Criminal Justice Services

Pretrial Pilot Program

This year’s state budget earmarked $75 million to the Judicial Council to launch and evaluate two-year pretrial projects in local trial courts. As directed by the Legislature, the projects aim to increase the safe and efficient release of arrestees before trial; use the least restrictive monitoring practices possible while protecting public safety and ensuring court appearances; validate and expand the use of risk assessment tools; and assess any bias.

On August 9, 2019, the Judicial Council awarded funds to 16 pretrial projects in trial courts throughout the state. Each of the selected pretrial pilot projects will operate under existing law and incorporate judicial officer release decisions prior to arraignment (or at arraignment if a hearing is required) that are informed by a risk assessment conducted by county probation departments.

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.

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 Education and Resources

The focus of this page is to increase knowledge of the intersection between criminal justice and behavioral health, and to better address the needs of court users. It is intended for California court judges, court employees, and justice partner agencies.

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.


Red Light Camera

Pursuant to Vehicle Code 21455.5 (i), red light camera vendors must submit an annual report to the Judicial Council that includes, but is not limited to, information regarding alleged violations, citations, and traffic collisions. Please submit these reports by April 1st to the following email address:

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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