Nadine Ono

Correspondent

Nadine Ono is a correspondent for California Forward. She started her career as a writer for television news shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. She then moved into the public relations arena where she worked with a variety of clients including municipalities, non-profits and major corporations.

Articles

Riverside County builds team dedicated to inmates with mental health needs

Deputies work along with mental health specialists embedded at the jails to improve success of inmates Read More

VIDEO: Rehabilitative programs prepare San Bernardino County inmates to live on the outside again

Community partners and Sheriff's Department team up to train on range of skills from jobs to parenting Read More

California Community Colleges Helping Address Nursing Shortage

Internationally-trained nurses face a difficult barrier to practice in California. The Single Subject Course pilot is one example of improving the workforce pipeline by providing international healthcare workers access to courses needed obtain their state license. Read More

San Bernardino County team builds stronger “bridge” for mentally ill offenders transitioning back into community

CA Fwd jail study showed mentally ill offenders are booked twice as often and stay three times longer Read More

Following father’s footsteps into welding, California student aims to inspire more women

The only woman in her college welding class, she went on to win awards in statewide competition Read More

CA Fwd jail data helps counties secure anti-recidivism funds

Prop 47 grants aimed at improving mental health and substance abuse treatment Read More

Santa Cruz County supervisors unanimously approve CA Fwd jail recommendations

Study showing most arrests drug and alcohol related could lead to better outcomes and cost savings for county Read More

Specialists embedded in Riverside County jail help stabilize, treat mentally ill inmates

Program aims to better transition inmates into general population and eventually into the community Read More

Expanded substance abuse treatment finds success in Riverside County

Residents seeking treatment previously waited weeks, now placed in programs within a couple of days Read More

Report reveals gender differences in incarceration in California county

Women in Santa Cruz County jails more likely to have mental illness compared to men Read More

Riverside County takes proactive approach to transitioning inmates back into community

Inmates previously released often with little planning or mental health resources for life after incarceration Read More

Peer support specialist draws on own struggles to help at-risk Riverside County youth

Program pairs peer personnel with troubled youth on path to detention Read More

San Bernardino County jail study by CA Fwd leading to change in criminal justice

Data gives county opportunity to make jail system more cost effective, maintain public safety Read More

California county organizations warn on ACA repeal without replacement

Groups involved with health care law sign letter urging the creation of comprehensive plan to support existing coverage levels. Read More

Summit: Strong supply of housing and water key to upward mobility in California

Public and private leaders came together to stress the urgency of state's housing crisis and persistent water issues  Read More

California’s higher education leadership share Summit stage to talk upward mobility

California leaders at Summit tout needed investment & long-term planning for state's higher education system Read More

Challenges of housing, workforce and water take spotlight on day one of 2016 Summit

Action teams gathered to brainstorm ideas to tackle premier problems putting a drag on California's upward mobility Read More

Substance abuse treatment to expand in Riverside County

Low-income residents and ex-offenders will benefit from improved and expanded treatment options Read More

How California’s housing affordability gap can strain family health

The struggle to cover housing needs and other costs can lead to toxic levels of stress and poor decision making Read More

LAPD turns to “SMART” approach for defusing mental health crisis calls

L.A. program combines training, assessment teams, and a database to prevent the mentally ill from cycling in and out of jail Read More

Communicating with ex-offenders on probation via texting finds success in California county

Riverside County probation clients sometimes more honest with officers via text message in new test program Read More

Two counties, same challenge: Data helping to reshape California jail systems

San Bernardino and Santa Cruz are latest counties utilizing CA Fwd criminal justice research Read More

Successful Reentry: Partnerships on outside critical for ex-offenders making new start

Massive shift in thinking key to helping offenders successfully return to California communities Read More

Probation “bridge” program aims to keep young offenders on track and out of jail

New Riverside County probation program underscores how the right interventions can help prevent costly cycle of incarceration Read More

