Racial Justice Task Force and Racial Justice Oversight Body
The creation of the 17-member Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors (BOS) on April 12, 2016. The mandate of the Task Force is as follows:
1. Research and identify consensus measures within the County to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system;
2. Plan and oversee implementation of the measures once identified; and
3. Report back to the Board of Supervisors on progress made toward reducing racial disparities within the criminal justice system.
On July 24, 2018, the Racial Justice Task Force presented its Final Report and Recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors. You can download what was presented to the Board:
Task Force Agendas
RJTF meeting agendas and minutes are available here.
July 24, 2018
The County Board of Supervisors considered the final recommendations from the Racial Justice Task Force and adopted all the recommendations except Recommendations #18 and #19.
September 18, 2018
Contra Costa County conducted a recruitment process for seven members from the community to serve a two-year term on the Racial Justice Oversight Body (RJOB). The RJOB will be tasked with the periodic review and reporting of racial and ethnic disparities in the local criminal and juvenile justice systems, as well as the ongoing support and monitoring of efforts to implement recommendations to reduce the disparities. The RJOB will meet on a quarterly basis.
February 6, 2020
The Racial Justice Oversight Body established the following three subcommittees which will meet on a monthly basis.
- Community Engagement & Funding Subcommittee
- Data Subcommittee
- Diversion Subcommittee
June 22, 2020
The Public Protection Committee (PPC) accepted a report from the W. Haywood Burns Institute detailing the progress made to date by the Racial Justice Oversight Body.
June 23, 2020
The County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who may be interested in serving on its 18-member Racial Justice Oversight Body (RJOB). The Racial Justice Oversight Body has a current vacancy for a Community Representative who has prior personal criminal or juvenile justice system involvement. Please click here to access the Press Release regarding the recruitment process. A flyer about the recruitment effort can be accessed here. For a Spanish version of the recruitment flyer, please click here.
July 1, 2020
The RJOB Community Engagement & Funding Subcommittee will host a Community Listening Session on July 9, 2020. Please click here to view the event flyer in English. A Spanish version of the event flyer can be found here.
July 9, 2020
Click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation made by the Probation Department regarding the relocation of the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Program (OAYRP) at the RJOB Community Engagement & Funding Subcommittee Meeting.
Oversight Body Agendas
RJOB meeting agendas and minutes can be accessed here.