Reporting: Partnership for Community Excellence Archives

Contra Costa County shines bright as example of AB 109 success

A culture of mutual respect exists between probation, sheriff, the district attorney and public defender without which Contra Costa would not be able to achieve the astounding statistical success it has seen since 2010 Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

An actor’s death sheds light on the need for evidence based addiction treatment

Any time someone dies from a drug overdose, it is a tragedy. Not just because of the loss of human life, but because it was most likely preventable given the right approach to treating drug addiction. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

Gov.‘s budget proposal puts money toward better public safety outcomes

If the spirit and letter of this budget on the public safety front remain intact after the Legislative gauntlet, we see big gains ahead on all fronts. Read More

Categories: Crime, State Budget, Jerry Brown, Partnership for Community Excellence

Realignment in Review: The collision course of political viability and economic sustainability

In a nutshell, if we are ever to reduce recidivism and victimization over the long haul, the California criminal justice system avoid being an “offense based” decision-making model, meaning the suspect committed “X” offense so our response is “Y”.  Read More

Categories: Partnership for Community Excellence

Year in Review: Public Safety Realignment and the PCE

Sharon Aungst, director of the Partnership for Community Excellence, reflects on 2013 and the state of public safety realignment in California Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

Week in Realignment: Back to Basics Pt. 2

This week, we tackle two more topics intertwined with our inaugural one: the differences between prisons and jails and between Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

Realignment in Review: Back to the basics

Most of the realignment coverage here assumes a fair amount of knowledge on our readers' part. Here we take a step back to cover some of the basics. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

Words to Deeds brings light to mental health services in justice system

Words to Deeds's mission is to "end the criminalization of individuals with mental illness by supporting proven strategies that promote early intervention, access to effective treatments, a planned reentry and the preservation of public safety." Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

Realignment in Review: The struggle to bring services to AB 109’s probationers

The most likely to go to jail are those that have been there before; a closer eye needs to be kept on the recently released to make sure they’re taking advantage of the services offered with AB 109 funding, and there has to be a legal mechanism to ensure that. If that doesn’t happen, California is right back where it started. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

Realignment in Review: Sentencing reform is necessary

The way we sentence those who have committed crimes may be the single most important aspect of the criminal justice system we can change Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

Realignment in Review: Two studies reinforce long term goals for Realignment

Two studies, one in-state and one national, dominate the world of realignment news this week. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

This week in Realignment: October 25, 2013

When 2,000 people on probation in Los Angeles County are unaccounted for, it is disconcerting to hear, especially for the public. But as always, there is context to a seemingly gaudy number. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

This week in Realignment: October 18, 2013

The moment someone is fully committed into the corrections system is when they are sentenced and that dictates the rest of their path. If someone is mentally ill or addicted to drugs, that path shouldn’t necessarily lead to a jail cell. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

This week in Realignment: October 11, 2013

The theme of the week has been legislation and the realm of inmate health care was no exception. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

AB 109 turns two: What’s next?

Let’s begin the third year of AB 109 with a renewed purpose to reduce recidivism, save money, and foster collaboration Read More

Categories: Partnership for Community Excellence

This week in Realignment: September 27, 2013

A recent extension granted by the three judge panel provides an extra month to get all parties on board with a solution for the final shift of inmates out of state prisons Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

This week in Realignment: September 20, 2013

Regardless of what the court dictates with respect to SB 105, California must continue to embrace this shift long-term as it is the only true means of attacking recidivism at the source Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

This week in Realignment: September 13, 2013

In three weeks, it has gone from head-butting to hand-shaking over exactly how to go about reducing California’s state prison population by another 8,500 inmates Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

A conversation with Terri McDonald, Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff - Part Three

Part 3 has her discussing the potential benefits of the upcoming Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation to Los Angeles County's jail system and what she sees as the future of AB 109. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

AB 109: A rare opportunity for thoughtful criminal justice

Tom Hoffman, a former longtime police officer and Director of Adult Parole Operations in California, weighs in on the complications and potential of AB 109. Read More

Categories: Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence

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