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March 7, 2018


CSSA Statement on U.S. Attorney General's Litigation Announcement


CSSA President Bill Brown issued the following statement:


"CSSA has been clear and consistent about its concerns with recycling criminals back into our communities and restricting law enforcement's ability to communicate with our justice partners to protect public safety. We are reviewing the litigation and will be watching it closely. Clarity in the law is vital, and we look forward to the resolution of potential conflicts between California and federal law. Sheriffs are caught in the middle of this challenging issue.


We understand and appreciate this is a volatile and divisive matter. Sheriffs do not wish to act as immigration police, nor are they, and we protect EVERYONE in our communities regardless of immigration status. That said, we need to continue to cooperate with our law enforcement partners – especially as it relates to the release of offenders from our jails – to ensure that those who victimize our communities are not given unnecessary opportunities to do more harm.


We opposed SB 54 and worked with stakeholders throughout the legislative process. While we appreciate the efforts Governor Brown took to address many of our concerns, the bill was enacted still containing significant liabilities, which include restricting our communications with federal law enforcement about the release of wanted, undocumented criminals from our jails, including known gang members, repeat drunk drivers, persons who assault peace officers, serial thieves, animal abusers, and other serious offenders.


As we move forward, we are steadfast in our commitment to collaboratively address these issues, and we are unwavering in our charge to protect all members of our communities.”



Just Released: Project Report from MHSOAC

 TOGETHER WE CAN: Reducing Criminal Justice Involvement for People with Mental Illness

California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) launched an eighteen month review of this issue and has just released the report, Together We Can: Reducing Criminal Justice Involvement for People with Mental Illness.


While not a comprehensive study of mental illness, it’s an actionable roadmap for change calling for California to make an immediate and strong commitment to address this complex issue. “One of the greatest policy failures of our time was dismantling our state mental health care institutions without having adequate community-based treatment in its place,” said MHSOAC Commissioner and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. “Our jails shouldn’t be used in place of treatment. We believe we should, and can, do better.”

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