Practitioner Resources

The following are select resources that can help county and justice system officials implement effective new approaches and programs – or refine existing ones. If you have others for us to share, please email

 Similar resources and guidance can be found in the About Realignment section and through Californians for Safety and Justice’s Local Safety Solutions Project, which supports counties via toolkits, trainings and guidance on enhancing justice system effectiveness.

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Realignment Research Inventory

CA:Fwd has created an extensive compilation of research that has been developed and conducted to capture the impact of Realignment in California. 

California Public Safety Realignment Dashboard

This interactive tool, maintained by the Chief Probation Officers of California, provides the ability to track Public Safety Realignment’s impact on a variety of local and statewide trends. 

Community Corrections Partnership Plans

The Board of State and Community Corrections maintains a list of Community Corrections Partnership plans created by each county to outline their Public Safety Realignment implementation strategy. The link above provides all county plans for 2011-2012, and for those counties who submitted a plan for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. 

Criminal Justice Realignment Resource Center

Maintained by the Judicial Council of California, this online resource center provides a wealth of information on Public Safety Realignment, with an emphasis on its impact on the courts and other justice partners. The center also provides a listerv for practitioners to exchange ideas, knowledge, and best practices specific to Realignment. To join the listserve, click here

New Parole Revocation Facts and Recommendations

This factsheet, produced by California Forward’s Partnership for Community Excellence, provides an overview of the new parole revocation process, which as the final component of Public Safety Realignment legislation, became effective July 1, 2013.

County by County Realignment Data (2011-2012)

This document provides funding allocation and projected daily populations for the initial year of Public Safety Realignment (2011-2012) for all California counties. 

Public Safety Realignment Handbook

Published by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, this handbook contains resources to assist counties in navigating Public Safety Realignment. 



Breaking the Cycle of Low-Level Crime

In an era of change, this guide by Californians for Safety and Justice showcases innovative models for reducing low-level crime and costs, including community partnerships that replace traditional arrest-and-detain practices with new program that better break the cycle of crime.

Meeting the Needs of Women in California's County Justice Systems

This toolkit from Californians for Safety and Justice describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women. It is designed to provide sheriff’s departments, probation departments, practitioners and other leaders with a blueprint for addressing women under local supervision. 

Pretrial Solutions 

Pretrial Solutions is a joint partnership between Californians for Safety and Justice’s Local Safety Solutions Project and the Crime and Justice Institute, offering a variety of resources for pretrial and criminal justice practitioners.

Report Infographic: How to Reduce Jail Pressures and Costs

"Reading Between the Bars," a report on our jails in infographic form produced by Californians for Safety and Justice, explores how California counties can reduce jail pressures and costs via smart justice practices focused on pretrial alternatives, community corrections, and investments in health and training. 

Contra Costa County: A Model for Managing Local Corrections 

This report by the JFA Institute finds that coordination among agencies, frequent use of split sentencing and probation, and shorter probation terms have mitigated the impact of Realignment in Contra Costa County.   

Developing a National Model for Pretrial Risk Assessment

The Arnold Foundation has released a report on their new risk assessment tool, which utilizes data that public safety agencies have readily available to gauge risk.  

A Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery for Adults with Behavioral Health Needs

This presentation by Fred Osher, Director of Health Systems and Services Policy at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, provides a framework for how to address people in the criminal justice system with mental health needs.

Creating an Effective Pretrial Program – A Toolkit for Practitioners 

Working with experts at the Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ, this toolkit created by Californians for Safety and Justice is for county officials interested in creating or expanding pretrial programs that can reduce jail pressures and costs. 

How to Assess Your Jail Population Toolkit 

This Californians for Safety and Justice toolkit helps county officials determine how to assess important aspects of their jail population to enhance risk management and expand effective community supervision programs.

Pretrial Detention and Community Supervision

A comprehensive guide on pretrial program examples and best practices for California counties by California Forward's Partnership for Community Excellence.

Creation and Validation of the Ohio Risk Assessment System 

The Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) is a nationally used tool developed by the University of Cincinnati, Center for Criminal Justice Research and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.  This report outlines the initial creation of this tool to assess recidivism risk for people throughout various stages of involvement with the criminal justice system. 



Health Coverage Enrollment of California's Criminal Justice Populations

 In June and July 2014, Californians for Safety and Justice,with assistance from the California State Association of Counties, surveyed counties about efforts to enroll local criminal justice populations into health coverage, including Medi-Cal. Initial survey results included responses from 44 counties, comprising more than 96% of California’s population.

Increasing Safety and Reducing Justice System Costs Through Health Coverage Enrollment: Regional Convenings and Trainings

Californians for Safety and Justice (Safe and Just) provides training and support to counties and community stakeholders on extending health coverage and access to care (including mental health and substance abuse treatment) to people in the justice system in order to reduce recidivism and costs. Safe and Just can provide key information about how counties and justice system officials can leverage opportunities within the Affordable Care Act, including the design of enrollment programs that target jail and probation populations. Safe and Just has partnered with other experts, including Community Oriented Correctional Health Services and California Forward's Partnership for Community Excellence, on our health access work to provide in-depth knowledge and expertise in a range of health and public safety issues. For more information on this previous work or additional support going forward, please contact the Health Matters Help Desk. 

Health Coverage Enrollment Toolkit 

New health insurance and funding options can help counties provide treatment to people cycling in and out of their justice system with mental health and addiction problems. This Californians for Safety and Justice toolkit explains how counties can leverage these opportunities to reduce costs and crime.

PCE Webinar Series: Increasing Safety and Reducing Costs Under Realignment & the Affordable Care Act  

Part of an ongoing series produced by the Partnership for Community Excellence, this webinar focuses on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on justice-oriented populations. 

Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance Health and Public Safety 

This Criminal Justice and Health Collaboration Report explores 34 information exchange opportunities between community-based health entities and the criminal justice system, providing concrete guidance and recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.