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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 hereopens PDF file .

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 hereopens PDF file .

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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Archives

BSCC Releases RFA for Youth Facility Upgrades; Awards Grants

April 8, 2021
SACRAMENTO (April 8, 2021) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today released the Request for Applications for $9.6 million in one-time infrastructure grants to help counties prepare for housing young people who after July 1 will no longer be transferred to the Division of Juvenile Justice. In September, the Governor signed Senate Bill Read More »

BSCC Seeks SB 823 Input – Draft RFA Outline Available

March 17, 2021
SACRAMENTO (March 17, 2021) – The BSCC is seeking input on the development of a Request for Application for the Youth Programs and Facilities Grant Program portion of Senate Bill 823. A virtual input session will be held on Monday, March 22, from 4-6 p.m. Stakeholder Meeting and Draft RFA Outline.opens PDF file

BSCC Launches Strategic Planning Comment Process

March 8, 2021
SACRAMENTO (March 8, 2021) – The BSCC has begun the process of updating the Strategic Plan that will guide its work for the next five years. As part of that process, the agency is inviting the public to comment on the first step: identifying overarching goals. The public input will be considered by the Board at an upcoming strategy workshop. The deadline to submit comments is March 19, 2021. To read the current Strategic Plan and participate in a survey, please visit  the BSCC 2022-2026 Strategic Plan page.

Public Comment Period Opens for the Senate Bill 823, Youth Programs and Facilities Grant Program: PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 22, 2021

February 19, 2021
  Comment period extended to March 22, 2021 Virtual Stakeholder Meeting – March 22, 2021, 4 to 6 PM and Draft RFA Outline   SACRAMENTO (Feb.19,2021) - The BSCC is requesting broad input from all stakeholders and interested parties about the needs and priorities that should be addressed by the $9.6 million in one-time funds Read More »

BSCC Advances Youth Realignment Grant; Extends Coronavirus Grant Deadline

February 11, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Feb.11,2021) - The Board of State and Community Corrections gave approval today for development of a Request for Applications for $9.6 million in Regional Youth Programs Facilities Grant funding to help counties plan for the realignment of youth in state custody to county care. The Board also extended until March 12 the deadline for Read More »

BSCC Surveys Counties on Division of Juvenile Justice Realignment Needs

December 18, 2020
SACRAMENTO – To help inform the priorities for allocating the Regional Youth Programs and Facilities Grant Program, the BSCC is surveying counties to determine statewide infrastructure and programming needs. Senate Bill 823 (Chapter 337, Statutes of 2020) began the closure of the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice, realigning those functions to county governments. The legislation Read More »

BSCC Announces New Grant Opportunities

November 19, 2020
SACRAMENTO (Nov. 19, 2020) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved millions of dollars in grant programs, including ones for indigent defense, reentry, health and safety issues associated with commercial cannabis, and federal coronavirus relief funds. The Board approved the release of Request for Proposals for the Adult Reentry Grant, the Prop Read More »

BSCC Juvenile Committee Seeks Input on Future Strategies

November 4, 2020
SACRAMENTO (November 4, 2020) - To best serve the emerging needs of California’s at-risk young people, the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has scheduled a listening session at 6 p.m. November 12 to get input that will guide future federal grant spending. The SACJJDP is preparing to develop its three-year state Read More »

Help the BSCC Determine Spending Priorities for Federal Grant Program

October 21, 2020
SACRAMENTO (Oct. 20, 2020) -- The BSCC is conducting a strategic plan to determine new priorities for a federal grant that can fund a variety of justice system programs. This strategic planning effort will allow the Board to update the priorities for funding based on input about current needs in California.  The BSCC is asking Read More »

Notice of 30-Day Comment Period Adult Reentry Grant

September 24, 2020
Notice of 30-Day Comment Period Adult Reentry Grant   The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) proposes minor and technical amendments to the Adult Reentry Grant (ARG) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next round of grant funding. Written public comment on proposed RFP changes may be submitted to the ARG inbox at  ARGWarmHandoff@bscc.ca.gov from September Read More »

BSCC Seeks Members for RSAT ESC

September 10, 2020
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections is seeking people with experience in issues surrounding substance-use disorder to help set requirements for a federal grant that will fund treatment programs in local jails.

