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Despite crime rate, Santa Cruz County sends few to prison

A discussion of Santa Cruz County's low use of incarceration, unique offender demographic, and what is needed for a tailored approach to local crime.

Attorneys: resolution nearing in Santa Cruz stabbing case
Attorneys: resolution nearing in Santa Cruz stabbing case Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 11, 2013
Local Reform in a Realigned Environment
Local Reform in a Realigned Environment
WEBINAR: Local reform in a realigned environment, Sept. 27, 2012
On September 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Scott MacDonald , Chief Probation Officer of Santa Cruz County, and CJCJ's Kate McCracken will present on Local reform in a realigned environment . This webinar will address the local impact of realignment and that jurisdictions must examine targeted strategies to achieve public safety goals while effectively directing limited resources. It will highlight the Santa Cruz experience and the value of data-driven techniques to deliberately restructure…
Legislation to provide more opportunities for unsentenced detainees
In California, local county jail bed space is not always for the guilty.  Approximately 50,000 un-sentenced individuals are confined to the state's county jails, awaiting their time before a judge.  A majority of these individuals are confined to local jails because they are not able to post bail .  This contributes to the 71% state average of un-sentenced individuals in county jails.  These individuals have not necessarily been deemed a flight-risk or a danger to society; they just lack the…
Cross-sector collaborations demonstrate impressive results
Counties across the state are facing unprecedented new challenges in their adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.  Pressures are increasing on local systems due to adult corrections realignment under Assembly Bill 109 and unprecedented drops in federal funding for rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.   California counties are responding to these challenges with a wide variety of responses.  While county responses vary, one factor remains constant throughout the state: The…
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline California Progress Report, June 25, 2012
A road map for adult realignment
Adult realignment, the shift of lower-level felony offenders to local supervision under AB 109, continues to pose a challenge to many counties as they struggle with how to serve this expanded population of offenders at the local level.  Recent reports indicate many of the large counties have responded through initiating a planning process to construct new jail bed space rather than shifting current practices.  A few counties have found this increased offender population manageable by…
Deliberate strategies in Santa Cruz alleviate jail space
California has seen a dramatic increase in state and local incarceration rates since the 1970's.  The current crisis confronting state and county justice systems is the product of what is now recognized as poorly conceived correctional policy and decision making primarily at the state level.  The massive rate of incarceration was avoidable.  A CJCJ recent analysis , conducted with the support and collaboration of the Santa Cruz County Probation and Sheriff Departments and the County's Superior…
Lessons Learned: The Santa Cruz County Story
Lessons Learned: The Santa Cruz County Story
Santa Cruz County tries more juveniles as adults
Santa Cruz County tries more juveniles as adults The Imperfect Parent, January 18, 2012
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average San Jose Mercury News, August 30, 2011
CJCJ embarks on new collaborative
Through a collaborative partnership, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, the Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California-Berkeley Law School, the Santa Cruz County Probation Department, and the Placer County Probation Department are currently developing data-driven strategies to reduce unnecessary incarceration of adult offenders at the county level.  Please see the following links for Santa Cruz County related websites: HelpSCC (www.helpscc.org )…
Support recovery not prison, vote 'yes' on Proposition 5
Support recovery not prison, vote 'yes' on Proposition 5 Register-Pajaronian, October 7, 2008
Peter Nichols: Prop. 5 will provide much-needed help to drug offenders
Peter Nichols: Prop. 5 will provide much-needed help to drug offenders Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 4, 2008
Quiet Crisis: Youth Violence, Race and Justice

This report is a preliminary portrait of some key trends in youth violence and the juvenile justice system in Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties since the mid-1980s.

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