The SMART program addresses an ongoing challenge of the criminal justice system: low-level misdemeanor offenders who cycle through the system without access to services, coordination of care, or meaningful incentives to engage with social service providers. Many are arrested, taken into custody and released, only to be arrested again before the original charge comes to trial.
To stop this revolving door, the City Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, created the San Diego Misdemeanants At-Risk Track (SMART) program.
SMART prioritizes chronic offenders with acute drug addictions and complex social service needs. These offenders have one or more drug offenses since Proposition 47 took effect in 2014, and have been arrested at least twice in the past six months for a quality-of-life offense.
- SMART Q & A 2017
- SMART Fact Sheet 2017
- “New San Diego program targets chronic drug offenders” by David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec 5, 2016
- “New Initiative to House, Treat Low-Level Offenders” by Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, August 24, 2016
- The SMART House Myth vs. Fact ENGLISH SPANISH