Public Defense Pilot Program


Background

The Budget Act of 2021 (Senate Bill 129) established the Public Defense Pilot Program. Public Defense Pilot Program funds must be utilized for indigent defense providers, including public defenders, alternate defenders, and other qualifying entities that provide indigent defense in criminal matters for the purposes of workload associated with the provisions in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 1170 of, and Sections 1170.95, 1473.7, and 3051 of, the Penal Code.

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) made $49.5 million available to California’s 58 Counties to provide services in alignment with the State Budget Act of 2021 (Senate Bill 129). A list of the funded proposals and brief project summaries are provided below:

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is accepting applications for the Public Defense Pilot Program through December 5, 2022. Approximately $49.4 million is available to California’s 58 Counties. The following materials are required to apply for this grant opportunity:

For information or questions about the Public Defense Pilot Program, please contact Field Representative Dameion Renault at Dameion.Renault@bscc.ca.govcreate new email.

Cohort I (March 1, 2022 to March 1, 2025)

From October 4, 2021 to January 14, 2022, California counties were invited to apply for the Public Defense Pilot Program. For reference, the Application Instruction Packet, Application Packet, and Budget are provided below:

  • Application Instruction Packet – PDF | Word
  • Application Packet – PDF | Word
  • Budget Attachment

 

Cohort I Grantee Orientation

Agenda

Section 1:  Welcome and Grant Overviews – Powerpoint Slidesopens PDF file

Section 2:  Administrative Overviews – Powerpoint Slidesopens PDF file

Section 3:  Fiscal Responsibilities – Powerpoint Slidesopens PDF file

Section 4:  Data Collection & Evaluation Requirements – Introduction by Rand

Section 5:  Program Responsibilities – Powerpoint Slidesopens PDF file

Public Defense Pilot Program Orientation Video - March 10-11, 2022

 

Cohort I Date and Evaluation Orientation

Agenda