Research Report Evaluation of Orange County’s Proposition 47 Grant-Related Services
Libby Doyle, Leigh Courtney, Bryce Peterson
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In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which reduced some low-level felonies in the state to misdemeanors and required the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to use a portion of the annual savings realized through Proposition 47 to administer grant programs for diversion, mental health services, or substance abuse treatment. As a result of the grant, a Community Support and Recovery Center (CSRC) was established through Project Kinship, which provides the county with a hub for reentry resources and services. Drawing upon observations of activities and services, a review of program materials, interviews with program staff members and stakeholders, focus groups with program participants, and analyses of various program and criminal justice data, this final report assesses the implementation and impact of Cohort 1 of Orange County’s Proposition 47 grant-related services. Urban researchers found that Orange county made substantial progress toward their overall goal of reducing the number of people with mild-to-moderate mental health and/or substance use disorders incarcerated in the county jail by significantly reducing recidivism through intensive case management, linkages to treatment, and community supports upon release. Project Kinship has proven to be an innovative and effective model that places people with lived experience at the center of its reentry work.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
Tags Corrections Trauma-informed approaches Jails Mental health Reentry
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center