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The Realignment Act in Alameda County

The Public Safety Realignment Act (Realignment or Act) took effect October 1, 2011 and mandated extensive changes to California’s criminal justice systems. Realignment shifted the responsibility for supervising specific low-level inmates and parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to each of the 58 counties.  This Act tasked local government at the county level with developing a new approach to reducing in the criminal justice system.

Each county was directed to create a Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) to develop and recommend to its county Board of Supervisors a county implementation plan for Public Safety Realignment. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has since adopted the initial Implementation Plan (2011), its Year Two Plan (2012), and the Year Three Public Safety Realignment Plan (2013).

The Act also established an Executive Committee of the CCP members. In March 2013, the Alameda County CCP Executive Committee (CCP-EC) expanded the definition of the realigned population to include all persons “charged with/convicted of low-level felony offenses, who were previously eligible to be supervised, incarcerated, or adjudicated by the state, who are now supervised, incarcerated or adjudicated by local authorities.”

Fast forward to Alameda County Pivotal Decisions!

On June 25, 2014, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the development of a Community Capacity Fund (CFF). The sprit and language authorizing the establishment of the CCF and designating that it:

  • Support the development of a capacity-building program based on evidence-based practices to serve the AB 109 population;
  • Utilize best practice models and data analysis to inform and evaluate community programs; and
  • Provide financial support to build strong community-based programs for realigned individuals.

On July 28, 2015, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved funding for Community based organizations to provide services under five service domains as follows:

Service Domain Funding Allocation
Education $1,000,000
Employment $3,000,000
Case Management $1,000,000
For Us By Us $1,000,000
Pretrial Services $1,700,000

Responsibility and oversight for the administration of these dollars for the purposes authorized by the Board of Supervisor was designated to the Alameda County Probation Department.

The Probation Department’s has established two grantmakeing programs for the administration of these dollars towards reducing recidivism and helping to improve life for Alameda County individuals, families and in our communities. Our two funding programs are — the Community Capacity Fund (CCF) and the Direct Service Grants Program.

Program Funding Areas

Capacity Building Fund

  • PHASE I: Planning Grants (3 mos.)
  • PHASE II: Implementation Grants (12-24 mos.)

Direct Service Grants  (24 mos.)

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Case Management
  • For Us By Us
  • Pretrial Services