California seeks cost-effective mental health strategies to help reduce jail population

Upcoming meetings on intersection of mental health and criminal justice will ask community members and county agencies about what's working, what's not. Read More

CA Fwd jail study on mentally ill offenders in Riverside County receives high marks

Steps to improve treatment of incarcerated presented to California council dedicated to ending the criminalization of mental illness  Read More

Riverside County aims to help mentally ill stop cycle of incarceration

Mentally ill offenders stayed in Riverside County jails for longer periods of time and were booked more often.  Read More

Riverside County moves forward with steps to make criminal justice system more cost effective

Board of Supervisors approved this week recommendations to improve public safety outcomes and cut costs with advice and analysis from CA Fwd. Read More

Report: Prisons and jails fast replacing hospitals as treatment centers for mentally ill

In some places, ten times the number of seriously mentally ill are incarcerated than the number housed in state psychiatric hospitals. Read More

Mentoring program offers Kern County offenders a pathway away from jail

Promising partnership with county and nonprofit having impact on high rate of return to jail by the formerly incarcerated. Read More

San Diego job center uses employment to prevent a return behind bars

Participants in reentry program receive workshops, employment services, even the loan of business attire. Read More

Report: New thinking needed to break cycle of incarceration of mentally ill populations

Rate of serious mental illness in prison populations shown to be two to four times higher than the community populations Read More

Riverside Supervisors adopt criminal justice reform recommendations by CA Fwd and partners

Partnership with County will use data to drive creation of cost-effective solutions to reduce the need for incarceration. Read More

Report: Reforming felony threshold for theft would not increase crime rates

New data shows that states could likely reduce costs of incarceration without a negative impact on crime. Read More

How culture shift and data redefined probation success in Riverside County

Focusing on results and data helped staff rethink about what their department could do to lessen the burden on the jails. Read More

CA Fwd and Riverside County put data to work on jail overcrowding

The county probation department successfully used data analysis to create a 25 percent reduction in probation violations since spring of 2014. Read More

Summit generated ideas to better manage California’s long-term water issues

Attendees put their heads together to create real actions to conserve, capture and reuse 1 million acre-feet of water every year. Read More

Summit sharpened strategies to take on California’s affordable housing crisis

Action plan to address challenge to build 1 million more affordable homes emerged from Day 2 of the 2015 California Economic Summit in Ontario. Read More

Economic Summit creates action plan to train one million more skilled workers

Attendees brainstormed strategies to close the skills gap and improve California's workforce which could have a shortage of 1 million credentialed workers over the next decade. Read More

What does rise of California no-party voter mean for major party outreach?

As voters increasingly register No Party Preference, experts say major parties will need to evaluate how to campaign and engage with citizens in less traditional ways.  Read More

Low voter turnout seen among fast growing California demographic groups

Predicted population trends will result in more eligible Latinos and Asian Americans in California, but if voter turnout percentages remain at low levels, the groups will remain under-represented in the political process. Read More

Report: Taking open data to next level requires quality data, committed leaders

While city governments are increasingly making their data open, the standards of data quality and leadership dedicated to initiatives are often all over the map, says a new report from USC. Read More

Bill signed by governor creates workforce data “dashboard” to improve education

Effort will look at student progress before and after graduation to track the effectiveness of how the state is preparing workers.  Read More

Online voter info key to getting hyper-connected Millennials to the polls

Remember a time when you couldn't think of any song or any clip from any movie, look it up on YouTube and immediately share it with a friend in a few seconds time? Millennials don’t. Read More

Latino Millennials are an expanding and influential voter demo

Hispanic Millennials make up about seven percent of California’s voting population and are influential both for their own numbers and how they also provide information to older generations Read More

California voter turnout will depend on educating unaffiliated Millennials

The millennial generation increasingly has identifies as "no party preference" and votes less than other generations. That means voter turnout will increasingly rely on getting more voter information to that population. Read More