Criminal Justice Services

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.

Data Dashboards: Trends in Felony Court Case Processing

Interactive dashboards display quarterly court data on felony sentencing, petitions for modification/revocation of supervision, and presentence warrants for failures to appear in felony cases. Use the dashboards to visualize trends over time and compare counties to the statewide average. For more information on the data and the collection process, please refer to our Criminal Justice Realignment Resource Center.

SB 10: Pretrial Release and Detention

Senate Bill 10 authorizes a change to California’s pretrial release system from a money-based system to a system based on risk to public safety and failure to return to court.  This page includes a description of the law, answers to frequently asked questions, and an overview of the new pretrial process.

Community Corrections Performance Incentives Act (SB 678)

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 Community Corrections Performance Incentives Act  (CCPIA) 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.

Behavioral Health Educational Series

The goal of the Behavioral Health Educational series is to increase the knowledge of courts and justice partners of the intersection between criminal justice and behavioral health (i.e. substance use and mental health disorders) in order to better address the needs of court users. The series is intended for California court judges, court employees, and justice partner agencies. Educational trainings are provided in the form of webinars, podcasts, and occasional in-person roundtables.

Firearm 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. Firearms Related Reporting Requirements List.

Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

Effective November 9, 2016 Proposition 57 changed the law governing parole and the granting of custody credits to persons in state prison, as well as the law governing determinations of whether juveniles may be tried as adults. This memorandum provides an explanation of the proposition.

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.

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.

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.

Recidivism Reduction Fund Court Grant Program

RRF 2016 Annual Report: The Judicial Council approved the 2016 Recidivism Reduction Fund Annual Report for submission to the legislature on October 26, 2016.


Bail Schedules

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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