Commentary

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: How data is helping 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

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

CA Fwd jail study on mentally ill offenders in Riverside County receives high marks

Steps to improve treatment of incarcerated presented to California council dedicated to ending the criminalization of mental illness  Read More

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

Riverside County aims to help mentally ill stop cycle of incarceration

Mentally ill offenders stayed in Riverside County jails for longer periods of time and were booked more often.  Read More

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

Riverside County moves forward with steps to make criminal justice system more cost effective

Board of Supervisors approved this week recommendations to improve public safety outcomes and cut costs with advice and analysis from CA Fwd. Read More

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

Report: Prisons and jails fast replacing hospitals as treatment centers for mentally ill

In some places,┬áten times the number of seriously mentally ill are incarcerated than the number housed in state psychiatric hospitals. Read More

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

Mentoring program offers Kern County offenders a pathway away from jail

Promising partnership with county and nonprofit having impact on high rate of return to jail by the formerly incarcerated. Read More

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

Report: New thinking needed to break cycle of incarceration of mentally ill populations

Rate of serious mental illness in prison populations shown to be two to four times higher than the community populations Read More

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

VIDEO: Innovative program shows way to graduation, not incarceration

Partnership with community college helps formerly incarcerated students with housing and support to succeed and not return to jail. Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Realignment, Crime

Study: Smart, targeted strategies key to cutting recidivism

Looking at the latest numbers from PPIC study on California arrests and convictions Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Restructuring, Crime, Partnership for Community Excellence, Restructuring