The Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Office of Women's Policy (OWP) and the Department of Correction (DOC) have a history of successful collaboration and proven leadership to effectively address the needs of female inmates. The Commission (est. 1973) has addressed these needs throughout the years but gained momentum and focus once in partnership with the Office of Women's Policy (est. 1998). DOC leadership recognized the value added of gender-responsive strategies, hailed as a best practice by the National Institute of Corrections, and collaboration with CSW and OWP since 2005 has been productive.
In 2008 the award winning Breaking Cycles, Rebuilding Lives Report set the groundwork for a long-term commitment to monitoring the needs of female inmates most of whom are at the Women's Correctional Facility at Elmwood. In September 2013, an MOU was signed officially designating the CSW as the Female Jail Monitor.
Currently, there are 14 monitors trained in gender-responsive strategies who work with OWP and DOC to collect and analyze the data that informs the annual report. The first report was presented to the Public Safety and Justice Committee of the Board of Supervisors in August 2015 and can be found here or the link below.
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