Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform (AC3JR)

The Coalition is composed of community-based and advocacy organizations and individuals committed to creating a fair and just public safety system based on effective practices that invest in our communities, our families, and our people. A fair and sustainable system minimizes criminalization and acknowledges that detention and incarceration impoverish our communities and harm public safety.

Our advocacy goals

  1. Community engagement in RFP development

AC3JR partners seek to uphold a strong value of transparency and accountability for the county’s process of developing rentry and realignment RFPs.  We believe this is necessary because most of the $105 hundred million in realignment funds that the county received in the first four years of AB 109 implementation as been invested in service models that lack innovation, lack evidenced based results and are significantly underutilized.

  • IMPLEMENTATION: AC3JR partners OCO, Ella Baker and USC (through my efforts) have been very active for several weeksCoalition partners have be highly focused and active for months in tracking the development of the BOS promise to direct to the CBOs 50% of realignment funding for FY 2015-2016.  The amounts to $17 of which about an $8 millionb increase over previous years.  However, advocates are now concerned that the closed county process for developing the scopes of services for several new ‘buckets’ of realignment funds will lead to inadequate and underutilized program models, as has happened in the past.

 

  1. Reduce default probation term from 5 to 3 years

California is one of only a few counties in the state to enforce five year maximum terms for probation.  National data shows the somewhere in the range of eighteen months to three years is the time period for probation status to achieve productive results.  Maintaining probation longer can produce negative consequences and increase the likelihood of recidivism.

  • IMPLEMENTATION: In spite of a commitment form county CJ officials and one BOS member at the 6/23 public meeting, the DA appears to be backtracking on her commitment to support the reduction to three years. She is citing the opposition of some judges.
  • On September 4 AC3JR partners met at USC with Leah Wilson, the outgoing Superior Court Executive Officer to discuss strategiesz for approaching AC judges on CJ reform including the maximum length of probation terms.
  1. Prop 47 process improvement

Prop 47 is reflective of the Coalition’s Statement of Purpose and Goals and appears supported by all the partners.  Some did phone banking to support its passage.

  • IMPLEMENTATION: We are working to support eligible individuals gaining their PROP 47 relief within the three year window.There is just a three year window from the November 2014 Election Day for eligible individuals to seek their Prop 47
  • Additionally, we are researching approaches to tracking any county savings gained through Prop 47, so that we can press hard that they are returned to the community in the form of the treatment and rehabilitative services promised in the language of the proposition.

 

  1. Justice Reinvestment Fund

JRF is a tested model designed to return savings from lowering rates of incarceration into community-based alternatives to incarceration, including a range of prevention, intervention and restorative justice practices.  JRF can incentive and reward public and private sector providers for minimize traditional custodial and suppression strategies and move toward community-oriented evidence-based practice models.

  • IMPLEMENTATION: For the four current advocacy goals, the JRF is the only with no active implementation. We are first have to research national models.