SANDAG conducts research to assist policymakers and criminal justice officials as they assess programs for the adult offender population.
Current Adult Projects
Proposition 47 County Program Evaluation
In February 2022, the County of San Diego received Proposition 47 funding from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to implement a program for low-level adult offenders with a history of housing instability. In September 2022, SANDAG was selected to conduct a process and impact evaluation of the program. The aim is to improve outcomes and reduce recidivism for persons with behavioral health diagnoses as they exit custody. This population tends to face significant barriers to accessing services and are at high risk of poor outcomes, including being homeless or lost to follow-up care upon release. SANDAG will document how the program is implemented, use multiple methods to measure outcomes related to success, and compile lessons learned for replication.
Project Safe Neighborhoods Research Partner
As the Research Partner for the Southern District of California, SANDAG will work with regional law enforcement agencies to compile timely statistics related to gun violence, including the use of a firearm in violent crimes, calls for service, and the use of ghost guns. SANDAG will also conduct interviews with arrestees about their use of firearms and ghost guns in crimes.
Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI)
In December 2021, SANDAG was selected by the County of San Diego to conduct a data-driven project to identify the primary policy drivers which led to reduced incarceration rates during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, we will identify available data, analyze jail population changes, conduct a gap analysis related to services and supports, review best evidence-based practices, make recommendations that incorporate feedback from diverse groups, prepare a comprehensive fiscal analysis, and publish a series of written reports and updates.
For questions regarding any of these projects, please contact Octavio Rodriguez Ferreira, SANDAG Principal Research Analyst, at 619.595.5342 or email@example.com.