(DISCUSSION/ACTION) Chief Probation Officer’s report:
Chief Siffermann announced that the Annie Casey will be continuing its support of the Dept’s JDAI initiative for another year. The Dept will be participating in a Youth Law Ctr training event, in San Jose on 3/28/06. this will teach them how to assess the operations of a detention ctr.
· JDAI update, with report on disproportionate minority confinement
G. Bieringer made various points:
· reducing DMC is a core value of the initiative. 2) partnerships between systems partners and community. 3) determined leadership of all partners. 4) intentioned actions. 5) define success.
SF accomplishments: DMC committee is the strongest of all working groups. Mapping and surveying of an area that contributes to the DMC problem done, resulting in recommendations to the exec. comm.
SF challenges: system partner representation poor. This is opposite of other areas of the country. Need to define what success is.
Comm Fetico commented that success could be the closure of juvenile hall. Comm Hale said that judges will not release youth that might endanger the community. Comm Stiglich said that both the DA and PD’s office needs to be at the table, and if the Commission needs to invite them, they can. The Chief said he will be pushing that point with both their offices. He felt that this topic should be a key part of the exec. comm. agenda. He said the Dept wants to have a larger presence in the communities, and would like to encourage recruitment of future staff from the communities. He repeated that he wanted to have youth (previously involved in the system) to give input to developing processes/policies.
Comm Ricci was concerned that youth have not been involved in the workgroups. G. Bieringer said that it was problematic due to meeting scheduling problems.
· Log Cabin Ranch update
The Chief reported the population is now 26. Two just graduated. He has met with the Ironworkers and Electricians Apprentice Training Coordinators and they are coming out to the ranch during spring break to speak with the students there.
He further reported a Feb 14 visit to the Ranch by the PIC, City Build, Goodwill, Young
Community Developers, MOCJ to explore possibilities for developing a pre employment
program pathway for after Ranch placements.
Francisco De Costa, spoke about the need to have empirical data about youth in all districts and not just about the Bayview. He said currently African Americans are only 7% of the city’s population.
He said that good policy planning depends on that.
Tracy Brown, Mission Neighborhood Ctrs, asked the Commission to support advocacy for having DCYF fund the safe haven projects, and write a letter to that effect.