Alternatives to Incarceration Project


The County of San Diego is working collaboratively with community stakeholders and health and justice partners to advance alternatives to incarceration and promote strategies and services that prevent people who do not pose a public safety threat from becoming incarcerated.

On May 23, 2023, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) presented its Final Report and Recommendations on Alternatives to Incarceration to the Board of Supervisors.  County staff on that date also presented related recommendations adopted unanimously by the Board of Supervisors for supportive services and County actions to prevent people from entering jail or re-entering jail.  You can read the full County Work Plan for Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) here.

ATI was initiated in October 2021, when the Board of Supervisors directed County staff to collaborate with justice and health partners, service providers, and community members, including people with lived experience in the justice system, to develop recommendations to safely reduce jail populations and promote alternatives to incarceration. 

The County of San Diego partnered with SANDAG to analyze incarceration trends; identify priority populations to focus on; analyze the needs, gaps, and barriers faced by justice-involved individuals when accessing needed services; outline best practices from other jurisdictions; solicit community input throughout the project; and develop a set of recommendations based on the data and feedback collected.  

Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Group

The Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Advisory Group is a collaborative body of County of San Diego (County) and public health, justice, and community partners that advises County leadership on programs implemented as part of the ATI initiative. The Advisory Group helps shape the County’s investment in justice system prevention, diversion, and re-entry programs and services.

Project Timeline

Community Listening Sessions