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Issue: #98December 9, 2012
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Board Votes  for Re-Entry Services
CCP Board

On Friday the executive committee of the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) of Contra Costa County, meeting in Martinez, voted to:
  • fund the Community Advisory Board's  (CAB) proposals for comprehensive re-entry services for formerly incarcerated individuals in the AB109 prison realignment population  (6-1 vote)

  • remove funding for jail expansion out of the Sheriff's budget and put it into a general reserve fund (7-0 vote)
Thanks again to Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus for his strong support of the community's recommendations from the beginning, to Public Defender Robin Lipetzky [on right] for stepping forward and making the motion to support the CAB budget, and to Kiri Torre of the Court, Cynthia Belon of Health Services, Probation Chief Philip Kader and Sheriff David Livingston for adding their votes to support the CAB proposal.  The one dissenting vote was from District Attorney Mark Peterson [on left].

Bonus item:  Thanks also to Sheriff Livingston for dialoguing with community organizations and making plans to stop honoring ICE immigration holds for low level offenses.

Next steps:  RFP/RFQ process will be initiated, and the AB109 budget for 2012-13, as voted on by the CCP, will be submitted to the County's Board of Supervisors on January 15, 2013 for final approval.

This all happened because of the strong and unified community mobilization that started in Richmond and spread throughout the county, involving many grassroots organizations (including CCISCO, Safe Return Project and Richmond Progressive Alliance), non-profits, faith-based groups and concerned residents.  THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS to EVERYONE who was part of this effort!
--Marilyn Langlois

CCP Audience
Regular Community Testimony at CCP meetings was critical in shifting the funds
For more information see CCISCO Press Release

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