Yolo County officials have scheduled four community meetings next week to discuss ways to enhance public safety in the wake of the state’s prison realignment.
Assembly Bill 109 was enacted in 2011 in an effort to reduce state prison overcrowding by placing supervision and incarceration responsibilities for people convicted of nonserious, nonsexual and nonviolent offenses with county criminal justice systems. To aid Yolo County in strengthening its realignment-related planning efforts, the Crime and Justice Institute was engaged to develop an assessment and assist the county’s criminal justice agencies in the strategic planning process, according to a county news release.
The Board of Supervisors is expanding the process with community outreach meetings to identify public priorities for consideration in further developing objectives for the criminal justice system.
In the last two years, county officials say they have sought to handle the effects of realignment by reopening jail beds; expanding community supervision; establishing substance abuse treatment programs for re-entering society from prison and jail; strengthening court responses through support to the District Attorney’s Office; reducing barriers to successful re-entry with projects in the Public Defender’s Office; and establishing a Day Reporting Center to reduce recidivism.
The community meetings will include an introduction to the planning process by members of the Board of Supervisors, followed by presentations and breakout planning sessions. The meetings will be led by Chief Probation Officer Brent Cardall, District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Sheriff Ed Prieto, along with members of the Community Corrections Partnership.
The meetings, each scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m., are scheduled: