Community Corrections

This week in Realignment: April 5, 2013

Our weekly digest of the news in the world of public safety realignment. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

This Week in Realignment: March 29, 2013

The recognition that realignment is, by nature, a local issue is a vital one Read More

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Realignment—What’s the Real Story?

It was another busy week in the world of public safety realignment in California as the implementation of historic legislation that has helped enable California to close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of state prisons continues. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

Catching up on 25 years of technological advances after incarceration

Upon my release, my wife passed me an iPhone 4S. It was far smaller than the Motorola cellphone that I used back in 1987, when my journey through America’s prison system began. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Michael G. Santos, Partnership for Community Excellence

The PCE Realignment Digest: Jan 7 - Jan 11, 2013

We present the initial installment of the PCE Realignment Digest, which will bring an informed perspective to the table on all of the important realignment-related news from the prior week. Read More

Categories: Government, Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

Gov. Brown wants the Supreme Court out of California prisons

Gov. Jerry Brown made a bold yet calculated play this week to challenge the Federal Court’s continued jurisdiction over the California prison system as part of a ruling that mandated a reduction in the state prison population.  Read More

Categories: Government, Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

A reentry program that puts offenders to work

Helping ex-offenders successfully reenter society as law-abiding, tax-paying citizens is a win for everyone. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Michael G. Santos, Partnership for Community Excellence

Michael Santos: The journey back to society continues

Rather than focusing on living as a model inmate, more than 15 years ago I started thinking about what I would need to emerge as a law-abiding, contributing citizen. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Michael G. Santos, Partnership for Community Excellence

Michael G. Santos: Working with the system that incarcerated me

In this entry, Michael Santos accepts that he will only be seen as a criminal while on the inside, so he figures way to prepare for an exit and make the best of his time inside. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Michael G. Santos, Partnership for Community Excellence

Michael G. Santos: Preparation key for a successful re-entry to society

As I expressed in my initial blog entries, a commitment to prepare for a law-abiding, contributing life upon release drove my adjustment throughout the quarter century that I served. Had I not made that commitment to prepare for reentry early in my term, I’d now be living a life of complication and struggle. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Michael G. Santos, Partnership for Community Excellence

The data on crime, recidivism, and jail capacity

As part of the ongoing work of the Partnership for Community Excellence, we take a look at the data between crime rates, recidivism and jail capacity and what that relationship means for the world we all live in. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

Early childhood education has bigger impact on California economy than you think

A conference at UCLA's Anderson School of Management tackled the effects of early education on job skills and workforce issues Read More

Categories: Economy, Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

While in prison, Michael Santos reconciles with society

In the second installment of the series, Michael G. Santos discusses his journey through prison and how he focused all of his time on reconciling with society and using his vantage point on the inside to learn more about the criminal justice system. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Michael G. Santos, Partnership for Community Excellence

Report: California criminal justice could rethink treatment of pre-trial detainees

Today the Partnership for Community Excellence released a report that details several steps counties could take aimed at reducing their pretrial detainee population and increasing the overall efficiency in how that population is processed and ultimately save significant budget money. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

An introduction: Michael G. Santos returns to society

Twenty five years ago, Michael G. Santos was convicted for trafficking cocaine. He reformed himself in prison and because of realignment, is able to spend the final year of his sentence in a halfway house in San Francisco. Here is the start of his story. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Michael G. Santos, Partnership for Community Excellence

What’s the real story on California Realignment?

Recently, there has been a flurry of media activity aimed at assessing whether California Realignment is making any real progress. We think that for the most part, the media are getting it wrong. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

California Realignment: Pace quickens for now

Recidivism is down and more inmates are reporting to the probation officers than before, but some county officials bristle at having so many offenders "dumped" into their laps without enough time to plan or react.  Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

Cautious optimism defines current state of California prison realignment

As early data show positive signs, restructuring has the California government poised to tackle realignment with a new look Read More

Categories: Government, Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

Public safety realignment: A very early report card

Realignment is about trying something different, trying to get the best results at the best price and ignoring the need for instant gratification. Read More

Categories: Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

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