City Attorney’s Prop 47 team hits a growing homeless encampment in South Los Angeles.

Promising Programs in Practice

Inside/Out Students Study Together at Imperial Jail

picture of inmates taking a course offered by Imperial Valley College that links to article 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

picture of inmate training horse links to page with article 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

offenders and families reuniting in public housing and voucher programs links to article 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

picture of inmate undergoing laser removal of tattoo links to article 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

picture of labradoodle on leash with an Orange County Jail inmate links to article 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.

Siskiyou County Probation Day Reporting Center client working with horse links to article 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

Veterans Moving Forward Program at San Diego County's Vista Detention Facility links to article 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

picture of inmates in San Diego County participating in outdoor activity links to article 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

picture of a San Diego court room proceeding links to article 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

picture of probationary men participating in a life skills class links to article 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

picture of inmates from the Fresno County jail participating in group meeting links to article 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

L.A. County jail inmates graduating from Education Based Incarceration program links to article “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

LA Juvenile Halls Found Suitable; New Issues Arise and Need Correction

November 18, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Nov. 18, 2021) – After providing several weeks of technical assistance, the Board of State and Community Corrections determined today that the issues at Los Angeles County juvenile halls that had made the facilities noncompliant with the Board’s regulations and therefore made the facilities unsuitable for the confinement of youth have been remedied. This Read More »

Revised Facility Regulations Move Toward Best Practices

November 18, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Nov. 18, 2021) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved changes to the regulations governing the operations of local detention facilities – including a prohibition on carotid holds, updated terminology on gender identity and improvement of suicide prevention requirements. The changes follow the Governor’s directive to align regulations with national best Read More »

BSCC Seeks Members for Two Executive Steering Committees

November 18, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Nov. 18, 2021) – The Board of State and Community Corrections is looking for a diverse cross section of Californians to serve on committees that will establish criteria for two public safety grants. The federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and the Proposition 64 Public Health and Safety Grant Program provide a Read More »

CalVIP RFP To Be Released Nov. 19

November 18, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Nov. 18, 2021) – The Board of State and Community Corrections voted unanimously today to solicit applications for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program. The Request for Proposals approved by the Board will be available on the BSCC website beginning Nov. 19, 2021. The grant makes available $209 million in competitive grant Read More »

BSCC Sends Notice of Unsuitability to LA County

October 4, 2021
On October 1, 2021, following the action taken by the Board at its September 16, 2021, the BSCC formally notified the County of Los Angeles that its juvenile halls are unsuitable for the confinement of minors.  This notification triggers a 60-day period in which the county must bring its facilities into compliance with the BSCC’s Read More »

BSCC Seeks Help With Fees Survey

September 21, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Sept. 21, 2021) -- The Board of State and Community Corrections is asking for help in obtaining wide-ranging responses to a survey about the costs and fees charged to minors and their families related to confinement in halls, camps and ranches. The survey comes in response to a request from state Senator Maria Elena Read More »

BSCC Finds LA Juvenile Halls Unsuitable for Confinement of Minors

September 16, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Sept. 16, 2021) – The Board of State and Community Corrections found both Los Angeles County juvenile halls, Barry J. Nidorf and Central Juvenile Hall, unsuitable for the confinement of youth, a vote that requires the county to either remediate violations of the Board’s regulations or, after receiving a 60-day notice, remove the young Read More »

BSCC Seeks Prop 47 ESC Members

September 16, 2021
SACRAMENTO (September 16, 2021) – The Board of State and Community Corrections is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will oversee grant development for the third round of Proposition 47 funding. The Board voted today to establish an Executive Steering Committee that will work with staff to draft requirements that grantees must meet Read More »

Help the BSCC Decide Federal JAG Spending Priorities – Second Request

August 24, 2021
Help the BSCC Decide Federal JAG Spending Priorities – Second Request SACRAMENTO – The deadline is nearing for stakeholders and other interested parties to help the BSCC update spending priorities for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. Responses will be accepted through Friday, September 24, 2021. As California’s adult and juvenile public safety needs Read More »

BSCC Seeks Survey Input on Federal JAG Spending

August 5, 2021
SACRAMENTO (August 5, 2021) -- The BSCC is requesting input from stakeholders and other interested parties as the agency considers updates to spending priorities for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. As California’s adult and juvenile public safety needs evolve, the BSCC periodically assesses how grant funding should be prioritized within the federal guidelines Read More »