Public safety is Supervisor Cox’s top priority. That’s why he strongly supported placement of more deputies on the streets and more Probation officers in the field, improvements to our emergency communications system and the purchase of additional Sheriff helicopters for law enforcement and firefighting.
But Supervisor Cox knows you don’t jail your way to safe communities. That’s why he led efforts to put Diego County ahead of the curve when it comes to planning for the reentry of non-violent offenders from detention into our communities.
The County has developed multiagency reentry programs so that prisoners and probationers returning to custody in San Diego can successfully rejoin society. He has worked with the community and our Probation Department, Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender and Presiding Judge of Superior Court to establish the most efficient implementation of realignment in the State, offering innovative programs and treatment alternatives. Supervisor Cox led efforts to find solutions like providing former offenders with a government photo ID card so they will have access to resources and stay out of jail.
On the juvenile side, the County enlisted the help of its community partners to build programs focused on prevention, intervention, treatment, supervision and custody. These programs have shown results, with fewer and fewer youth falling into in our juvenile justice system and instead getting reengaged in their schools, family and community. That has allowed the County to build on that success by strengthening the prevention services we provide to youth in our community.
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