AOJ News Briefs
Futures Commission to Hold Public Comment Session in LA
The Commission on the Future of California’s Court System has scheduled public comment sessions on fines and fees, reduction of certain misdemeanors to infractions, decriminalization of traffic infractions, reduction of continuances in criminal cases and improvements to trial court employment. The sessions, on August 29 in Los Angeles, will include brief presentations and an opportunity for comment related to the concepts under consideration. Please click here for the Agenda and Concept Details. Members of the public may submit comments in writing in advance or they may arrange to speak at the public comment session by email at FuturesCommission@jud.ca.gov. For more information, view the comment procedures.
Cal OES Victim Service & Public Safety Branch Announces Tribal Trauma-Informed Training Program Request for Proposal
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services released their Request for Proposals to provide funding to support training and technical assistance to enhance the knowledge and increase the skills of service providers to address the victim service needs of Native Americans. To receive funding through the TI Program, the application package must be received or postmarked by September 22, 2016.The RFP can be found on the Cal OES website. All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing to elizabeth .firstname.lastname@example.org .
NACo Hosts Webinar and Interactive Discussion on Reforming Criminal Justice Fines and Fees
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is hoping to help county officials understand their role in reforming criminal justice fines and fees. To reduce incarceration at the local level, many counties and courts have implemented a system of fines and fees that are imposed on individuals charged with misdemeanors, traffic, and other low-level infractions.
Many of the individuals required to pay these penalties are unable to pay even small amounts to the courts negatively impacting the use of fines and fees as a revenue source for counties. NACo is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 15 and an interactive discussion on Thursday, September 29 to address the issue. This series will take a look at strategies to eliminate or reduce fines and fees and implement new policies and practices aimed at reforming the current system. For additional information and to register for these events please click here.
The National Stepping Up Initiative Hosts California Summit - January 18-19, 2017
The National Stepping Up Initiative will hold its first California Summit to improve the way counties respond to people with mental illnesses who come in contact with the criminal justice system. The Summit, including national experts, peers from across the state, and people living with mental illnesses is scheduled for January 18–19, 2017, at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. The California Summit is open to all 58 counties and county teams are encouraged to include at least one appointed, elected, or other high-ranking officials representing the following departments: county supervisors, county administrative/executive officers, law enforcement agencies and behavioral health agencies. Additional information will be forthcoming.