What is the Care First, Jails Last Resolution?
We authored the Care First, Jails Last Resolution in 2021, and remain committed to implementing the policy in a robust, community-centered, and racially equitable way.
Care First, Jails Last is an Alameda County, CA policy resolution that 1) sets a policy goal to end the County’s reliance on incarcerating people with mental illness and substance use needs, and 2) creates a community-led process to build out community-based mental health care. It was passed on May 25, 2021 unanimously by the Board of Supervisors. However, we do not support the participation of law enforcement in the CFJL Taskforce, as added to the final resolution by the Alameda County BOS. The resolution was co-authored by American Friends Service Committee and Restore Oakland, and championed by Supervisor Wilma Chan.
What happens next?
After the CFJL resolution was passed, the County mandated the creation of a Care First Jails Last Taskforce, which tasked with implementing the vision of the CFJL resolution. The CFJL Taskforce begun meeting on a monthly basis in March 2022. The Taskforce will span from March 2022-March 2024. There will be a Taskforce update to the County Board of Supervisors in April 2023.
Monthly Care First Jails Last Taskforce meetings: https://bit.ly/CareFirstZoom
Care First Jails Last Taskforce Composition
25-member, Brown-acted committee
Board of Supervisors
D1 - Haubert - Peggy Rahman (NAMI)
D2 - Valle - Rachell Romero (community member)
D3 - Tam - Kimberly Graves (community member)
D4 - Miley - Kristina Bedrossian (Community Works West)
D5 - Carson - KD Dixon (All of Us Or None)
Community-Based Service Providers
Mental Health Advisory Board - Brian Bloom
East Bay Supportive Housing Collaborative - Margot Dashiell
City Law Enforcement (4 seats)
1. Oakland Police Dept. - Doria Neff
2. Union City Police Dept. - Travis Souza
*We do not support the participation of law enforcement in the CFJL Taskforce (as added to the final resolution by the Alameda County BOS).