Received report relating to implementation efforts on placement for high-needs women leaving County jail.
Department: Office of the County Executive Sponsors: Category: Report
At the December 17, 2019 Board of Supervisors meeting (Item No. 29), Supervisor Chavez requested that Administration report back with a final work plan and recommendations on implementation efforts for high-needs women leaving county jail. Following this meeting, there was a significant contextual change that affected, and continues to affect, the provision of services in custody and in the community. With all criminal justice partners engaged in the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis response, the health and safety of the custody population and staff have been of utmost priority. For example, programs were suspended at the beginning of the pandemic, such as the Jail Monitoring Program established by the Sheriff’s Office, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and the Office of Women's Policy (OWP) that maintains a consistent focus on the needs of female offenders. OWP remains, however, as part of a workgroup with Probation and Re-entry to provide ongoing support needed for recently released women from County facilities, continues to meet with the Lieutenant at the Women’s facility to assess needs, and continues to receive daily reports on the number of female inmates in County jails. Successful outcomes for all women transitioning from custody back into the community continues to be a priority for all criminal justice partners, recognizing that the needs of incarcerated women and their pathways to the criminal justice system are fundamentally different from those of their male counterparts.