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‘Positive Change’ centers key to realignment response

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Feb 24, 2013
‘Positive Change’ centers key to realignment response
http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/solanocount...

California’s big criminal justice realignment effort is here and Solano County is poised to roll out its response.

The county is already offering some services to help keep the realignment population from committing crimes again, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment. But local law enforcement and criminal justice officials say the county must do more to deal with what the state deems “low-level” felons who previously would have been in state prisons and under state parole.

“This has been thrust on us by the state,” Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet said.“Obviously, there’s going to be a gap between the release of the individuals and developing a system that will hopefully reduce recidivism.”

That could soon change, though Solano County’s proposed response has generated a degree of controversy. The county in coming weeks will consider creating what law enforcement and criminal justice officials have dubbed the “Solano County Centers for Positive Change” in Vallejo and Fairfield.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors will discuss realignment and could vote on establishing the centers when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the county Government Center, 678 Texas St.

Solano County plans to establish centers where former inmates will get cognitive behavior therapy, mental-health and substance-abuse prevention services, job skills help and other services. A Center for Positive Change is to be located at 355 Tuolumne St. in Vallejo.

Services are also to be provided in Fairfield, initially at both the downtown Probation Department at 475 Union Ave. and the county Health and Social Services complex in the Solano Business Park on Beck Avenue. The county at some point plans to consolidate all of the Fairfield services at a single Center for Positive Change, with the location yet to be announced.

A group of county law enforcement and criminal justice officials who meet as the Community Correctional Partnership are recommending the county take these steps by spending $2 million in realignment money from the state.

Of the 390 former “realignment” inmates under the supervision of the county Probation Department, 39 percent live in Vallejo and 31 percent in Fairfield. Of the remainder, 14 percent live in Vacaville, 9 percent in Suisun City, 6 percent in Dixon and 1 percent in Benicia.

The proposed Vallejo center ran into controversy. Some residents expressed concern that such a center would increase crime in the community and accused the county of using Vallejo as a guinea pig. Several Vallejo City Council members at their Dec. 18, 2012, meeting suggested the county establish a center in Fairfield first, or at least concurrent with a Vallejo center.
obamas son

Los Altos, CA

#2 Feb 24, 2013
why do blacks commit so many crimes ?
saul houver

Vallejo, CA

#3 Feb 24, 2013
it's coming to you as promised, vallejo. all your crying did not change a thing for you. you own most of the offenders anyway, so deal with it.
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#4 Feb 26, 2013
BREAKING NEWS
Solano County Board Of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve Day Reporting Center in Vallejo and Fairfield.
Im Talking Now

Vallejo, CA

#5 Feb 26, 2013
YES! Finally a giant step for Vallejo!
What a disgrace

Vallejo, CA

#6 Feb 26, 2013
Im Talking Now wrote:
YES! Finally a giant step for Vallejo!
A gaint step backward. Our two worthless Supervisors did nothing to make things better.In fact if you watch the video you will see Hannigan didnt even open her mouth. Great job Erin you may even be worse than Mayor Tony.
Im Talking Now

Vallejo, CA

#7 Feb 26, 2013
What a disgrace wrote:
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A gaint step backward. Our two worthless Supervisors did nothing to make things better.In fact if you watch the video you will see Hannigan didnt even open her mouth. Great job Erin you may even be worse than Mayor Tony.
What for? It's a great service to help the parolees here. Otherwise they have no supervision. They are opening one up in Fairfield at the same time and you people are still crying about nothing, nothing at all. All this "dumping parolees" talk was completely exaggerated. The state was ordered by the feds to relieve prison overcrowding and our criminals came back home, so what. Where did you think they would go, or should have been "dumped"? Crazy!!

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