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Op-Ed How Californias job standards worsen recidivism California has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country: Fifty-eight percent of individuals released from prison end up back in the system within three years, compared with the national average of 40% when excluding California, according to a 2011 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Although there are a host of reasons for this unfortunate distinction, one is that the Golden State government makes it unusually difficult for its struggling residents to find jobs. (Posted January 2017)

More Employers Hiring People with Criminal Backgrounds As the economy improves, its becoming more difficult for employers to recruit and hire qualified employees. This is nudging organizations to take another look at job applicants who have been incarcerated... (Posted September 2016)

Justice Department Will Phase Out Its Use Of Private Prisons U.S. Justice Department officials plan to phase out their use of private prisons to house federal inmates, reasoning that the contract facilities offer few benefits for public safety or taxpayers (Posted September 2016)

Small Business Administration Partners with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Justine PETERSEN to Launch $2.1 Million in Entrepreneurship Training and Microloans for Previously Incarcerated Citizens (Posted August 2016)

Local Re-Entry Program Shows Promise for Inmates People serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego County custody recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes... (Posted August 2016)

Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration Every year, more than 11 million people move through Americas 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year... (Posted July 2016)

Guide to the California Mental Health and Addiction Rehab Landscape California residents battle addiction and substance abuse at rates higher than Americans in general, as 10.43 percent of Californians reported past-month illicit drug use in 2010, compared to the national average of 8.82 percent... (Posted July 2016)

Craft Training Redefines Life Behind Bars (Posted July 2016)

Movement Advancement Project | Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People (Posted July 2016)

Coverage on our 2nd Annual Reentry Resource Fair & Prop 47 Clinic 'I'm looking for a fresh start,' say ex-cons attending job, resource fair in Anaheim

New Ban the Box Toolkit

The 2015-16 Budget: Implementation of Proposition 47 Spending State Savings. While the state savings that will result from Proposition 47 is subject to significant uncertainty, we estimate that the annual savings will likely range from $100 million to $200 million beginning in 2016-17. (Posted November 2015)

California's Prop. 47 revolution: Give reform a chance to work. (Posted October 2015)

Unintended Consequences of Prop 47 (Posted October 2015)

Secretary of State Padilla drops efforts to prevent felons from voting - LA Times. California election officials are reversing a policy that prevents 45,000 felons from casting ballots, placing the state in the forefront of a movement to boost voting rights for ex-criminals.. (Posted August 2015)

Number of Adults Incarcerated by the State is Projected to Decline Through 2016, Then Increase Slightly (Posted July 2015)

Step-By-Step Reclassification Chart for Prop 47 How to reclassify your felony under Prop 47 (Posted July 2015)

Tax Payer Investment in Prison Rehab Pays off! Since the passage of Proposition 47 last November, over 1,000 former prisoners have been released back into society in Orange County and there are many more to come. (Posted March 2015)

Support AB 396 to Stop Housing Discrimination Existing law generally prohibits housing discrimination with respect to the personal characteristics of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, or genetic information. This bill would make it unlawful for the owner of any rental housing accommodation to deny the rental or lease of a housing accommodation without first satisfying specified requirements relating to the application process. (Posted March 2015)

Felony Sentencing after Realignment By Judge Couzens The Criminal Justice Realignment Act of 2011 makes significant changes to the sentencing and supervision of persons convicted of felony offenses. The new legislation amends a broad array of statutes concerning where a defendant will serve his or her sentence and how a defendant is to be supervised on parole. (Posted March 2015)

Orange County Collaborative Courts News (Posted February 2015)

State court rules jail for drug use on parole violates Prop. 36 (Posted January 2015)

Screening Out Family Time: The for-profit video visitation industry in prisons and jails is the first comprehensive take on the video visitation industry which is growing quickly - without oversight. For the executive summary click here. To read the report click here. For more information click here. (Posted January 2015)

Changing Your Record Under Proposition 47 With the passage of Proposition 47, certain low-level, nonviolent felonies can now be changed to misdemeanors on old criminal records. If you or someone you know has a prior criminal record with a felony record for any of the following crimes, you may qualify to remove the felony from your record and change it to a misdemeanor... (Posted December 2014)

Analysis of Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Posted November 2014)

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Releases Proposed Statewide Definition of Recidivism (Posted October 2014)

California Improves Realignment Funding Formula. Changes to Californias prison realignment funding formula based on poverty rates and the effects of state prisons on the counties in which they are located will result in correctional funding boosts for several counties. (Posted October 2014)

Prop 47 is a voter ballot initiative for the November 2014 California ballot that will end felony sentencing for simple drug possession and petty theft crimes, safely stem the tide of over-incarceration, and direct financial savings to K-12 education, mental health treatment , and victim services. It is estimated that 10,000 persons will be eligible to be released. (Posted September 2014)

Judge Orders Overhaul in Segregation for Californias Mentally Ill Inmates Segregating prison inmates who repeatedly break the rules or turn violent against other inmates or guards is not new in California... (Posted August 2014)

Criminal Stigma, Race, Gender and Employment: An Expanded Assessment of the Consequences of Imprisonment on Employment Webinar on how imprisonment affects employment opportunities. (Posted July 2014)