BSCC Awards Grants from Cannabis Tax

September 10, 2020
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections today awarded to 10 local governments nearly $10 million in grants funded by taxes on marijuana sales for the mitigation of impacts cannabis use and production create.

BSCC Awards $37m in Anti-Violence Grants

September 10, 2020
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections today awarded 18 cities and 14 community-based organizations roughly $37 million in funding to combat violence in their areas.

BSCC Expedites Release of New Housing Assistance Grant Funds

August 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – To expedite grants for connecting people newly released from state prison to housing rental services the Board of State and Community Corrections today awarded $17.5 million to eight organizations next on a list established for a previous round of rental funding.

BSCC Bans Training of Carotid Hold

August 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Training on the use of the carotid hold by local corrections officers will no longer be certified by the state after a unanimous vote today by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

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.

COVID-19 Additional Guidance to Adult Facilities

April 3, 2020
This memorandum is to encourage local sheriffs, police chiefs with Type I facilities, and all adult facility managers to collaborate with local public health officials and contracted healthcare providers to update healthcare policies and procedures specifically to address COVID-19.

COVID-19, ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE TO JUVENILE FACILITIES

March 30, 2020
This memorandum is to encourage local Probation Chiefs and juvenile facility managers to collaborate with local public health officials and contracted healthcare providers to update healthcare policies and procedures specifically to address COVID-19. It also provides information about the process the BSCC will use in reviewing subsequent requests to continue the emergency suspension of regulations.

COVID-19 and BSCC Juvenile Visitation Guidance

March 18, 2020
Yesterday, the Board of State and Community Corrections provided guidance on issues related to BSCC programs and COVID-19.

COVID-19 and BSCC Reporting Requirements

March 18, 2020
On March 6, 2020, the Board of State and Community Corrections sent a memo to the field providing a reminder regarding the process to suspend Title 15 standards for adult and juvenile facilities.

BSCC Cancels Listening Session on Inspections, Regulations

March 13, 2020
The BSCC has cancelled the March 18 San Diego listening session on proposed jail inspection procedures and the biennial update of the adult regulations governing jail operations.

COVID-19 Jail Notification Procedures Outlined

March 6, 2020
As the State of California continues to respond to the emergence of COVID-19, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is prepared to assist counties in the event local detention facilities are impacted.

Hearings Set on Jail Inspections, Regulation Revisions

February 28, 2020
The San Diego listening session has been cancelled. Please submit written comments to regulations@bscc.ca.gov
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections has set the dates for three statewide listening sessions so that members of the public can give comments on separate but related topics: the agency’s efforts to improve jail inspections and the biennial update of the adult regulations governing jail operations.

BSCC Approves Enhanced Jail Inspection Process

February 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – In a major step toward ensuring swifter action when local jails fail to meet minimum standards, members of the Board of State and Community Corrections today unanimously approved a plan to put in place a more focused process that will speed up remediation plans for increased accountability and transparency when deficiencies in local detention facilities are identified.

BSCC Releases RFP for Prop 64 Grant

February 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Grants funded from tax revenue from the sale of legal cannabis in California will be available for the first time from the Board of State and Community Corrections through a grant application process launching February 14

CalVIP RFP Set For Release

February 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – A Requests for Proposals for a grant designed to stem violence in vulnerable communities will be available tomorrow after the Board of State and Community Corrections today unanimously approved its requirements. Read more...

Governor Appoints Cumpian to Board

February 13, 2020
Norma Cumpian, 50, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. Cumpian has served as the manager for women and non-binary services at the Anti-Recidivism Coalition since 2016.

Notice of Proposed Action – Title 15 Minimum Standards for Training

December 27, 2019
Pursuant to the authority granted by Penal Code Sections 6035 and 6036, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) hereby gives notice of the proposed regulatory action(s) described in this public notice.

Committee Studying Regulation Updates Seeks Input

November 21, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The executive steering committee that will be updating regulations governing the operations and design of local adult corrections facilities has set December 2 as its first meeting.

