Alternatives to Incarceration

Comment Form

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On October 19, 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors directed County staff to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) entitled “A Data Driven Approach to Protecting Public Safety, Improving and Expanding Rehabilitative Treatment and Services, and Advancing Equity through Alternatives to Incarceration: Building on Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” As noted in this Board item, “mass incarceration disproportionately impacts the poor, homeless, mentally ill, and people of color and does not make us safer.”

The Criminal Justice Research Division of SANDAG responded to this RFP and signed a contract with the County of San Diego on January 21, 2022, to serve as the independent contractor on this effort. In this role, SANDAG will analyze data and seek community input to identify the primary drivers of reduced incarceration rates during COVID-19, disaggregate the population affected, analyze outcomes associated with these short-term changes in incarceration policy, and recommend policy changes to safely and permanently reduce jail populations and better protect public safety with alternatives to incarceration.

An important component of this project will be ongoing public input through Community forums starting in May 2022 and online comments.

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