Board Acts to Fund Several Local Public Safety Issues
POMONA, Sept. 11, 2014 -- The Board of State and Community Corrections approved several measures today designed to help communities fund efforts to combat organized gang crime and other new public safety priority areas under the Byrne JAG grant, to help mentally ill offenders receive appropriate treatment, and to ease the need for improved jail beds and program space.
- The Board took the first step toward making $500 million in lease revenue bonds available to the counties for jail and program space construction authorized in Senate Bill 863 by approving co-chairs for an Executive Steering Committee. The committee will develop the Request for Proposals that counties will use to design and submit projects that best fit the intent of the Legislation and develop a rank-ordered list. The $500 million was part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget and was designed to help fill the need for more modern local jail facilities – including space for treatment and for programs designed to ease recidivism, which is a goal of Realignment. Sheriff Ian Parkinson of San Luis Obispo County and Sheriff Dean Growdon of Lassen County will lead the effort as co-chairs. For more information contact: Bill Crout at 916.323.8859 or Bill.Crout@bscc.ca.gov
- The Board also approved the release, with slight modifications, of the Request for Proposals for Fiscal Year 2014 for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants. The Executive Steering Committee has surveyed stakeholders to determine California’s needs within the federal Bureau of Justice’s priority areas. The stakeholders rated crime prevention and education, law enforcement efforts to fight gangs and problem-solving courts as the top priorities. The ESC expanded the list to include drug abuse prevention, drug enforcement and gun violence reduction, among other categories. Previously the money had been used by law enforcement to fund narcotics task forces. “The complete RFP will be released and posted to the BSCC website on September 15, 2014.” For more information contact: Colleen Curtin at 916-445-8066 or Colleen.Curtin@bscc.ca.gov or Daryle McDaniel at 916.341.7392 or Daryle.McDaniel@bscc.ca.gov
- The Board approved Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and San Bernardino County Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray Brown to lead the work in setting up the $18 million Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant Program authorized by Assembly Bill 1468. Hutchens and Brown will co-chair the Executive Steering Committee to oversee development of a Request for Proposals for the competitive grants designed to reduce recidivism in the state’s mentally ill offender population through intervention, supervision and services. The BSCC will award grants consistent with the language in AB 1468, with half going to adult offenders and half targeting juvenile offenders with mental health issues. The BSCC plans to hold a bidders conference in February 2015 and have proposals due in April 2015. Contracts would begin July 1, 2015. For more information contact: Helene Zentner at 916.323.8631 or Helene.Zentner@bscc.ca.gov
No Surge in Early Releases
A recent story in the Los Angeles Times reported that early releases from jail since Realignment grew considerably in late 2013. Unfortunately, the data used from our website to make that assessment included an error that skewed the tally by 3,891 people. Therefore the article’s statement that early releases of offenders “surged to over 17,400” in October 2013 from an average 13,500 is not correct. October releases were 13,509.
Realignment never was intended to be a means for incarcerating everyone. Counties across California are being prompted by Realignment to decide who belongs in jail and who does not, including those whose risk assessment makes them candidates for electronic monitoring. Counties are creating meaningful programs to reduce recidivism, such as the drug- and alcohol-treatment programs into which numerous offenders are released early from jail. The story made no mention that many of the early releases are these kinds of appropriate, supervised releases.
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