Housing First Helps Keep Ex-Inmates Off the Streets (and Out of Prison) (Posted July 2014)

California Budget Removes Food Stamps Ban for People with Drug Felonies (Posted June 2014)

Instead of "One Size Fits All" Justice That Hurts Communities, Let's Get Smart on Crime (Posted June 2014)

One Simple Way to Save Taxpayers $7B Annually. Giving drug offenders treatment instead of prison time benefits us all. (Posted May 2014)

The Enrollment Opportunity for Criminal Justice Populations We co-hosted a webinar with The California Endowment and Californians for Safety and Justice to discuss the work currently being done to ensure that criminal justice populations are connecting to the new coverage options available as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Watch the recording... (Posted May 2014)

Take Action California is a virtual, one-stop, for political activism, action alerts, fact sheets, and events in support of grassroots advocacy throughout California. It is an e-advocate system. One area of focus is criminal justice reform that aims to promote the rights of the formerly and currently incarcerated, create alternatives to prison, and challenge race, gender, and class inequalities in the criminal justice system. (Posted April 2014)

CSJ is seeking people who have a felony conviction who are willing to share their stories: Californians for Safety and Justice (www.SafeandJust.org) is a nonprofit project of the Tides Center working to replace prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. CSJ is committed to elevating the voices of people affected by ineffective criminal justice policies to tell their personal stories in order to illuminate some of the policy changes that need to be made. We are looking for people from across California who have been convicted of a non-violent felony offense who are interested in sharing their stories. For more information contact Jessica Flintoft, consultant to Californians for Safety and Justice, at jflintoft@gmail.com. (Posted April 2014)

Biggest Overhaul in Federal Drug Sentencing in Decades Clears Major Hurdle (Posted March 2014)

Reallocation of Responsibility: Changes to the Correctional System in California Post-Realignment. (Posted March 2014)

The New Normal? Prosecutorial Charging in California After Public Safety Realignment (Posted March 2014)

ENROLLING COUNTY JAIL AND PROBATION POPULATIONS IN HEALTH COVERAGE Since 2010, both the nations health care system and
Californias criminal justice system have undergone unprecedented reforms. This toolkit outlines what these two parallel transitions have to do with one another, and how Californias counties can leverage them to reduce costs and increase public safety. Inside, public safety officials, county
executives and community stakeholders will learn... (Posted February 2014)

No link between Californias Prison Realignment and Increased Crime, Study Says Despite being blamed by some members of law enforcement for a recent uptick in crime in some counties, there is no connection between Californias Prison Realignment and increased criminal activity, according to a report released Wednesday. (Posted February 2014)

SoCal counties face differing issues on enrolling offenders in expanded Medi-Cal (Posted February 2014)

Family-Youth Initiative (FYI): Developing National Standards in Juvenile Justice for Engaging Family (Posted January 2014)

OJJDP Family Listening Sessions From March through July 2011, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in collaboration with the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Education Development Center, convened four listening sessions with families and youth who had direct experiences with the juvenile justice system at the local and state levels. The discussions focused on four broad topic areas: the expectations and the reality of families' first encounters with the juvenile justice system, whether the youths needs were met during the period of confinement, how the family was treated and served while their child was confined, and the availability of aftercare services. This report presents a summary of the participants experiences and the many insightful recommendations for reform that they shared during the listening sessions. (Posted January 2014)

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to ramp up spending on private prisons (Posted January 2014)

Funding Public Safety Realignment Californias recent public safety realignment transferred substantial authority and funds from the state to the counties to manage lower-level felon populations. The success or failure of this experiment will have profound implications throughout the state, beyond just the realm of public safety. (Posted December 2013)

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Launches Initiative to Reduce Recidivism in California  (Posted November 2013)

Stanford Law School, Voices from the Field: How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment  (Posted November 2013)

Stanford Law School, Follow the Money: How California Counties Are Spending Their Public Safety Realignment Funds   (Posted November 2013)

California bill prohibits criminal background questions by government agencies Its now on Gov. Jerry Browns desk, waiting for his signature a controversial bill that would prohibit state and local government agencies from asking job applicants if they have a criminal history. (Posted September 2013)

California Senate Approves Common Sense Drug Sentencing Reform Bill - S.B. 649 Would Help End Californias Over incarceration Crisis by Reducing Needless and Costly Incarceration for Low Level Drug Possession and Freeing Up Money for Programs Proven to Reduce Recidivism

The Center for Effective Public Policy (the Center) and its partners, The Urban Institute and The Carey Group, were selected by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to serve as the training and technical assistance providers to Presidential Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) grantees. As part of the PRI TTA Program, eleven "Coaching Packets" were developed.

Re-Entry Myth Busters - The following link which can be accessed through the National Reentry Resource Center website provides a series of fact sheets intended to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. These myth busters include topics that range from Social Security Benefits to Public Housing and Hiring individuals with a criminal record.

CDCR Fact Sheet: Realignment The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has published an updated fact sheet pertaining to the 2011 Public Safety Realignment. Please review the link below for general information on the realignment and how it could potentially impact our local communities.


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