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Resources for Fostering State and Local Collaboration

Contact External Affairs:
Telephone: (916) 445-4950

Welcome to the CDCR’s realignment webpage. All of us at CDCR are committed to being the best partner as possible as we all work to implement public safety realignment.  The following information and accompanying links detail much the information and resources that the CDCR has made available or will be making available. We ask that if there are any resources that have yet to be provided or that would be helpful to please let us know.

Types of Resources

State-County Collaborative Work Groups

State, county and community organizations have been meeting regularly, both internally and externally, to define and implement realignment. The work groups cover capacity issues, restitution, data sharing, court collaboration, complex cases, medical and mental health release protocols, PRCS, contracting with the CDCR as well as many others. Meetings will continue and be tailored to the needs of operationalizing realignment and will continue as needed once realignment is realized. 

Additionally, CDCR has attended several meetings and provided information and support at meetings in a variety of local environments and as requested by any local organization.  These presentations include but are not limited to:  The California State Sheriffs’ Association, the California District Attorneys’ Association, the California Police Chief’s Association, the Chief Probation Officers of California, the California State Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the Association of California Cities Allied with Prisons, the Mental Health Directors’ Association, and community forums hosted by legislators and local elected officials. 

Staff from CDCR have also attended Community Correctional Partnership (CCP) meetings statewide as requested.  We remain committed to assisting in any forum that would benefit local organizations.

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Information and Resources Provided by CDCR

PowerPoint Presentations, Webinars, and Videos

CDCR has developed a variety of training courses, PowerPoint presentations, and webinars outlining realignment and agreed-upon collaborative processes between the State and county entities. CDCR remains available for future support as needed.

General Public Safety Realignment Overview PowerPoint:

PowerPoint presentations have been scheduled regularly with our external Stakeholders to provide an overview of how the realignment legislation works, how it will impact both the counties and the State, and to field any questions or concerns that the counties may have.

The PowerPoint presentation has been posted on CDCR’s website here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/realignment/docs/AB_109-PowerPoint-Overview.pdf.

County Monthly Projections PowerPoint:

PowerPoint presentations have also been provided to explain the projections and daily population numbers counties should expect to see upon implementation of realignment. Training on how to understand Average Daily Population or ADP was been included in this presentation as a resource for understanding the data.

Post-Release Community Supervision Process PowerPoint:

CDCR’s Division of Adult Institutions has presented PowerPoint trainings via a webinar and various meetings that explain how post-release community supervision offenders will be released to county supervision.  This presentation will be made available on our website in the coming weeks.  Upon completion, the link will be sent to county associations to share with the various county entities involved in Realignment.

Credit Calculation PowerPoint

CDCR is finalizing a training booklet and PowerPoint to provide training to any county requesting training assistance on calculation of earned credit for offenders sentenced locally. This training will also be available on line in the form of a webinar and video.

County Revocation Information PowerPoint

CDCR’s Board of Parole Hearings has provided a historical report on revocation hearings from 2010.  Those hearings were categorized according to offenders who would have been under PRCS supervision or parole supervision had the Public Safety Realignment Legislation been in effect in 2010.  This PowerPoint and the accompanying projections were provided to assist the counties in determining potential revocations.  However, these projections were based on State parole regulations and will not accurately demonstrate how county supervision will be addressed.

Other Videos and Webinars

In addition to PowerPoint presentations, CDCR has been conducting Webinars as requested by county associations.  CDCR is also recording videos that will be made available on the CDCR website in the coming weeks.   The topics of the videos will include a general overview of realignment, county projections, the PRCS process, release date calculations, etc. CDCR will send information on availability of the information and will host conference calls at the request of associations to answer questions generated by the videos.  

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Population Projections

CDCR Population Projections:

One type of information we knew early on may be helpful to the counties is our population projections. Over the past few months, CDCR has made available monthly and annual projection numbers based on historical data regarding county intake to state prison and release to parole supervision. Based on these historical trends, we were able to project the following:

  • An average number of jail beds or alternative custody solutions that a county may need to accommodate locally sentenced offenders per month for the next 24 months beginning October 2011.
  • An average number of offenders released to each county on post-release community supervision per month for the next 24 months beginning October 2011.
  • Revocation trends based on calendar year 2010 based on actual hearing information assuming sorting the population by those who would have been eligible for PRCS or parole if the offenses occurred after Realignment was in effect.  This was provided to help the counties and courts predict their caseloads. 
  • It is important to note that, while these projections are intended to give an indication of the potential workloads and needs, they are projections based on historical trends and cannot perfectly predict future sentencing, criminal behaviors, or community corrections policies.


Department of Finance Projections:

Projections from the Department of Finance (DOF) of Realignment at full implementation were made available to the counties. These projections anticipated the post-release community supervision population, the local-sentenced population, and parole/probation-revoked offender projections.

