Criminal Justice Resource Department
The Criminal Justice Resource Department (CJRD) opened in November 2015 as a division of the County Manager's Office. On July 1, 2017, it became a department in Orange County Government. The department oversees and supports jail alternatives programming in Orange County.
The Criminal Justice Resource Department administers the Pretrial Services program, two drug treatment courts, the Orange County Pre-Arrest Diversion program (OC-PAD), youth and adult mental health and substance use professionals that work directly with individuals in custody or at risk of incarceration, the Local Reentry Council and the Restoration Legal Counsel position.
Individuals under Pretrial supervision, people reentering the community from incarceration, and participants in OC-PAD and the two treatment courts are provided therapeutic interventions and case management. The Restoration Legal Counsel position provides pro bono legal assistance to individuals facing barriers due to a criminal record and/or diver's license suspension. In addition the Criminal Case Assessment Specialist and the Youth Mental Health Liaison work directly with adults and youth with behavioral health issues facing incarceration by assessing clinical needs and linking individuals to appropriate services and resources.
The department collects and provides data and information to the County Manager, justice stakeholders and the community in order to support, enhance and recommend changes to jail alternatives programming. The objective is to reduce overall rates of pretrial detention, reduce the number of individuals with mental illness in custody, reduce recidivism, reduce racial and economic disparities and increase public safety.
The CJRD is responsible for supporting and administering the Justice Advisory Council, a group of senior county stakeholders that convenes quarterly to address justice issues and priorities.
"Ending the overuse of jail will reduce economic and racial inequalities and is an essential part of advancing civil rights in the 21st century." Nicholas Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice.