In recent years, state policymakers and voters have approved a number of policy changes intended to reduce California’s reliance on incarceration as well as to provide community-based alternatives to imprisonment and invest in communities. But even with this progress, the number of incarcerated adults is still persistently high, and California remains under a court order (put in place back in 2009) to reduce overcrowding in state prisons.
How can state and local policies go further in reducing incarceration in California? Policy Insights 2017, the California Budget & Policy Center’s annual conference on March 2, will feature an expert workshop on this topic. Participants include:
- Scott Kernan, Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- Marisa Arrona, Local Safety Solutions Project Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
- Mark J. Bonini, Chief Probation Officer for Amador County, Immediate Past President, Chief Probation Officers of California
- Moderator: Scott Graves, Director of Research, California Budget & Policy Center
Panelists will discuss current practices and new approaches for reducing incarceration and promoting better outcomes for individuals involved with the criminal justice system.
Register now to claim your spot for Policy Insights 2017. The conference also will feature timely sessions on the federal and state budget outlook, senior poverty, climate change, education, child development, and other topics. Early-bird registration ends in less than one week, on February 13 — so don’t miss your chance to save over 15 percent.
If you have any questions or would like any additional information on Policy Insights 2017, contact the Budget Center at (916) 444-0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Hope to see you on March 2!
— Steven Bliss