On March 1, 2011, at the request of County Supervisor George Shirakawa, the board of supervisors established a cross-system reentry network to develop and implement a reentry plan for the county. The Reentry Network is led by an eight-member governance team, which is responsible for the vision, direction, and accountability of the group. Network membership is open to any individuals and organizations providing reentry services or with interest in supporting the reentry efforts in Santa Clara County.
Since August 2011, the Reentry Network has been meeting on a quarterly basis with the focus of implementing policy and procedure changes that will better assist with a successful reentry transition. Network members provide expertise, operations support, and guidance to the governance team.
Cindy Chavez, Chair, Reentry Network Governance
John Hirokawa, Chief, Department of Correction
Brian Walsh, Presiding Judge of Santa Clara County Superior Court
Laura Garnette, Chief, Probation Department
Dan Peddycord, Director, Public Health Department
Jose Salcido, City of San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force
Laurie Smith, County Sheriff and Co-Chair of the Reentry Network
Cora Tomalinas, Community/Faith Leader and Co-Chair of the Reentry Network
Molly O’Neal, Public Defender
Jeff Rosen, District Attorney
Michael Sellers, Chief of Police – Santa Clara Police Department
Bruce Wagstaff, Director of Social Services
Nancy Pena, Director of Mental Health Department
Luke Leung, Director of Employment Services
Bruce Copley, Director of Alcohol and Drug Services
Dr Mary Ann Dewan, Superintendent of County Office of Education
Kasey Halcon, Silicon Valley FACES-Victim Witness Program
Garry Herceg, Director of Pre-Trial Services
Erin O’Brien, Representative from Community Based Organizations
Rose Amador, Representative from Community Based Organizations
Build safer communities and strengthen families through successful reintegration and reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals back into Santa Clara County.
To reduce recidivism by using evidence-based practices in implementing a seamless system of services, supports, and supervision.
The Santa Clara County Reentry Network is guided by the following principles and values:
- Reentry and reintegration begin while the individual is incarcerated.
- Evidence-based practices are utilized when developing programs and policies.
- Collaboration, coordination, information, and communication are critical to the success and sustainability of the Reentry Network.
- High – to moderate-risk formerly incarcerated individuals are targeted through the use of validated assessment tools.
- Assessment and case management tools targeting continuous reentry planning are incorporated at the point of admission to the criminal justice system and continue to be used through pre- and post-release.
- The strategic plan is gender-responsive, trauma-informed, and culturally competent.