Sonoma County, CA

Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOYouth) works with state and local jurisdictions to align their policies, practices, and resource allocation with what research shows works to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth while enhancing public safety.

In June 2019, Sonoma County, CA became the first county to join the Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOYouth) Initiative. Sonoma County has already witnessed notable declines in the number of young people on supervision—a 40-percent decrease from 2014 to 2018. Yet, some youth who don’t pose a risk to public safety and would be better served in the community are detained because of a lack of alternatives. The Sonoma County IOYouth effort, which launched in May, is focusing on the county’s probation department and its partners to gain insight into how it can address this.

This review will help us identify ways to better use taxpayer dollars to set kids up to succeed.
David Rabbitt
Chair, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors