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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




 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 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.)



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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

Note: Viewers may need to download an add-on to PowerPoint to view. Instructions are on the video page.

Criminal Justice Realignment Implementing Legislation 


 CDCR Documents


Other Resources:

  • CSAC 
  • CPOC
  • CPCA
  • Joint Venture Program URL
  • CALREALIGNMENT.ORG -The 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.


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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is committed to ensuring that crime victims and survivors are afforded the utmost respect in exercising their legal rights after the offender(s) responsible for the crime committed against them is sentenced to CDCR’s jurisdiction. The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) has a responsibility to support victims of all offenders under CDCR jurisdiction, whether juvenile or adult, incarcerated or on parole.

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We are pleased to inform you that $1.8 million has been included in the final 2012-13 budget package which was signed by Governor Brown. The goal is to have one single California VINE Statewide System that includes all 58 counties and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This is an ongoing process and should be completed in 2013.


VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone,email or TTY device when an offender's custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number. Click Here for More Information


For Counties: To view updates regarding California VINE; please link to:


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