Oakland, CA (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)
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Name of Program: Operation E Pluribus Unum.
Detailed Program Information: Available here [PDF].
Type of Program: Deradicalization; Social Service; Intervention.
Type of Organization: Police Department.
Grant Amount: $499,125.
Targets: Individuals currently or recently incarcerated in Alameda County, primarily Muslims and “people interested in exploring Islam.” The grant proposal claims that it covers inmates identified as being “at-risk of radicalization by other ideologies,” but program activities are clearly targeted at Muslims.
Key Facts: Operation E Pluribus Unum was created to address the lack of culturally relevant reentry services for Muslim inmates in Alameda County jails, a group that, according to the sheriff’s office, is “susceptible to extremist ideology.” The office will support the reentry of 60 inmates and 60 post-release clients identified as “at-risk for extremist recruitment,” based on unspecified criteria, by a referral network that they will set up with the Ta’Leef Collective. Licensed clinicians from Ta’Leef will provide these individuals with trauma-informed one-on-one counseling and workshops on topics such as “transform[ing] violent mindsets and behaviors” and “radicalization within Islamic understanding.” Participants are eligible for paid transitional employment with primarily Muslim-owned businesses through the Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League. Ta’Leef also intends to provide workshops for law enforcement and reentry case managers to increase their understanding of “Muslim community issues,” as well as “factors potentially leading to radicalization and violent extremism.”
Despite the obvious risks, the grant proposal does not mention potential impacts to civil rights, civil liberties, or privacy.
Participants will complete pre- and post-evaluation surveys to assess program impacts, including “changes in compassion, empathy, and impulsivity.” Surveys for law enforcement and case managers will measure “understanding of key issues for Muslims both in the community and the corrections system” and “knowledge of resources to support Muslim clients.” An outside evaluator Action Research International will create an “innovative, cross-systems evaluation plan” to assess changes in relationships among case managers, clinicians, inmates and reentry clients, and corrections staff and whether that “correlates to reduced recidivism and changes in attitudes.”
Partners: Ta’leef Collective, Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League, Santa Rita Jail, Glenn Dyer Detention Facility, Criminal Justice Mental Health, Roots Community Health and Mirchi Café, and unidentified Muslim-owned businesses and Alameda County Agencies and Partners.
Pass-through Organizations: Action Research International, the organization evaluating the program ($73,750) and Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League ($110,000), comprising stipends for Muslim-owned businesses and other local enterprises, such as Dig Deep Farms ($500-$3000 per stipend).
Consultants: None identified.
Supporters: None identified.