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Senate Bill 618

In response to the high recidivism rate among parolees in California (particularly for technical parole violations, which has significantly contributed to prison overcrowding), Senate Bill (SB) 618 was spearheaded by State Senator Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) and passed into law on January 1, 2006.

SB 618 is based on the concept that providing tangible reentry support services will increase parolees’ success while out in the community. Under the bill, San Diego was the first and only county in California authorized to create a multi-agency plan to develop policies and programs that educate and rehabilitate non-violent felony offenders.

Partners in the multi-agency plan included:

  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Parole, R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility, and California Institution for Women);
  • San Diego County Probation Department;
  • Sheriff ’s Department;
  • District Attorney’s Office; and
  • Defense bar.

    Post-release case management services were provided by the University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training, and Application (UCSD CCARTA) through a subcontract with the County.

    Starting on March 1, 2007, an average of six inmates per week were screened for the program. Program elements were based on evidenced-based practices (i.e., strategies previously proven through rigorous evaluation). To monitor program implementation, service delivery, and outcomes, SANDAG conducted a process and outcome evaluation, the results of which were compiled and regularly reported to key stakeholders.

    Reports summarizing research findings, as well as the final report released in June 2012, can be accessed using the links below.

  • Project Manager

    Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
    Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

    For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or