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Alternatives to Incarceration

In December 2021, SANDAG responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) from the County of San Diego entitled “Data-Drive Approach to Protecting Public Safety, Improving and Expanding Rehabilitative Treatment and Services, and Advancing Equity Through Alternatives to Incarceration.” SANDAG was notified by the County that it was selected for this contract, pending successful negotiations.

The County of San Diego released this RFP with an interest of partnering with a research entity who would be able to compile data and work with stakeholders to conduct a data-driven approach to identifying the primary policy drivers of reduced incarceration rates during the period of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

As part of this effort, SANDAG 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.

Community Forums

Virtual community forums were held in June and July 2022 to share thoughts on the County’s justice system, public safety, and provision of behavioral health services. Please see these flyers in English or Spanish for the dates and Zoom links.

June 23, 2022 - English
June 29, 2022 - English | Spanish
July 5, 2022 - English | Spanish
July 7, 2022 - English | Spanish

Advisory Group

An important component of this project will be ongoing communication and collaboration with an advisory group formed in March 2022.

View the ATI Advisory Group's membership list and biographies.

The first meeting was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Public attendance is welcome.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
4-5:45 p.m. PST

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
4:30-6 p.m. PST
View meeting presentation
View meeting minutes
View meeting video

Thursday, May 26, 2022
4-5:30 p.m. PST
View meeting presentation
View meeting minutes
View meeting video

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
4-5:30 p.m. PST
View meeting presentation
View meeting minutes
View meeting video

Working Group

In addition to the ATI Advisory Group, a Working Group of representatives from public safety and health services organizations from the County and other local agencies was formed to provide advice and guidance throughout the project.

View the ATI Working Group's membership list.

Please note that representation is agency-based and that individual representatives may change over time or meeting to meeting.

Stakeholder Survey

SANDAG invited San Diego County residents to share their thoughts on the County's justice system and public safety. The anonymous survey included questions about being the victim of a crime, being incarcerated, and how public safety efforts can be improved. The survey was available May 6 - June 5, 2022.

Stay Informed

If you would like to be added to this project's email distribution list, or if you have questions, comments, or feedback regarding this study, contact or use our online comment form.

Media Inquiries

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

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Senior Director, Data Science
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email: