THE PURPOSE

The California Black-Brown Summit on Reentry & Recidivism / San Diego will mark an historic event for the State of California.

According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, non-Hispanic Blacks accounted for 39.4% of the total prison and jail population in 2009. Moreover, Hispanics of all races were 20.6% of the total prison and jail population in 2009. Conversely, according to the 2010 census of the US Census Bureau, Blacks comprised 13.1% of the US population and Hispanics accounted for 16.3%. This disproportional statistic is the primary reason for the California BBS / San Diego.

In 2011, California legislators made historical changes to the state’s criminal justice system. Under Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109) known as Public Safety Realignment, thousands of felons now serve their sentences in Countys jail instead of state prisons. Many offenders released from prison after completing their sentences are now supervised by County Probation instead of State Parole. While realignment was the state’s solution to long-standing problems including overcrowded prisons, budget deficits and high rates of criminals committing new crimes and returning to prison, it created an unprecedented challenge for local governments and law enforcement agencies.

The Black-Brown Summit Committee is convening a cross section of local and state leaders to educate stakeholders regarding the impact of AB 109 and its challenges. The Summit will be an exciting opportunity to share empirical data, identify best practices and model programs that enhance public safety as it pertains to communities of color.

GOALS

To educate relevant stakeholders regarding AB 109 and the disproportionate impact of incarceration and recidivism on communities of color, and create an “action agenda” for collaborative partnerships that address the barriers faced by African American and Latino formerly incarcerated inmates who have a desire to successfully reintegrate into local communities. Our goal is to present evidenced-based research designed to assist communities with re-entry challenges and strategies aimed at reducing recidivism.

To present evidence-based research regarding reentry and recidivism.

OBJECTIVES

  • To establish community partners who will explore culturally relevant approaches and solutions.
  • To establish profiles and processes that give ex-felons the best chance of re-entering communities without returning to jail.
  • To develop positive working relationships between law enforcement and stakeholders as it relates to AB 109.

OUTCOMES

  • Participants will have a greater understanding of AB (109) and the potential impacts on it's community.
  • Stakeholders and community leaders will be educated on the importance of providing culturally relevant responses when serving communities of color.
  • Participants will receive valuable contact information with state and local organizations that will help them develop strategies and solutions to AB (109).
  • Dialogue and networking between community agencies will foster collaborative thinking, relationships and approaches toward problem solving.
  • Participants will hear directly from criminal justice experts which will increase their awareness of the internal and external issues, challenges and opportunities.
  • New relationships will be formed to further local and statewide discussions on reentry and recidivism.

Coordination and Planning
Partners/Advisory California
BBS/San Diego

  • USDOJ-OJP
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Law Enforcement
  • District Attorney
  • University
  • Business Representatives
  • Community Representatives
  • Congressional Representatives
  • State and Local Officials
  • Local Service Providers
  • Faith and Community-Based Organizations