Justice System Change Initiative

Interactive visits in San Bernardino jails strengthen parent-child ties cut by incarceration

More time together allows families to normalize relationships, reduces chance of a return to jail Read More

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

Riverside County adopts “Lean” approach to transforming probation department

Streamlining creates more time for engaging clients and hopefully preventing a return to jail  Read More

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

Parenting classes in San Bernardino jails help inmates reconnect with their children and themselves

Programs including supervised visits and trauma recovery are aimed at breaking cycles Read More

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

San Bernardino parole program helps its “students” reenter the community successfully

Partnership between state corrections and a university provides services to keep parolees on track Read More

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

California wrapping up report on cost-effective mental health strategies to cut jail population

Recommendations include better alternatives to jailing people with mental health needs Read More

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

Riverside County builds team dedicated to inmates with mental health needs

Deputies work along with mental health specialists embedded at the jails to improve success of inmates Read More

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

VIDEO: Rehabilitative programs prepare San Bernardino County inmates to live on the outside again

Community partners and Sheriff's Department team up to train on range of skills from jobs to parenting Read More

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

San Bernardino County team builds stronger “bridge” for mentally ill offenders transitioning back into community

CA Fwd jail study showed mentally ill offenders are booked twice as often and stay three times longer Read More

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

CA Fwd jail data helps counties secure anti-recidivism funds

Prop 47 grants aimed at improving mental health and substance abuse treatment Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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