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PACT Program Named in Honor of Former District Attorney Bob Lee
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The Bob Lee PACT
DAP Program Renamed in Honor of Former District Attorney Bob Lee
SANTA CRUZ (May 18, 2015) – Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell today announced the Downtown Accountability Program (DAP) will be renamed the Bob Lee Community Partnership for Accountability, Connection and Treatment (PACT).
“It’s only fitting that Bob’s vision and passion for this program are forever recognized,” said Rosell. “He believed the power of partnership could make a real difference in changing lives. We’re seeing the benefits of his hard work and commitment every day.”
Launched in the spring of 2014, PACT is a partnership of City, County and non-profits agencies that works to improve the quality of life for chronic offenders through court accountability and treatment.
“My husband was so very dedicated to his hometown that, even when he began suffering serious side effects from his illness, he remained intensely focused on improving the safety and quality of life in Santa Cruz County,” said Barbara Lee. “This project was extremely important to him and I know he is so proud of its success and those that carried on his vision.”
The program focused on 70 repeat offenders during its first year and results show a 70% decrease in arrests and citation recidivism rates. During that period, ambulance runs for those 70 DAP-focused offenders decreased 80%.
Santa Cruz County Third District Supervisor Ryan Coonerty has also announced the potential expansion of PACT to others areas impacted by nuisance crimes such as Beach Street, San Lorenzo Park, the Emeline neighborhood, Grant Street Park, and Harvey West in the City and areas in the unincorporated County enforced by the Sheriff’s Office. The Santa Cruz City Council and County Board of Supervisors will be considering the expansion of PACT in their upcoming budget hearings in May and June.