Santa Cruz County
CA

Agenda Item
9553
Presentation
Oct 20, 2020 9:00 AM

Presentation on the Santa Cruz County Blueprint for Shared Safety: Survivors at the Center, as outlined in the memorandum of the Chief Probation Officer

Information

Department:Probation DepartmentSponsors:Chief Probation Officer Fernando Giraldo
Category:PROBATION - Board LetterFunctions:Public Safety & Justice

Board Letter

Recommended Action(s):

Consider presentation on the Santa Cruz County Blueprint for Shared Safety: Survivors at the Center.
 

Executive Summary

The Santa Cruz County Blueprint for Shared Safety: Survivors at the Center provides a survivor-centered framework for policymakers to understand, invest in, evaluate, and achieve community safety and well-being. The report is informed by over two years of convenings with over 175 community members, including survivors of crime, youth, and criminal justice system stakeholders.

 

Background

On May 28, 2020, the Santa Cruz County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) approved and adopted the Santa Cruz County Blueprint for Shared Safety Report Phase 1: Survivors at the Center. This report results from a broad-based local effort to adapt and implement the “Blueprint for Shared Safety” framework developed by Californians for Safety and Justice to provide a survivor-centered framework for local leaders to understand, invest in, evaluate, and achieve community safety and well-being. Shared Safety is centered around five core principles: Shifting to a Public Health Frame, Wellbeing is Safety, Crime Survivors at the Center, Breaking the Cycle of Harm, and Making the System Work. The model is well aligned with recent initiatives and best practices, and it provides a coherent framework to bring multiple sectors together towards meaningful public safety outcomes.

 

Analysis

 

Methodology: The CCP Executive Committee approved support for local community assessment and planning under the Shared Safety framework. The first phase has been an asset and gap analysis of the county’s alignment with the Shared Safety framework’s five principles, along with outreach efforts to engage crime survivors in this project (which is consistent with one of the Shared Safety principles). From January 2018 through October 2019, the CCP Community Education and Engagement Workgroup (CEEW) conducted strategic planning with leadership and support from the United Way of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz County Probation Department.

 

In order to engage and represent the diversity of survivor experiences, the CEEW conducted a series focus groups, interviews, and convenings with over 175 community members, including survivors of crime, youth, and system stakeholders. Input was gathered with support from Californians for Safety and Justice, the District Attorney’s Office, the Conflict Resolution Center, Community Action Board, Barrios Unidos, and Survivors Healing Center. All communications were translated into Spanish for monolingual speakers, and translation services were available for the focus groups.

 

Goals: Input from the community dialogue process was compiled and sorted into five broad goal areas:

1.              Prioritize healing and restoration for crime survivors

2.              Ensure access to trauma recovery services

3.              Engage crime survivors to prioritize and elevate their voices

4.              Strengthen community trust and confidence in the criminal justice system

5.              Recognize who is most vulnerable to crime in our community
 

Recommendations: From the gaps identified by the community input emerged 11 recommendations designed to address those needs.

 

A)              Create navigators for crime survivors to assist them in navigating multiple systems and accessing existing community resources and supports.

 

B)              Improve local data collection to better understand the characteristics and needs of crime survivors, including victimization incidence and prevalence data, as well as qualitative survey data from crime survivors themselves.

 

C)              Expand and improve law enforcement efforts to strengthen community trust and confidence in the criminal justice system to increase the percentage of crimes that are reported and ensure positive experiences of law enforcement contact among crime survivors.

 

D)              Establish a trauma recovery center with comprehensive services and supports for crime survivors, including those who may not typically access services due to individual, cultural or bureaucratic barriers.

 

E)              Increase crime survivor engagement and representation at the level of policy and program planning to inform safety priorities and improve outcomes.

 

F)              Support the establishment of a peer-led network of crime survivors to reduce isolation and provide a community voice for the needs and priorities of crime survivors.

 

G)              Establish restorative justice practices such as community courts, victim/offender dialogues and restorative circles at multiple points in the local criminal justice system to promote healing and accountability.

 

H)              Increase crime survivor services and wellness resources, including coordinated wrap-around support and case management.

 

I)              Provide a robust calendar of trainings to increase the community capacity for trauma-informed care, cultural responsivity, and whole-person support for crime survivors.

 

J)              Provide financial restoration for crime survivors through coordinated collection of court-ordered monetary restitution, as well as active outreach and survivor assistance to increase utilization of California Victim Compensation Board resources, particularly for underrepresented populations.

 

K)              Implement a community outreach campaign to shift the narrative to a public health framework that aligns multiple community sectors with evidence-based approaches to promoting shared safety for the entire community.
 

The CEEW has already started to prioritize these recommendations based on their potential impact, community readiness, and resource requirements. Some recommendations are already being implemented. For example, the CEEW worked with United Way of Santa Cruz County to create a special resource page on the 211 Database website. The group also collected local victims service utilization data to better understand who is and is not currently being served. Finally, on September 25th, the CEEW partnered with the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime to host a training on Trauma-Informed Leadership: Bettering Meeting the Needs of Victims of Crime. Over 60 community leaders attended, including representatives from every law enforcement jurisdiction in the County.

 

The CEEW is now working to recruit appropriate organizations and collaborative groups to adopt and operationalize other recommendations from this report. It is hoped that the plan will help to guide new initiatives and resources within a coordinated, evidence-based model for promoting public safety throughout the community. The CEEW will also continue to explore formal and informal survivor engagement models to provide space for survivor voices to be heard, create leadership opportunities for survivors, and promote a vision of deeper engagement by survivors of crime in leading the local conversation regarding crime and shared safety.

Body

Strategic Plan Element(s)

1.C (Comprehensive Health and Safety: Local Justice) - Promotes public safety through leveraging community partnerships to improve opportunities that respect victims.

Meeting History

Oct 20, 2020 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:PRESENTATION

Discussion

This valuable work completed by the CEEW is innovative and collaborative. It is a demonstration of what we can accomplish as a community when members of various sectors bring their passion and expertise together to accomplish a goal. Ultimately this work will lead to better, more effective and efficient services for survivors of crime, therefore reducing overall cost to the community, and increasing well-being and quality of life in the community. Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center, which has been serving crime survivors for decades in this county, is proud to have been a part of this work and encourages the Board to embrace and endorse this comprehensive strategy for trauma-informed care for crime survivors in Santa Cruz county as a direct path to greater safety for all.
Posted by Julie Macecevic on 10/19/2020 at 5:46 PM
Blueprint for Shared Safety: Survivors at the Center focuses on victims/survivors. Moving forward with community partners puts Santa Cruz County at the forefront of trauma informed care: to promote healing in our community
Posted by Jeanette Valencia on 10/19/2020 at 5:02 PM
I would like state my support for the Blueprint for Shared Safety: Survivors at the Center. I believe this outline continues expand the work of victim advocacy in the criminal justice field and emphasizes the victims needs and voice in outcomes in criminal cases. I support the efforts made by all the groups that have collaborated to make this examination and contribution possible. Best Regards, Kristal Salcido
Posted by Kristal Salcido on 10/19/2020 at 4:15 PM