In addition, CDCR has made available to the counties and remain available:

  • A fact sheet on realignment;
  • The list of excluded crimes that are non-serious, non-violent, and non-sex crimes that will continue to be sentenced to prison rather than local custody;
  • Flow charts representing CDCR and county interfaces in regards to post-release community supervision, local custody, and the revocation process;
  • Pre-release and post-release documents CDCR will provide for each offender;
  • A list of all contract beds CDCR has been utilizing for additional capacity but will no longer be using.  These beds remain potential capacity for the counties;
  • Letters to Sheriffs notifying them about intake changes to State reception centers due to reception center conversions, most resulting in a closer delivery point for the counties;
  • Information on CDCR’s pilot flash incarceration project and the Hope Program in Hawaii, which established the first of such programs;
  • A list of notifications required by law;
  • A map of CDCR’s fire camp locations, flow chart on proposed county contracting process, and inmate eligibility  criteria; and
  • For Probation Departments:
    • The agreed upon Release Document – Form 611;
    • The agreed upon Conditions of Release;
    • A list of primary acronyms utilized by CDCR;
    • List of categories of the CDCR's Mental Health Services Delivery System;
    • CDCR's current list of county contacts for mental health/health care related issues;
    • CDCR's Victim Services process for handling restitution fines of parolees;
    • Proposed Special Conditions of Parole Fax for use by counties sending special conditions to CDCR for issuance to the inmate prior to release; and
    • Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) Form 1103, Summary of Revocation Hearing and Decision. This is BPH’s version of an Abstract of Judgment (AOJ) that is issued when we revoke a parolee.  This is what will be given to jail staff to indicate that a parolee has been revoked.  BPH’s projections for hearings that are projected to occur during Fiscal Year 2011-12 by quarter and by county.  Also, attached was a methodology/explanation page to help them understand how we made the projections and what the report contains. Revocation information including historical data, a sample revocation packet, question and answers, etc.

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Collaborative Work Groups to be Developed

Data-Sharing:

CDCR is exploring the possibility of developing an interface that would allow the counties to have access to a variety of CDCR databases.  One is sample is the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADs), which is a database currently available at no cost to law enforcement agencies that provides information on all active parolees.  The system will also identify offenders for a designated time who have been released to PRCS. 

This web-based program provides parolee information, including parolee names, aliases, mug shots, commitment offenses, and special conditions of state parole, among other types of vital information. CDCR has provided the counties with information about how to sign up for LEADS if they do not have access, and there will be a presentation about LEADS during the regional trainings the week of September 6, 2011.

To date, only CDCR staff has the capability of inputting informational updates into the system, but there is some interest in expanding the editing capabilities to county officials to ensure the accurate and continuous input of parolee updates to the database.  CDCR is currently developing reports and offender listings that the counties can download into their existing data systems.  An exploratory work group will be established to investigate this possibility.

Further requests have been made for accessing medical records for offenders.  There are discussions between the counties, the Receiver’s Office and CDCR about how best to share this data will protecting the inmates personal data.  CDCR remains committed to exploring data sharing capabilities with the counties.

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Other Projects in Development

County Collaboration Handbook:

CDCR is in the process of developing a handbook to help county employees to contact the right people at CDCR to address any problems that may be encountered.  The handbook will provide a listing of CDCR offices and contact people who have expertise in various correctional matters.  We anticipate releasing the County Collaboration Handbook in September 2011.

In addition, CDCR will be providing the following:

  • Community Notification of facility and yard conversions at CDCR institutions due to the changing inmate demographics;
  • Information on offenders criminogenic needs and what programs CDCR utilizes both in prisons and in the community;
  • Information on medical and mental health information sharing and which acutely ill PRCS offenders will be targeted for transitional support prior to release (i.e. processing for Social Security, Medicare, medical, hospitalization);
  • A centralized e-mail and phone number that you may contact for realignment implementation assistance during the early stages of realignment; and
  • Weekly implementation progress calls with Sheriffs and Probation.

The efforts described above could never truly capture how much work the counties have done nor how much support has been shared between our organizations.  On behalf of CDCR, thank you for your extreme cooperation and assistance in ensuring that the implementation of Public Safety Realignment is as seamless and successful as possible.  CDCR looks forward to a continuing relationship with each of you and to remaining available as a resource for you as realignment is deployed throughout the state. 

We know there will continue to be questions and concerns that arise during the early stages of implementation after October 1, 2011, and we are committed to resolve issues as they arise and to assist in every way possible.  If you require additional information regarding any of the resources listed above or would like to have other types of information and resources made available, please contact Erin Sasse, Chief, Office of External Affairs, by e-mail at erin.sasse@cdcr.ca.gov or by telephone at (916) 445-4950.

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