Contra Costa County earns U.S. Justice Department grants


Contra Costa County received separate grants from the U.S. Justice Department on Monday to focus on effective criminal defense and helping those released from prison reintegrate into society.

The county was given nearly $400,000 for a Smart Defense Initiative aimed at making sure criminal defendants have effective lawyers.

Contra Costa was also one of six counties nationwide to share in a $6 million Smart Reentry award to aid people released from prison in successfully reentering society.

The county's two awards were among $34.5 million in grants to more than 40 agencies and research institutions in a department initiative to reduce crime by providing a science-based approach to criminal justice operations.

In another set of Justice Department grants announced Monday, Alameda County won a $1 million grant to enhance the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced.

The county's award was one of 106 national, state and local grants, totaling more than $20 million, that were made by the department's Bureau of Justice Assistance to improve body-worn camera policy and use.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District was given a $27,194 award for its police force's use of the cameras.

"When backed by sound policies and procedures, body-worn camera use has the potential to heighten transparency, reduce complaints, and improve evidence collection, leading to safer neighborhoods and greater respect for the law," Lynch said in a statement.

-- Bay City News Service

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 4, 2016 at 6:41 am

I am so happy to hear we are helping people become functioning members of society again. When we are children we are corrected or sent on a time out to reflect on our actions to see why they were wrong. We do this as parents because we love them and want to see them thrive in life with minimal problems. Its not that we want them to suffer or label them as a bad person.
However, later on in life we do just that with our adults. Even though we call it a detention facility (a time out for adults to reflect) we tend to label them as bad and cast them aside. It's nice to see some humanity and empathy come back into our justice system. After all we are only trying to create a healthy world for are children and families. It all starts at home and many come from broken homes who need our help.

The term science based I find comical,
We are referring to people, in psychology there is no science.
You cannot do the same thing and expect the same result, its not repeatable.
There are percentages though, 96% or 80% of the time this will be the result, but there are no absolutes like in science.

The cameras are a great idea to hold everyone accountable.

At any rate, Its great to see some effort in making society whole and not leaving behind anyone for any reason. May grace find us all.

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