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AB 109 sheds light on need for sentencing reform in California

Perhaps the most politically sensitive discussion now boiling just beneath the very controlled surface of public debate is sentencing reform. Read More

Categories: Crime

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

AB 109’s success hinges on evidence-based programming

One of the core obligations of the criminal justice system is to mitigate the risk violent criminals represent to the public at large, to the extent possible.  Read More

Categories: Crime

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

Ventura Police Department reaps benefits of crime fighting technology

It’s a brand new year and the Ventura Police Department is kicking it off with a brand new crime fighting tool to boost response times  Read More

Categories: Crime, Accountability

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

A conversation with Connie Rice on mass incarceration

Rice recently sat down with California Forward to discuss the award as well as her perspective on violence prevention and mass incarceration. Read More

Categories: Crime, Economy, Accountability

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

This week in Realignment: Guest Column by Tom Hoffman

It is in this time period that budget cuts to rehabilitative programming, service provider contracts and staffing reductions began were felt in all corners of the department. Read More

Categories: Crime

C-ROB Report: How politics has hampered California Corrections

It is important to understand this report is simply one in a long list of wonderfully crafted reviews, audits and reports submitted to the State and CDCR since 2005 or so. Read More

Categories: Crime

AB 109 turns two: What’s next?

As we mark the two year anniversary of Assembly Bill 109's implementation, realignment is still not an issue that lends itself easily to sound bites. Read More

Categories: Crime

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