DA Gascón Hosts Regional Realignment Summit

August 24, 2011

CONTACT: ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014

District Attorneys, Probation Officers and Sheriffs from Ten Bay Area Counties
Participate in Summit on Realignment Preparation and Cooperation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the successful completion of the Regional Realignment Summit where ten Bay Area counties joined together to discuss and prepare for Realignment.

Hosted by District Attorney Gascón at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, the Summit included representatives from the ten Bay Area counties, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco.

“We are joining together from across the Bay Area to discuss the impact of realignment, best practices in criminal justice, and opportunities for mutual support and collaboration,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “While realignment adds significant responsibilities to local jurisdictions, we also see it as an opportunity to strengthen innovation and best practices locally. There is a wealth of expertise across the Bay Area and we are well poised to respond to this major shift in the criminal justice system with new strategies and effective local practices. Our hope is to learn from each other and experts in the field so we can better equip Bay Area counties for this coming transition. I am thrilled to be here today with my fellow district attorneys and criminal justice partners to have a substantive conversation about how to best prepare for Realignment.”

Participants included public safety leaders from ten Bay Area counties, including: San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian, Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee, Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaff, San Francisco Chief Probation Officer Wendy Still, Napa County Chief Probation Officer Mary Butler, Marin County Chief Probation Officer Michael Daly, Contra Costa County Chief Probation Officer Philip Kadar, Sonoma County Chief Probation Officer Richard Ochs, Napa County Corrections Director Lenard Vare. Napa County Sheriff’s Department Captain Brian Banducci, Special Assistant Attorney General for Law Enforcement Suzy Loftus and numerous other agency leaders.

Realignment is a monumental shift in the California criminal justice system expected to generate additional responsibility at the local level. Non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders will be no longer be sent to state prison and counties will assume responsibility. Additionally, the majority of parolees will be supervised locally. These new duties call for conversations regarding best practices and cross-county collaborations. The Summit focused on three primary areas of concentration: pre-trial issues, sentencing, and revocations and reentry. Experts from the California Administrative Office of the Courts, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Stanford Criminal Justice Center presented information on each topic followed by a robust discussion between participants.