are latest counties utilizing CA Fwd criminal justice research Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

Commentary: Tired of the political death-match?

Nothing unites like making government services more effective for the people who rely them and more efficient for taxpayers Read More

Categories: Community Services, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca

Successful Reentry: Partnerships on outside critical for ex-offenders making new start

Massive shift in thinking key to helping offenders successfully return to California communities Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

Probation “bridge” program aims to keep young offenders on track and out of jail

New Riverside County probation program underscores how the right interventions can help prevent costly cycle of incarceration Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Communities weigh in on improving mental illness treatment in and out of incarceration

State project on mental illness and criminal justice spends time listening to family members, advocates and clients Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

California seeks cost-effective mental health strategies to help reduce jail population

Upcoming meetings on intersection of mental health and criminal justice will ask community members and county agencies about what's working, what's not. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

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