Elder abuse, also known as elder mistreatment, generally refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act that causes harm or creates a serious risk of harm to an older person by a family member, caregiver, or other person in a trust relationship (Elder Abuse/Mistreatment, Office for Victims of Crime, Retrieved April 8, 2013).
There is no single age used to define an older adult. The Older Americans Act uses the age of 60; some tribal communities use age 55. Some states, such as California, define an older adult as a person who is age 65 or older. Similarly, states apply different criteria to determine when an older victim is eligible for protective services or receives special protections under criminal statutes. However older adults may be defined, elder abuse generally consists of various forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Other forms, such as confinement, abandonment, and abduction, may be additional categories or may be included in a state’s definition of another form such as physical abuse, neglect, or emotional/psychological abuse (National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Elder Abuse, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, September 2012).
The Elder Justice Act of 2009, as part of the Affordable Care Act, established the Elder Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC) to coordinate activities related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation across the Federal government (Elder Justice Coordinating Council Web site, Retrieved June 6, 2013). The EJCC’s Elder Justice Interagency Working Group brings together Federal officials responsible for carrying out elder justice activities including elder abuse prevention, research, grant and program funding, and prosecution. This informal group has been meeting since its inception in 2001 to discuss emerging issues, promising practices, and mechanisms for coordinating efforts throughout the federal government (Elder Justice Interagency Working Group, Elder Justice Coordinating Council, October 2012).
LONG-TERM OFFENDERS IN COUNTY JAILS
CSSA SURVEY (as of 2/25/13)
CSSA LETTER AND STATEMENT ON FIREARMS
On February 7th, 2013, California State Sheriffs' Association issued the following:
CSSA Letter to Vice President Joe Biden
Statement on Firearms
AB 109 REALIGNMENT INFORMATION
AB 109 (Chapter 15, Statutes of 2011) becomes effective on October 1, 2011. Beginning on October 1 all qualifying low level offenders convicted of non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenses will begin serving their sentence at the local level rather than in state prison.
Below we have gathered information that has been distributed to our membership regarding realignment. Additionally, we have provided links to other helpful websites related to realignment.
Video - Criminal Justice Realignment - What Counties Need To Know To Implement
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Criminal Justice Realignment Implementing Legislation
- Joint Venture Program URL
- CALREALIGNMENT.ORG -The CALrealignment.org website was developed as part of a state-wide conference on criminal justice realignment that was held on September 21 in Sacramento. The website will continue to present information on best practices, assist counties to access technical assistance providers, and make available county realignment plans as they are approved.