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County of Santa Clara Addresses Principles of Effective Intervention to Reduce Recidivism

Workshop to Gather Leaders in Criminology, Encourage Collaborations to Make Communities Safer

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a special workshop to learn from nationally renowned criminology expert, Dr. Edward Latessa on what works to reduce recidivism, the tendency to relapse into criminal behavior. Dr. Latessa is an engaging speaker, who along with Bobbie Huskey & Associates, are currently evaluating the County jail programs for effectiveness.

Workshop topics include: Principles of Effective Intervention, Characteristics of Effective Programs, What Works in Reducing Recidivism, How to Adjust Existing Programs to Improve Performance Outcomes.

Co-Hosted by:
County of Santa Clara Supervisor George Shirakawa,
Chair of the Board’s Public Safety and Justice Committee
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith
Chief of Correction John Hirokawa
Keynote Speaker: Edwards J. Latessa,
Ph.D., Director, Center for Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
Moderator: Bobbie Huskey, MSW, Huskey and Associates

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Chambers, 70 W, Hedding Street, San Jose

Using an exhaustive study coordinated by the Department of Correction, and the insight and guidance from experts in the field, community based organizations and leaders, the County of Santa Clara continues to work on reducing recidivism. This workshop takes place days before Supervisor George Shirakawa will introduce his proposal to establish a countywide Re-Entry Network to effectively combine existing efforts within the community and justice system to make the community safer by improving the outcomes for ex-offenders released into the community. With the State’s proposed realignment of parolees and the County’s criminal and juvenile justice system facing a $40 million budget deficit, knowing what works and what doesn’t work in the field of correction is more important than ever.

Media Contact: Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Sgt. Rick Sung, Sheriff’s Office/Department of Correction (408) 808-4905; Andrea Flores Shelton, Supervisor Shirakawa’s Office (408) 299-5023
Posted: February 18, 2011