BSCC Awards Federal Title II Grants

November 14, 2019
Twelve organizations will receive $4 million in federal funding over the next year to support juvenile delinquency prevention in a move approved today by the Board of State and Community Corrections. The nine nonprofits, two governmental agencies and a school district are eligible for grant funding for the next three years, however the amounts available Read More »

Two RFPs for Youth Diversion Released

November 14, 2019
The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved release of two new requests for proposals – both to fund diversion programs that would help young people involved in the justice system, or at risk of involvement. The Tribal Youth Diversion Grant will provide $9.7 million for trauma-informed and health-based interventions for youthful members of Read More »

Members Needed for Regulation Revision ESC

October 8, 2019
The BSCC is looking for people with subject-matter expertise who are interested in reviewing and updating the Title 15 and 24 regulations governing the operations and construction of jails.

BSCC Awards $16.2m in Federal JAG Grants

September 12, 2019
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 12, 2019) – The Board of State and Community Corrections has approved allocating $16.2 million to 27 California counties whose applications for federal justice grants scored highest in their respective population categories.

RFP for Reentry Housing Rehab Now Available

September 12, 2019
SAN DIEGO (Sept. 12, 2019) – A grant to provide funding for the rehabilitation of buildings to house formerly incarcerated people as they are released from state prison was approved for release today by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

Governor Appoints Seale to Board

August 30, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Lee Seale, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. He has served as chief probation officer of Sacramento County since 2013.

BSCC Awards $65m in Housing Assistance Grants

July 11, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections awarded millions of dollars in rehabilitative grants today, and launched the processes for administering five more.

Board Awards $96m In Prop 47 Grants

June 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved grant awards from a voter initiative that reduces from felonies to misdemeanors certain low-level crimes and directs state savings to programs primarily focused on mental health and substance-use disorder treatment. It is the second round of Proposition 47 funding approved by the Board, to which voters allocated the bulk of the state savings for rehabilitative grants targeting Prop 47-impacted individuals. Approximately $96 million will go to 23 applicants whose rehabilitative programs were deemed most promising.

Board Awards Grants for Youth Diversion

June 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections approved two grants worth millions of dollars for programs designed to prevent young people from entering the justice system or from furthering their involvement in it.

Notice of Intent to Apply for 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

May 24, 2019
Notice of Intent to Apply for 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program The Board of State and Community Corrections, Corrections Planning and Grant Programs division intends to apply for the 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. This notice serves as an opportunity to comment on the application.

Notice of Proposed Action – Title 15 Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities

May 17, 2019
Pursuant to the authority granted by Penal Code 6030, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) hereby gives notice of the proposed regulatory action(s) described in this public notice.

BSCC Releases Two RFPs for Youth Diversion

April 11, 2019
SACRAMENTO – A federal grant that would help divert young people toward help and away from the criminal justice system is being launched Friday by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

Second Prop 47 RFP Now Available

January 22, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections has released a Request for Proposals for a grant program that will be funded by the second round of savings from Proposition 47.

BSCC Updates Training Standards for Corrections, Probation Officers

January 17, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved a major overhaul of training standards specifically tied to the more complex demands of people serving time in local jails for nonviolent felonies.

Grant Available to Help Shelter Former State Prisoners

January 17, 2019
SACRAMENTO – A new grant that will provide up to $34.35 million to help people released from state prison secure housing and other transitional resources and services was approved today by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

BSCC Approves $35m Juvenile Diversion Grant RFP

January 17, 2019
SACRAMENTO – A $35 million grant designed to help cities and counties divert young people away from the criminal justice system was approved for release today by the Board of State and Community Corrections.

BSCC Approves New Prop 47 Grant Process

November 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – 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.

Chief Andrew Mills Joins BSCC Board

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

BSCC Approves JAG Grant Process

November 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – 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.

Notice of Proposed Action – Title 24 Minimum Standards for Local and Juvenile Detention Facilities

September 7, 2018
Notice is hereby given that the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) on behalf of The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) proposes to adopt, approve, codify, and publish changes to building standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 1 and 2.

BSCC Approves New Prop 47 Processes

September 6, 2018
SAN DIEGO – 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.

BOARD NAMES PROP 47 ESC

February 14, 2016