Criminal Justice Resource Office
The Criminal Justice Resource Office (CJRO) opened in November 2015 as a division of the County Manager’s Office. The CJRO oversees and supports jail alternatives programming in Orange County.
The Criminal Justice Resource Manager supervises the Pretrial Release Case Manager, the Drug Treatment Coordinator and a Criminal Case Assessment Specialist. These positions assist court and criminal justice stakeholders by providing recommendations for pretrial release, diversion and treatment opportunities in the community for individuals facing pretrial detention.
The CJRO also provides support and case management services to individuals participating in the Pretrial Release and Drug Court programs. In addition, the Criminal Case Assessment Specialist works directly with individuals incarcerated in the Orange County Detention Center with mental health and substance abuse issues in order to address specific therapeutic needs and to link these individuals to appropriate services and resources in the community.The CJRO collects and provides data and information to the County Manager, justice stakeholders and the community in order to support, enhance and recommend changes to jail alternatives programming with the objective of safely and successfully reducing overall rates of pretrial detention, reducing the numbers of individuals with mental illness in custody, reducing recidivism and addressing racial and economic disparities in pretrial detention.
“Ending the overuse of jail will reduce economic and racial inequalities and is an essential part of advancing civil rights in the 21st century.” Nicholas Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice.
April 11, 2016
ORANGE COUNTY TO LAUNCH MISDEMEANOR DIVERSION PROGRAM
Criminal Justice Resource Manager
Karen L. Shaw
Drug Treatment Coordinator
Pretrial Release Case Manager
Allison Zirkel, LCSW, LCAS
Criminal Case Assessment Specialist