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  • THE GREATER RESPONSE TO REENTRYAlameda County Reentry Network

  • Presentation OverviewReentry in Alameda County

    Responding to Reentry

    Role of the Reentry Network

    Outlook, Opportunities and Expectations



    Reentry in Alameda County

  • Reentry Continuum

    Incarceration period while incarcerated before pre-release planning has begunPre-Release planning phase leading up to releaseReentry establish long- term solutions for health, housing, employment etc. Release - Released from institution and transition to community, ideally in accordance with pre-release planOUTSIDE INSIDE

  • Understanding ReentryThe reality of mass incarceration translates into the reality of reentry - Jeremy Travis, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Over 90% of people who are incarcerated are released

    There are now 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails, a fourfold increase in the incarceration rate since 1980.

    An estimated 700,000 people in the US are released from incarceration each year

  • Impact of Reentry on CommunitiesA University of California, Berkeley study attributes most of the black-white difference in AIDS infection to racial disparities in incarceration.

    Among children born since 1990, 4 percent of whites and 25 percent of blacks will witness their father being sent to prison by their fourteenth birthday.

  • Reentry in Alameda CountyIn 2007 Alameda County had ___ people return from State prisons_____ people return from County Jail

    As of June 2007 Alameda County had 20,092 adults under criminal justice supervision

    1 in 100 persons in Alameda County are currently under criminal justice supervision

  • Reentry Population DemographicsAlameda County parolee population is:Overwhelmingly male (91%)

    Under 50 years old (97%) with the largest proportion in the 30-40 age range

    People of color (84%) with African Americans comprising the largest ethnic group constituting 67% of the parolee population

  • Reentry Population Service NeedsIncome & Employment: sufficient income to handle the transitional period between release and a first pay check.Education: access to education including GED, basic literacy skills and other needed education.Health Care: continuity of care from incarceration to community especially for persons with chronic conditions.Substance Abuse: treatment, support groups and other substance abuse services

  • Reentry Population Service NeedsHousing: a safe and sober place to live that adheres to the terms of release.Social Services: access to and information concerning available public benefits for which a person may qualify.Family Services: access to services to help with family reunification, parenting, spousal relationships, etc.Case Management: case manager to identify potential services and to facilitate service delivery.Legal services: information and services concerning rights, record cleaning/expungement, restitution and child support payments, etc.

  • ReentryThe need to address reentry has been widely recognized and funding for programming and improved community corrections collaboration has been increasing (e.g. 2nd Chance Act)

    Reentry programs make our streets safer, our communities more vibrant and our cities more livable and appealing to economic development

    Successful models of county wide systems for addressing reentry are scarce



    Responding to Reentry

  • How are we responding to Reentry?Alameda County and its cities have recognized the need to address reentry and are currently:Increasing police presenceFunding services and programsAddressing policy barriers

    Planning, cooperation and coordination has been noticeably absent from our response to reentry

    We arent out numbered, we are out organized Arnold Perkins, former Alameda County Public Health Director

  • A County Wide Response

    The Alameda County Reentry Network brings Reentry stakeholders from across the county together to address Reentry as the county wide problem that it is

    Enables county wide planning, data collection, resource development and collaboration

  • Theoretical Foundation of Reentry Network

    Desired OutcomeRecidivism is the result ofMethod to address recidivismReduce recidivism in order to increase public safetyIneffective service and support systems to manage pre-release planning and reentryDevelop a manage a system to ensure/track supply services and to evaluate outcomes of servicesLack of connection to social networks capable of providing supportEstablish connections to community social networks prior to releaseLack of a healthy values system prior to, during and after incarcerationProgramming during incarceration that promotes healthy values Inadequate human capitalIncrease education and job training during incarceration including a plan for employment and training after release

  • What is the Reentry Network?A network of committees, task forces and forums that address the full spectrum of reentry Stakeholders

    Reentry Network only created 2 new committees the others were built from the meetings and groups that were already meeting around these issues


  • Decision Makers CommitteeComposed of elected officials, city/county agency heads, correctional administrators and foundation leadership

    Approves the Annual Plan for the upcoming year and then six months later to receives a Mid-Year Review from Coordinating Council

    Works with Coordinating Council to take policy action and allocate resources based on Annual Plan

  • Coordinating CouncilRepresentative of Reentry Network and Reentry stakeholders

    Hub of the Reentry Network through which new information is disseminated

    Coordinates various components of the Reentry Network to ensure a cohesive vision

  • Implementation Committee

    Brings together staff from current reentry initiatives

    Works to expand effective initiative-level reentry efforts

    Composed of service providers and city/county agency staff working on initiatives (e.g. Measure Y)

  • Networking and Professional Development

    Composed of servicer providers and community organizations

    Provides regular professional development activities to meeting the needs of reentry service providers

    Offers opportunities for networking and sharing of best practices between reentry service providers


  • The Reentry Network Provides S.A.F.E.T.Y.StrategyAdvocacyFactsEfficiencyTeamworkYardstick

  • StrategyA comprehensive county wide plan for providing effective services to the formerly incarcerated

    Forum for new programs to learn about current work in Alameda County and identify where they would best support the work already happening

    Coordinating Council provides birds eye view to ensure ongoing planning across Reentry Network

  • AdvocacyDevelop policy, services and funding recommendations that will benefit Alameda Countys reentry population and their families

    Include recommendations in Annual Plan and Mid-Year Report

    Reentry Network works with members and county/city leadership to be efficient in advocacy activities

  • FactsCurrent data and information on best practices and tools that inform policy makers, providers, the police and the general public

    Data is posted on website and sent out throughout the Network to ensure accessibility

    Collaborative works as a whole to obtain data reducing the burden on city, county and state agencies to fulfill multiple data requests

  • EfficiencyA county wide collaborative in place and prepared to address reentry related issues as they arise

    A county wide collaborative capable of responding to potential funding opportunities that require a quick turnaround

    Establishes a clear system for communication among reentry stakeholders to keep one another informed of important events, opportunities and issues

  • TeamworkCollaboration, cooperation and coordination between reentry programs, initiatives and providers

    Creates networking opportunities for identifying new partnerships and generating new ideas

    Mechanism for connects wide range of stakeholders with one another to develop new partnerships and opportunities

  • YardstickA county wide set of measures to evaluate outcomes

    Regularly updates progress in Annual Plan and Mid-Year Report

    Provides new programs, funders, policy makers and others with an understanding of the various measures that impact Reentry

  • Reentry Network is a Promoter Vehicle for promoting what works

    Gives Alameda County a more cohesive voice to ensure that the needs of the formerly incarcerated are prioritized

  • THE FUTURE OF THE ALAMEDA COUNTY REENTRY NETWORK Outlook, Opportunities and Expectations

  • *Successful Reentry begins with incarceration*

    Stats are from: Western, Bruce. Reentry, Boston Review July/August 2008.

    *Taken from: Western, Bruce. Reentry, Boston Review July/August 2008.

    *Demographic data was not available for the probation population*Initiatives and programs: Stand-Up San Quentin, Measure Y, SB 81, AB 1998, Reentry Employment One-Stops, PRI grants*Initiatives and programs: Measure Y, SB 81, AB 1998, Reentry Employment One-Stops, PRI grants*An attempt was made to have a single


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