New California Statewide Poll Finds Strong Support for Alternatives to Jail for Non-Violent Offenders, Strong Opposition to Building More Jails
Tulchin Research recently conducted a statewide survey among likely California voters to assess public opinion toward budget priorities and criminal justice issues one year into the state’s “realignment” plan to shift certain public safety responsibilities and resources to the counties.
In general, voters believe our elected officials should invest much more into alternatives to incarceration than they are doing now and they do not want taxpayer dollars used to build more prisons and jails.Specifically, voters in California strongly support reforming pre-trial release policies to require supervised monitoring in the community instead of jail while awaiting trial and they are willing to hold elected officials accountable for not supporting this reform.
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Responsibility, Rehabilitation & Restoration: A Symposium on Crime, Punishment and the Common Good in California
The purpose of this statewide event, sponsored by the California Catholic Conference, was to convene those affected by the criminal justice system, from victims to offenders to criminal justice professionals to Church and public leaders from various faith perspectives. Participants gathered from across the state to discuss how to transform society's response to crime from a paradigm of retribution and punishment toward one of rehabilitation, restoration and reconciliation. The organizers intentionally explored specific calls to actions for the members of the community.
Jaimee Karroll, IPP's Training, Education, Curriculum and Replication Director, and VOEG Facilitator, participated on the panel discussion titled, "Voices of Community Organizations Sharing Best Practices and Emerging Models". The panel addressed how communities can empower themselves and partner with government agencies to implement restorative justice practices.
About this series: Under pressure from the U.S. Supreme Court to reduce prison overcrowding and improve inmate healthcare, California Governor Jerry Brown started transferring authority for nearly 40,000 low-level convicts from state prisons to city and county systems. KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting examined the impact of these unprecedented and far reaching efforts to overhaul California's prison system.
Click here to see the KQED Coverage of Realignment Implementation