San Francisco district attorney and former chief of police George Gascón was on KQED's Forum on Thursday discussing the impacts of California's Proposition 47 one year after implementation. The sentencing reform law passed in 2014 with 64% of voter support.
This article published in The Atlantic last month, "How Treatment Courts Can Reduce Crime," emphasizes the need for treatment courts to expand eligibility criteria do what they do best: "routing people away from prison as opposed to sending people whose criminality is treatable behind bars."
Last week, MSNBC reported on the growing bipartisan support for drug courts and other "problem-solving" criminal justice alternatives. "With criminal justice reform now an issue for both the Republican and
Democratic side of the 2016 presidential campaign, drug courts are
increasingly being viewed as a viable alternative to mandatory jail
Judge Jo Ann Ferdinand in her courtroom at the Brooklyn Treatment Court, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Photo by John Trotter for MSNBC
As reported, President Barack Obama has expressed his support for collaborative courts: "We should invest in alternatives to prison like drug courts and
treatment and probation programs which ultimately can save taxpayers
thousands of dollars each year.”
The article states that, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, "about 75% of those who complete drug court are not
rearrested while as many of 70% of people released from traditional
prison do reoffend. Over a million people have gone through drug court
since 1989 and an estimated 150,000 people are participating in drug
court at any given time. NADCP also estimates that for every dollar
invested in drug courts, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in additional
criminal justice costs."
The San Francisco Superior Court welcomes new Program & Policy Analyst Kristine King to the Collaborative Courts team!
has extensive experience in criminal justice, social services, data
management, and program evaluation. Before this position, Kristine
worked as a Data Analyst at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
in San Mateo. Previously, she was the Violence Against Women Crimes
Analyst in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Reno Police Department.
is proficient in collecting, compiling, and analyzing agency and client
data for agency evaluation and grant reporting. She has a Master's
degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal
Justice/Addiction Treatment from the University of Nevada.