Sept. 3, 2012
The California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has published a monograph on California Reentry Courts, “A Preliminary Look At California Parolee Reentry Courts” (click on image to the left for the document). The six county programs began in the fall of 2010 and will complete their evaluation period at the end of 2012. All six counties devised substantially different approaches to the high-risk drug and/or mentally ill offenders. who had violated their parole. The federally funded program is being co-administered by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the AOC). Though the programs have not completed their evaluation periods, the AOC sees the potential for substantial benefits coming out of this program.
With California in the midst of enormous sentencing and prison related reforms, Parole Reentry Courts have the potential to provide important information to other California counties struggling to deal with their own high-risk offenders returning from prison. We will be profiling all six of the programs in the coming weeks.