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Inside/Out Students Study Together at Imperial Jail

  When he dropped out of high school, Pedro thought academics weren’t for him. But in the Imperial County Jail his mind was freed.


Wild Horse Redemption in Sacramento County

  At a rustic ranch in rural Sacramento County patient wranglers learn to coax the wildness out of mustangs, while hoping the animals will one day flourish outside of the corrals that have held them since capture.


In LA, New Section 8 Rules Mean Some Felons Can Go Home

  Damae Miller’s mother went to prison when the young woman was just 15. Now 25, she is looking forward to helping her mother transition to freedom after a decade in the Central California Women’s Facility at Chowchilla.


Erasing The Past, One Tattoo At A Time

  STOCKTON -- Juan Nila has made a lot of decisions he regrets, but at least one can be erased: the prominent Aztec tattoo across the front of his neck that signaled his membership in a street gang.


Dogs, Humans Strive For Second Chance

  Shannon Plummer is a 53-year-old heroin addict serving time at the James A. Musick Jail in Orange County for felony drug possession. Frosty is her year-old roommate, a lanky white Labradoodle mix whose time was up at the county animal shelter....


Can Horses Help Offenders Process Destructive Emotions? Success In Siskiyou County Is Riding On It.

  James Lineberger drank too much for too long trying to quell his lifelong feelings of deep anxiety, and eventually landed in jail for domestic violence. Then into his life at the Siskiyou County Probation Department’s Day Reporting Center came Big Dar, a massive paint-colored draft horse. At first Big Dar was skittish and standoffish with Lineberger and wouldn’t come close, mirroring back the feelings Lineberger emitted...


Military Vets Find Support in Jail

  In a calm and orderly pod of San Diego County’s Vista Detention Facility the quiet that is a rarity in county jails is interrupted by an occasional “Ooh-rah,” the solidarity cry of the U.S. Marine Corps. The 32 men incarcerated here, from all branches of service, are part of an experiment in which the special needs of military veterans are addressed to improve their odds of success upon release...


San Diego County Agencies Collaborate on Realignment Goals

  In San Diego County an ambitious collaboration to help Realigned offenders escape from cycles of crime is underway between public safety officials, the courts, probation, the District Attorney, Public Defender and community-based organizations.


San Diego Invests in Collaborative Courts to Reduce Recidivism

  SAN DIEGO – The man with the offensive tattoos on his hands was nicknamed Angry Bird when public safety officials here diverted him into a special Reentry Court to deal with issues surrounding his addictions, anger and impulse control.


Sacramento County’s Adult Day Reporting Center Offers Hope for Change

  Robert grew to adulthood lacking the mental acumen to see how a sketchy situation might deteriorate into something he would regret being a part.

“Now before things arise, I stop and say to myself, ‘How is this going to move my life forward?’ I use these skills every day.”


In Fresno, Inmates Learn to Handle Life’s Challenges

  On the fifth floor of the Fresno County Jail 32 men have put aside their gang affiliations and racial and social prejudices for the chance to turn their lives around.

These are AB 109 inmates whose risk score was medium to high for recidivism – mostly substance abusers with addictions that propelled their revolving door existence in this Central California lockup.


LA County Jail Education Programs Transform Lives

  “It’s so remarkable to see human intelligence triumph over bad behavior,” Sheriff Leroy Baca of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Jan. 16, 2014.

“We’re confined, but our minds are always free to learn,” inmate Solomon Brown, 30.


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Latest News
BSCC Approves New Prop 47 Grant Process

SACRAMENTO (Nov. 8, 2018) – The Board of State and Community Corrections approved a process to award the second round of Prop 47 funds to communities seeking to provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment and other services for those in the criminal justice system.

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BSCC Approves JAG Grant Process

SACRAMENTO (Nov. 8, 2018) – The Board of State and Community Corrections approved the release of the Request for Proposals for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, pending the final judgment in a lawsuit between California and the federal government.

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Chief Andrew Mills Joins BSCC Board


Chief Andrew Mills


SACRAMENTO (Nov. 8, 2018) – BSCC Chair Linda Penner swore in Santa Cruz Police Chief Andrew Mills as the newest member of the Board today.

Chief Mills, with 35 years of law enforcement experience, has also served as Chief of Police in Eureka. He began his California law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department. Mills was appointed to the Board by Gov. Jerry Brown.

To read Chief Mills’ bio please click here.

BSCC Approves New Prop 47 Processes

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 6, 2018) – The Board of State and Community Corrections gave agencies that received Proposition 47 grant funding a year longer to spend it, and approved the process for distributing the second round of funding under separate actions taken today.

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BSCC Announces New Board Member


retired judge Gordon S. Baranco


SACRAMENTO (July 23, 2018) – The Judicial Council of California has named retired judge Gordon S. Baranco as its member on the Board of State and Community Corrections.

Judge Baranco, a graduate of the UC Davis King Hall Law School, will serve a three-year term.

He served as Deputy District Attorney in the office of the San Francisco District Attorney; Managing Attorney for San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation; and Assistant to the City Attorney in Oakland. He was the Founding Judge of the Alameda County Homeless and Caring Court and the Founding Judge of the Alameda County Parolee Reentry Court. The list of accolades awarded to him for both his legal work and his work in the Oakland community is long.

To read Judge Baranco’s entire bio please click here.

BSCC Awards Anti-Violence Funds, Announces Two New Grants

SACRAMENTO (July 12, 2018) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today awarded $9 million in violence-fighting grants and launched the process to distribute another $87 million in grants designed for youth diversion and adult reentry.

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Governor Appoints 2 New BSCC Members; Re-Ups Perez

SACRAMENTO (June 28, 2018) – William Gore, 70, of San Diego, has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. Gore has been sheriff of San Diego County since 2009, where he was undersheriff from 2005 to 2009 and assistant sheriff from 2004 to 2005. He was chief of investigations at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office from 2003 to 2004 and served in several positions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1970 to 2003, including assistant director, unit chief, special agent in charge and special agent. Gore served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1970. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Gore is a Republican.

Leticia Perez, 41, of Bakersfield, has been reappointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections where she has served since 2015. Perez has been a member of the Kern County Board of Supervisors since 2013. She was a consultant for economic development and the state permitting process in the Office of California State Senator Michael Rubio from 2011 to 2012, served as an attorney at the Kern County Public Defender’s Office from 2008 to 2011 and was a community banker for Wells Fargo Bank from 2001 to 2003. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Perez is a Democrat.

Mark Varela, 52, of Camarillo, has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. Varela has been director and chief probation officer at the Ventura County Probation Agency since 2010, where he has served in several positions since 1988, including chief deputy probation officer, division manager, supervising probation officer, senior probation officer and deputy probation officer. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Varela is a Democrat.

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BSCC Awards Grants for Parenting, Substance-Use Treatment

SACRAMENTO (June 7, 2018) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved funding for two grants: one to help system-involved young people enrich their parenting skills, and the other to help inmates overcome substance abuse and related problems.

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BSCC Approves State Plan to Prevent Delinquency

ONTARIO (April 19, 2018) – The plan that will be the blueprint for Title II federal grants designed to keep young people from becoming involved in the criminal justice system was approved today by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

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BSCC Awards $9.2m in Anti-Violence Grants

ONTARIO (April 19, 2018) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved 20 grant awards worth $9.2 million to help reduce violence in communities across California.

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