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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. — With generous support from the Public Welfare Foundation, the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice established the Pretrial Assistance to California Counties (PACC) initiative to provide comprehensive technical assistance to implement or improve pretrial justice systems.

Humboldt County and Riverside County were selected in a competitive process and partnered with CJI for approximately two years in an initiative that involved a range of activities including system assessment, planning, development of policies and procedures, selection and implementation of risk assessment instruments, performance measurement, training and stakeholder engagement.

This report provides an overview of technical assistance process and results in Humboldt County. It describes CJI work with Humboldt County officials to identify goals, make process improvements, and measure outcomes. It also describes challenges for Humboldt County—and potentially for other California jurisdictions—as they work to improve the pretrial justice system going forward.