This report is part of a collaborative effort between the ACLU of Southern California, Starting Over Inc., Straight Talk Inc., and Human Impact Partners to review the impacts of the local criminal justice system on community health in Riverside County.
Riverside, CA — In the face of federal-level rollbacks on civil rights and a call to “law and order,” criminal justice advocates and public health researchers are committed to showcasing that community safety and health are achievable goals with the right mix of programs to prioritize accessibility to housing, better health outcomes for all, reducing harm while offering treatment for behaviors that are typically criminalized, and holding people accountable to their actions without excessive punishment.
The new policy analysis report, Health and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works, tells the story of how investing in evidence-based interventions both inside and outside of the justice system can the improve health and well-being of Riverside County residents while protecting community safety and saving money.
1. Offer more programs for people at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system outside of the criminal justice system
2. Identify and publish savings and saving re-investments from Prop 47.
3. Increase the transparency of the county budget process.
4. Annually publish county funding of programs that prevent crime and create healthy communities.