Originally posted at CSAC.

In light of AB 109′s second birthday, CSAC is continuing with its series on how counties across California have implemented the hallmark legislation. Some have done so in entirely unique and innovative ways.

In San Mateo County, county staff uses the “warm handoff” approach. When an offender is released from jail, he or she is directed immediately to an office in the same building to get signed up for an initial assessment plus other help they need to get off to a fresh start. They’ve also found that sometimes a change of address gives offenders a better chance to succeed.