**California Senior Reentry Fellowship Opportunity**


With support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center  and the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) have created a new senior fellow position to support California counties in effectively managing the growing numbers of individuals with behavioral health needs involved with the criminal justice system.
On May 7, 2015, policymakers gathered on the steps of the California State Capitol to support “Stepping Up,” a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. The senior fellow will work with The CSG Justice Center, CPOC, and other in-state partners to share evidence-based and innovative practices from counties around California as they address the challenges and build on the opportunities presented by, for example, the state’s criminal justice realignment, passage of Proposition 47, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act and California’s Medi-Cal expansion.
The senior fellow will:

  • Work with state and local partners to document and improve current practices for identifying and addressing behavioral health needs among local criminal justice populations
  • Through training, peer-to-peer coordination, technical assistance, and written resources, highlight counties that are taking innovative approaches to their local criminal justice situations
  • Position and support particular counties in using data to measure and improve justice and health outcomes
  • Serve as an in-state resource for the National Reentry Resource Center, including coordination with California Second Chance Act grantees
  • Assist CPOC and other in-state partners with staying abreast of national best practices and opportunities in the field 

This 12-month fellowship (with a potential 6-month extension) will be based at CPOC headquarters in Sacramento, with travel planned within California and to The CSG Justice Center’s offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, see the full position description and application. Inquiries can be sent to Hallie Fader-Towe.


CPOC Issue Brief: Graduation Sanction - Strategies for Respond to Violations of Probation Supervision 

Probation’s balanced approach to offender supervision is necessary to meet its responsibilities of keeping the public safe, holding offenders accountable, and increasing the likelihood of offenders successfully reintegrating into the community. The use of intermediate sanctions is a key component of this balanced approach and has helped to reserve terms of incarceration for only serious violations of supervision. 

Violations of probation supervision can consist of new crimes, or a “technical violation”, such as not participating in treatment, or missing a meeting with the probation officer. By using a structured sanctioning and reward policy, probation departments can use an expanding array of evidence-based tools to ensure offender compliance, while maintaining offender engagement in programs and assisting in the process of positive behavior change. Probation Departments are responsible for the supervision of 413,000 people in California (Figure 1).1 Limited jail bed space throughout the state, coupled with the length of the revocation hearing process, underscores the need for a continuum of responses to technical violations. This does not diminish the responsibility of prosecuting new crimes or responding to breaches in offender compliance.

To view the entire issue brief, click here.

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