Criminal Justice Programs

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Criminal Justice Realignment

Criminal justice realignment, enacted via the Budget Act of 2011 and various budget trailer bills, realigns the responsibility for managing and supervising non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual felony offenders from the state to county governments. Under realignment trial courts are now responsible for conducting revocation hearings on cases where individuals released from prison violate their conditions of supervision.

Community Supervision

The Judicial Council is involved in the administration of two community supervision initiatives that promote the use of evidence-based practices in the sentencing and supervising of felony offenders: 

The California Risk Assessment Pilot Project (CalRAPP)
The final report for this State Justice Institute (SJI) and National Institute of Corrections (NIC) funded project is now complete.

The California Community Corrections Performance Incentives Act of 2009 (SB 678)

Collaborative Justice Courts (Adult Criminal)

Collaborative justice courts, also known as problem-solving courts, combine judicial supervision with rehabilitation services to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for offenders. Examples of criminal collaborative justice courts include community courts, drug courts, mental health courts, reentry courts, and veterans courts. Go to page

Recidivism Reduction Fund Court Grant Program

As part of the Budget Act of 2014, the Legislature allocated $15 million from the Recidivism Reduction Fund for a competitive grant program to be administered by the Judicial Council of California. The funds are designated for the courts to use in the administration and operation of programs and practices known to reduce offender recidivism and enhance public safety.

Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act

Effective November 5, 2014, Proposition 47 implemented three broad changes to felony sentencing laws.

Three Strikes Sentencing Law (Prop 36)

On November 6, 2012 the voters approved Proposition 36 which substantially amended California’s Three Strikes Law (originally enacted in 1994) with two primary provisions:

  1. The requirements for sentencing a defendant as a third strike offender were changed to 25 years to life by requiring the new felony to be a serious or violent felony with two or more prior strikes to qualify for the 25 year-to-life sentence as a third strike offender; and
  2. The addition of a means by which designated defendants currently serving a third strike sentence may petition the court for reduction of their term to a second strike sentence, if they would have been eligible for second strike sentencing under the new law.

Prop 47 Report

Early Impacts of Proposition 47 on the Courts
California superior courts received more than 200,000 petitions for resentencing or applications for reclassification during the first 13 months after voters approved Proposition 47.


Recidivism Reduction Fund Court Grant Program

This grant program funds programs known to reduce adult offender recidivism and enhance public safety.

On Feb 19, 2015, the Judicial Council accepted grant award recommendations


Resource for Judges

Firearms Related Reporting Requirements List
Created as a reference tool for judges, a comprehensive list of mental health and criminal court findings which trigger a requirement that superior courts report those findings to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) for inclusion on its list of persons prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. It includes a description of the prohibiting category, the statutory basis, the length of the prohibition and the methods by which courts are required to submit the information to the DOJ. 
Download the Firearms Related Reporting Requirements List 
(Updated November, 2015)

Contact Information

Criminal Justice Services
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415-865-8994
Fax: 415-865-8795
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