San Joaquin County Looks to Data Mining to Improve Realignment Results

A recently released state report shows that San Joaquin County is putting its focus on staffing as it works on handling the criminal justice system changes brought on by realignment. While lots of counties are looking to collect more data in order to better localize their efforts, San Joaquin County has put data mining as a higher priority than the state as a whole, according to the second annual progress report from the Board of State and Community Corrections.

The progress report showed that all counties are putting the highest priority on making sure they have adequate staff to handle realignment, but San Joaquin’s priorities in terms of data slightly differed. This is thought to reflect local efforts to measure the risk of criminal offenders entering the local justice system as well as rating how well current efforts will be at reducing recidivism in the system.

Stephanie James, San Joaquin County's chief probation officer and the chairwoman of the committee shaping those choices told reporters that data is critical in making sure the county’s limited funds are put into programs that will result in the desired outcomes for the county. 

San Joaquin puts data collection as its third top priority, while many other counties in the state put it, on average, at number four

Perhaps San Joaquin’s data-focused approach to realignment and recidivism will prove effective. If so, their different approach to allocating funds and prioritizing could set an effective precedent for other counties looking to handle the changes brought about by realignment. 

Read more about the county’s approach to realignment here.


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