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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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BSCC Launches COVID-19 Dashboard

July 31, 2020
SACRAMENTO – A data dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases among detainees and staff at county adult jails and juvenile detention facilities has been posted today on the Board of State and Community Corrections website.

BSCC Approves COVID Funds to Help House up to 8,000 Leaving CDCR

July 16, 2020
SACRAMENTO – To help expedite the emergency housing needs of up to 8,000 people being released from state prisons the Board of State and Community Corrections today allocated $15 million of its $58.5 million in federal emergency COVID-19 funds to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Launch of Data Collection for BSCC COVID-19 Dashboard

July 15, 2020
Date: July 15, 2020
TO: Sheriffs and Chief Probation Officers
FROM: Linda Penner, BSCC Chair
SUBJECT: LAUNCH OF DATA COLLECTION FOR BSCC COVID-19 DASHBOARD

I am writing today to inform you of a new effort to provide publicly accessible information about COVID-19 cases inside of California’s county detention facilities, both adult and juvenile. The BSCC will create a COVID-19 dashboard that will launch July 31, 2020, and we are asking for your assistance in two ways:

BSCC Sets Emergency Meeting for July 16

July 14, 2020
SACRAMENTO (July 14, 2020) – The Board of State and Community Corrections will convene an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday July 16 to consider the immediate allocation of federal funding to provide housing for up to 8,000 people being released from state prisons due to COVID-19.

BSCC Seeks Input on Federal COVID Funding

June 11, 2020
The Board of State and Community Corrections sought and was awarded $58.5 million in federal funds to help ease the financial impacts of COVID-19 emergency spending on the criminal justice system. The BSCC now seeks public input on how to most effectively disperse the funds.

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF STC CERTIFICATION OF CAROTID CONTROL HOLD TRAINING

June 10, 2020
In alignment with the Governor’s directive to remove the carotid control hold from all state training programs and materials, the BSCC’s Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) Program will immediately suspend all existing courses that include carotid control hold training either as a stand-alone topic or embedded within a larger defensive tactics course.  Effective immediately, no training on carotid control hold shall be delivered under a BSCC certification. This includes courses delivered in core training and as annual training. At the July 2020 BSCC meeting, the Board will review a recommendation on conforming changes to STC manuals as needed.

If you have any questions, please contact STC Deputy Director, Evonne Garner at Evonne.garner@bscc.ca.gov.

Linda Penner
Chair
Board of State and Community Corrections

Survey Shows Changes at Juvenile Halls, Ranches

April 28, 2020
A survey of California juvenile halls and ranches shows fewer bookings, more diversion, and medical testing for those who must be housed and are showing symptoms of possible COVID-19 illness, according to a voluntary survey conducted by the BSCC.

Services Available for People Newly Released from Prison

April 24, 2020
As the State of California continues to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, the Board of State and Community Corrections has coordinated with 69 grantees that are implementing reentry services under the Adult Re-Entry Grant (ARG) Program to outline services available to people newly release from state prisons. 

Supplemental JPS and JDPS Data Now Available

April 20, 2020
The Supplemental Jail and Juvenile Detention Profile Surveys are now available. The BSCC recently began collecting data from county Sheriffs and Probation Chiefs on ADP, bookings, and releases related to COVID-19.

BSCC Requests Supplemental JDPS, JPS Reporting

April 8, 2020
This memorandum is to advise you of temporary, additional data the BSCC will be requesting from all county detention facilities (both adult and juvenile) about local detention populations and weekly changes during the COVID-19 emergency.