Community Services

Substance abuse treatment to expand in Riverside County

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Union training partnership aims to give formerly incarcerated more than a job

Partnership uses career training and life skills classes to help ex-offenders avoid a return to incarceration Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

Commentary: Tired of the political death-match?

Nothing unites like making government services more effective for the people who rely them and more efficient for taxpayers Read More

Categories: Community Services, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Communities weigh in on improving mental illness treatment in and out of incarceration

State project on mental illness and criminal justice spends time listening to family members, advocates and clients Read More

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Realignment, Crime

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

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

Categories: Community Services, Community Corrections, Justice System Change Initiative, Crime

Commentary: Fighting Poverty in America

Too often poverty initiatives are not tailored to local community needs and not driven by evidence of effective outcomes. Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Economy, Regional Economies, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber

California Treasurer Chiang calls out pay to play in school bond elections

Good government organizations applaud effort to stop questionable bankrolling of campaign activities in local bond election campaigns Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Fiscal Reform, Accountability, Transparency

CA Fwd’s Eloy Oakley named chancellor of the California Community Colleges system

Innovative leader in public higher education will become the first Latino to helm the 113-college system Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Innovation in Higher Education, Economy, Leadership Council, Education, Leadership Council

VIDEO: School officials and equity groups team up to close achievement gap

Coalition of school districts and education equity organizations came together to find common ground. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula, Education

New programs launched to help California foster youth succeed in school

Foster youth achievement in school, from K-12 to college, is challenged by instability, housing and healthcare issues. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Education

The Achievement Gap: Don’t forget the individuality of students behind the numbers

As California works to close the education achievement gap, labels should not be used to define academic potential of our students. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Local Control Funding Formula

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