Over the past several months, a number of organizations interested in criminal justice reform in the county and concerned about the progress in implementing AB109, decided to meet to discuss the status of i implementing the AB109 plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year (Criminal Justice Realignment Plan_11-2-11).
Based on concerns and ideas expressed at that meeting, we formed the Coalition in an effort to organize community input into the plan and monitor implementation. One of the first things the Coalition did was to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors raising concerns about several areas of implementation of the plan (ALACO Realignment Letter to BOS 8.6.12_final). After receiving no response from the Supervisors or the Executive Committee, the Coalition sent a second letter to the Board of Supervisors and Executive Committee on September 20, 2012 requesting a response to our letter of August 6, 2012 (See letter requesting a response here (9.20.12 BOS Ltr from Coalition). As of today, we have yet to receive a response although our letter was on the agenda for the Executive Committee’s meeting of October 1, 2012.
Currently the Coalition is reviewing the proposed second year implementation plan and developing strategies for widening the circle of Coalition members and advocating for policy and service reforms, especially regarding how AB109 funds are used. If you are interested in joining the Coalition, please contact me at juniousw at urbanstrategies.org.