August 27, 2014
Bridges Program

Overview

Bridges is a day treatment program that provides intensive drug and alcohol treatment, educational/vocational training and cognitive learning.

This effort works toward ending the cycle of drug abuse and crime.

You can contact the Bridges staff at 650-599-7336.

Background

Spearheaded by Superior Court Judges George A. Miram, Marta S. Diaz, Mark R. Forcum, Carl W. Holm, and Margaret J. Kemp, Bridges represents a county-wide collaboration that works to slow the cycle of drug use and crime. A committee was formed to create a program that would make a difference in the lives of addicted offenders who had given up hope.

Bridges' Goals are to

  • Restore Lives: Provide treatment and training for eligible offenders with addiction-related criminal histories
  • Reduce Crime: Lower recidivism among target populations
  • Save Money and Resources: Reduce jail overcrowding

Participants in the Bridges Program are

  • Non-violent offenders with offenses that are directly or indirectly related to alcohol and drug dependency problems
  • Defendants are identified during special in-custody, pre-trial hearings and by the Probation Department
  • Defendants must fit criteria (below) for acceptance into Bridges

Participant Criteria

Eligible
  • Drug Possession
  • Petty theft with priors
  • Driving with suspended license
  • Probation violation
  • Other nonviolent, drug related offenses
  • Drunk driving cases
Ineligible
  • Second or third strike cases
  • Violent offenders
  • Possession for sale
  • Gang members
  • Psychiatric or psychological disorders
 
 

Terms and Conditions

  • Attend court sessions on a regular basis (regular appearances for status reports
  • Waive jail credit while in the program
  • Abide by rules of program, conditions of probation and all law
  • Comply with curfew
  • Abstain from drugs and alcohol
  • Submit to search and seizure without warrant or probable cause
 

Benefits of the Bridges Program

To the criminal justice system:

  • Jail overcrowding is eased
  • Decreased demands on law enforcement due to lower recidivism

To the community

  • Program participants become productive community members that contribute to society
  • Tax savings due to lowered rates of incarceration
  • Less risk of victimization

To the participants and their families

  • Substance treatment
  • Educational and/or vocation training
  • Participants receive the support necessary to turn their lives around
  • Family ties, once broken by the betrayal addiction, are reestablished
 

More information

More information about the Bridges Program can be found by clicking on the following links:
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