APRIL IS NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVER AWARENESS MONTH
Each April, the National Safety Council (NSC) observes Distracted Driving Awareness Month to help raise awareness of the dangers of cell phone use while driving and reduce the number of needless crashes. NSC estimates 1 in 4 car crashes involve drivers using cell phones. For more information visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety
APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Child abuse and neglect occur when a parent, caretaker, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher) acts, or fails to act, in a manner that results in the death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child (Office for Victims of Crime: Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse).
Each year, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for raising awareness about child abuse and neglect. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to raise awareness and promote strategies that address the risk factors surrounding child abuse. In recognition of the importance of ensuring child safety and welfare. For more information visit the link to the NCJRS website, Child Abuse Special Feature, an online compilation of topical publications and resources.
SPRING SAFETY TIPS
Spring is now upon us, but with the unpredictible weather patterns of Spring driving hazards can appear at any time. Here are some common-sense tips to keep in mind as you hit the highway during this sometimes slick and soggy time of year.
- When rain or mist begins, slow down.
- Turn on your fan and defroster to keep the inside of your windshield clear of moisture.
- Avoid driving through big puddles; splashing water could affect your brakes and impair the vision of other motorists.
- Be alert for icy conditions caused by thawing snow, spring rains or mist, especially in shaded areas, and on bridges and overpasses. These areas tend to freeze first.
- Look carefully for pedestrians; they can be difficult to see in rain and fog. (Don’t count on them looking out for you.)
LONG-TERM OFFENDERS IN COUNTY JAILS
CSSA SURVEY (as of 2/25/13)
AB 109 REALIGNMENT INFORMATION
AB 109 (Chapter 15, Statutes of 2011) became effective on October 1, 2011. Beginning on October 1 all qualifying low level offenders convicted of non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenses will begin serving their sentence at the local level rather than in state prison.
Below we have gathered information that has been distributed to our membership regarding realignment. Additionally, we have provided links to other helpful websites related to realignment.
Video - Criminal Justice Realignment - What Counties Need To Know To Implement
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Criminal Justice Realignment Implementing Legislation
- California Counties Practice Smart Justice by CSAC
- Voices from the Field: How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment by Joan Petersilia. Stanford Criminal Justice Center, November 2013. This report summarizes the results of interviews conducted with California stakeholders responsible for implementing AB 109.
- Follow the Money: How California Counties Are Spending Their Public Safety Realignment Funds by Jeffrey Lin and Joan Petersilia. Stanford Criminal Justice Center, November 2013. This report examines how counties are spending their money, and the relationship between their discretionary spending choices and county-level differences in crime, political context, community attitudes, economic vitality, and other important demographic and social factors.
- Napa County Jail to Provide Video Visitation for Inmates, Families
By mid-March, friends and family of inmates at the Napa County Jail will visit using video and the Internet, thanks to a video visitation system. Similar to popular Internet applications such as FaceTime and Skype, the video visitation program provides the opportunity for family and friends to connect with inmates regardless of distance and with more flexibility in scheduling.
- Joint Venture Program URL
- CALREALIGNMENT.ORG -The CALrealignment.org website was developed as part of a state-wide conference on criminal justice realignment that was held on September 21 in Sacramento. The website will continue to present information on best practices, assist counties to access technical assistance providers, and make available county realignment plans as they are approved.