Sonoma County, CA
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.