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Toolkit for Equitable Public Safety

July 3, 2020

Across the United States, community groups are working to improve public safety and promote greater equity, transparency, and accountability in their local law enforcement agencies. They prioritize different issues and use different strategic tactics, but they are united in their desire to build safer, more just communities through the slow, hard, but lifesaving work of law enforcement reform. If you are part of one of these community groups (or want to be), this Toolkit is for you.Law enforcement reform is challenging, uphill work. Inequities in law enforcement outcomes are often deep-rooted, complex, and perpetuated by multiple different factors. Institutional resistance to necessary change is frequently strong. Conversations about increasing law enforcement equity too often reach an impasse where advocates, and those they are negotiating with, simply do not agree about what the underlying facts are. Faced with complex problems and limited resources, it can be difficult for community advocates to determine where to focus their efforts.The ultimate goal of this document is to help you assess aspects of public safety in your community and create or refine a step-by-step plan for influencing relevant stakeholders and creating the change you want to see.

San Joaquin Valley Health Fund: 2018 Policy Platform

January 1, 2018

Over the last three years, a policy committee comprised of more than 50 San Joaquin Valley Health Fund (SJVHF) nonprofit leaders has met to accelerate policy and systems changes to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families and advance racial equity and social justice in the region.In order to accelerate momentum, residents and local elected officials need to work together. Recognizing that, Stockton Mayor Michael D. Tubbs and Chet P. Hewitt, President and CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, convened a Leadership Conference in October 2017 in Stockton to discuss policy priorities and to create a Leadership Executive Committee, comprised of local elected officials from the Valley advocating on a united platform of policy priorities.A joint meeting of the Leadership Executive Committee and the SJVHF Policy Committee was subsequently convened to discuss and identify a set of priorities that can advance policy change on a larger systems level.The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund believes advocating for a Golden State for All means that we do not leave anyone behind. Our fundamental rights derive, irrespective of legal status, from the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As such, we will provide the leadership that some elected officials at the national level have failed to provide. Together, we are committed to building a movement across issues, ethnicities and counties so that future generations have a healthier future. The Valley is rising!The following are policy priorities that build upon our 2017 Policy Platform.

Crime Survivors Speak: The First Ever National Survey of Victim's Views on Safety and Justice

August 3, 2016

To begin filling the gap in available and representative data on who crime victims are and their policy priorities, in April of 2016, Alliance for Safety and Justice commissioned the first-of-its-kind National Survey of Victims? Views. This report describes the findings from this survey and points to opportunities for further research and reform to advance polices that align with the needs and perspectives of victims.

Bolder Together 2: Building Grassroots Movements for Change

April 13, 2016

California's demographics are changing fast, but rates of voting and civic participation haven't kept up. In four rapidly growing counties across the state, a group of funders is working with local organizations to support diverse communities to lift up their voice and exercise their power on issues that affect their rights and their quality of life. The work of the funders and their local partners is yielding important lessons as states and communities across the country begin to experience the dramatic demographic shifts that are transforming California. This new report documents key lessons for philanthropy from this work so far. The report is a follow-up to a 2011 report that told the story of the funders' early efforts. Now, after five years of grantmaking and intensive work in the four counties, California Civic Participation Funders tells a fuller story about how local organizations are coming together and working across issues to mobilize diverse communities to flex their democratic rights. The funders also reflect further on how philanthropy can work with local communities to create a nation where government acts in the interests of all of the people.

Principles and Recommendations for Gender-Responsive Approaches for Criminal Justice Reform

October 1, 2013

This report documents the need for a new vision for the criminal justice system, one that recognizes the behavioral and social differences between female and male offenders that have specific implications for gender-responsive policy and practice.

The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in Four California Cities

January 22, 2013

On January 22, 2013 the Council of State Governments Justice Center released The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in Four California Cities. The unprecedented study answers one question that to date has been a matter of speculation among law enforcement and corrections officials everywhere: to what extent do people on parole and probation contribute to overall crime rates?The Chiefs of the Los Angeles, Redlands, Sacramento, and San Francisco Police Departments commissioned the analysis in 2010. Collecting and analyzing the data required an extraordinary effort spanning 11 independent agencies, including four local police jurisdictions, county law enforcement and probation agencies, two county sheriffs' departments and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Researchers at the CSG Justice Center collected and matched more than 2.5 million arrest, parole, and probation records generated between January 1, 2008 and June 11, 2011.Among the most notable findings in these four jurisdictions:The majority of all adult felony and misdemeanor arrests were of people who were not currently under supervision. People under supervision accounted for only 22 percent of total arrests.Whereas people under probation and parole supervision accounted for one out of every six arrests for violent crimes, they accounted for one out of every three drug arrests.During a 3.5 year period in which total arrests fell by 18 percent, the number of arrests involving individuals under parole supervision declined by 61 percent and by 26 percent for individuals under probation supervision.

Bolder Together

April 1, 2012

Shares lessons learned from a funder collaborative in support of efforts to boost voter participation and citizen engagement. Outlines benefits of collaboration and elements of success, including common strategies and goals and a focus on four counties.

A Guide to Implementing Paid Family Leave - Lessons From California

February 13, 2011

Describes California's Paid Family Leave program and outlines key lessons from the legislative process and implementation in five areas: outreach and education, administration, employer issues, policy issues, and research, evaluation, and data collection.

Reaching a Higher Ground: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People With Prior Convictions

November 18, 2010

Makes policy recommendations for improving the employment prospects for people with prior convictions by supporting skills development programs, job creation tailored to local needs, and fair and accurate background checks.

Integration Potential of California's Immigrants and Their Children: New Estimates of Potential New Voters at the State, County, and Legislative District Levels

April 30, 2008

Estimates the numbers of naturalized adult immigrants, those eligible for naturalization, and their U.S. citizen children in counties and state legislative districts; the immigrants' national origins; and their impact on the state's politics and economy.

Towards a Community Agenda: A Survey of Workers and Residents in Koreatown, Los Angeles

April 1, 2007

With this report, we wanted to take an in-depth look at Koreatown community conditions for residents and workers using new data from our community needs assessment survey, conducted from February to March 2007. We also wanted to get a sense from community members themselves of the issues and concerns that most affected them and that they most wanted tosee improved.Our findings are clear -- the priorities for the vast majority of the Koreatown community are good jobs, access to health care, and decent, affordable housing. Community members currently work long hours for extremely low wages, have little access to health care, and live in overcrowded,expensive apartments. Community members have voiced their unity around these three main issues. Hopefully, elected officials and business leaders can join together with workers and residents around a common agenda of prosperity for all for the benefit of Koreatown's future.

Investing in Change: A Funder’s Guide to Supporting Advocacy

December 31, 2004

Nonprofits, including all foundations and public charities, have championed many of the most important advances we enjoy in our society today. Without their leadership and advocacy efforts, we would not have achieved our vast environmental and consumer protections or won the civil rights and women's rights struggles of the last century.These organizations promote changes in government, industry, and other institutions in order to affect the lives of ordinary people in America and around the world. They provide a mechanism for people to confront important issues in their families and communities, and empower them to make needed changes. Nonprofits amplify the voices of underrepresented members of our society. They tackle the seemingly unsolvable problems that government and business avoid. They regularly immerse themselves in the public policy arena through tireless advocacy on behalf of the causes they champion.But they could not do all of this alone. None of this work would be possible without foundation support.Foundation resources—in the form of financial support,   formation, organizing, convening and more—enable nonprofit organizations to shape public policy and conduct powerful advocacy work. Investing in Change: A Funder's Guide to Supporting Advocacy provides an indepth discussion of the various roles foundations can play in the advocacy process.