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Come to a County Community Forum about Criminal Justice Realignment

Santa Clara County Needs Your Ideas About Rehabilitating Offenders

WHAT:
In an effort by the State to comply with court mandates to reduce overcrowded prisons, associated costs and the number of inmates who reoffend and are reincarcerated, certain responsibilities are being transferred to counties. This process is referred to as “realignment.” In assessing the potential community impact, the County of Santa Clara is planning to make changes to its criminal justice system. The Santa Clara County Re-Entry Network is sponsoring, and inviting the public to attend, the first of a series of Community Forums on Criminal Justice Realignment to hear an opening panel and participate in small group discussions. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The Community Forum is hosted by the Center for Employment Training (CET) and Silicon Valley De-Bug.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara Supervisor George Shirakawa,
Chair of Board’s Public Safety and Justice Committee
Sheila Mitchell, Santa Clara County Chief Probation Officer
Laurie Smith, Santa Clara County Sheriff
John Hirokawa, Santa Clara County Chief of Correction
Representatives from Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney and Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender
Community leaders
Members of the public

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Center for Employment Training (CET) Multipurpose Room
701 Vine Street, San Jose, CA 95110

WHY:
Starting October 1, 2011, two major changes will occur in the local criminal justice system:

  1. Individuals who commit low-level offenses and are completing their prison sentences will be supervised by counties, rather than State parole offices.
  2. Individuals convicted of certain new low-level offenses (non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual registry) that before were sentenced to prison, will now be placed in the supervision of the County or residence, with options such as jail, treatment programs, and electronic monitoring.

Santa Clara County has an opportunity to transform its criminal justice system so that parolees are prepared to re-enter the community in a productive manner. Community input will be instrumental to design a plan that effectively responds to this historic shift in criminal justice.
For more information call CET at (408) 534-5322 or email svdebug@newamerica.org

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Delores Nnam, Probation Department (408) 468-1658; Gustavo Caraveo, Office of Supervisor Shirakawa (408) 299-5028
Posted: September 12, 2011