Alameda County Probation Department Awarded $3 Million for Innovative Reentry Practices through Bureau of Justice Assistance Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Programs
The Alameda County Probation Department (ACPD) received three awards totaling $2,994,325 through the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 grant programs to implement innovative reentry practices for clients returning to Alameda County from jail or prison.
Two grants provide funding to expand and evaluate ACPD's Pathways Home initiative, which involves a partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to strengthen the reentry process for individuals returning home to Alameda County from state prison on post-release community supervision. The Pathways Home initiative involves four primary components: (1) case-planning video conferences conducted with clients before they are released from prison; (2) workbooks with valuable reentry information delivered to clients prior ro their release; (3) virtual reality videos that allow clients to practice responses to challenging situations in safe, virtual environments; and (4) a mobile application called Vergil that helps clients track meeting with probation officers, court dates, and steps involbed in achieving their case plan goals.
Alameda County Reimagining Juvenile Justice Forum
Board of Supervisor, Richard Valle, and Chief Probation Officer, Wendy Still, hosted the Forum on Reimagining Juvenile Justice on Thursday, October 22, 2020 and Friday, October 23, 2020
With the current environmental, health, social, and economic crisis, governments at all levels have been faced with increased social safety-net need and diminishing revenues. These drivers accelerated the State of California’s conversations and ultimate decision to close the Division of Juvenile Justice through Senate Bill 823. It is with these major factors that the Board of Supervisors and the Probation Department held a two-day virtual forum on Reimagining Juvenile Justice in Alameda County.
Launch of Tyler Supervision Department Wide
On Monday, October 12, 2020, the Alameda County Probation Department expanded its state-of-the-art, cloud-based automated case management system, Tyler Supervision, throughout the entire department. This system reflects the department’s “first-of-its kind” transition from a legacy system to a 21st century solution. The ultimate goal of this project was to build a system that supports data-informed practice, transparency, and accountability that allows the Alameda County Probation Department to monitor operations associated with its programs and practices, and its impact on client outcomes.
Honoring the Belief that People Can Change
Welcome to the Alameda County Probation Department’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 report, Honoring The Belief That People Can Change. This report highlights the collective efforts of the many partners that have come together to support adults and youth on probation in Alameda County. As a collaborative, we recognize that together we can significantly improve the lives of our clients, and that regardless of prior circumstances, everyone deserves a second change.
Building a Great Tomorrow, Today
The Alameda County Probation Department’s 2 ½ year report, Building A Great Tomorrow, Today, reflects the Department’s dedication to this evolution and to making this community the safest in the nation. Every day, Department staff, stakeholders, and volunteers strive to make a lasting difference in the lives of our clients and members of the community. The Department’s commitment to utilizing research, data, and evidence-based practices, developing collaborative partnerships, and listening to the experiences and perspectives of our clients, their families, and our stakeholders, enables us to accomplish this goal.
Ordinance to Eliminate Fines, Fees for Defendants
An ordinance amending section 2.42.190 of the administrative code to eliminate probation fees; repealing resolution 2011-142 regarding public defender/conflict counsel fees for representation of indigent adults; and eliminating sheriff's work alternative program administrative and attendance fees.