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January 5, 2017

BSCC Releases SB 844 RFP and Holds Bidders Conference

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) recently released a Request for Proposals for Adult Local Criminal Justice Facilities Construction. It contains up to $150 million for small counties, up to $30 million for medium-sized counties, and up to $70 million for large-sized counties that are building adult justice facilities. The funds are part of SB 844 that is targeting counties that have received either no previous funding or partial funding to support their local detention facility needs.

In addition, the BSCC is holding a SB 844 Bidders Conference on January 25 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at their headquarters located at 2590 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 200 in Sacramento. The intent of the conference is to provide counties and other interested parties with the opportunity to ask questions regarding the RFP and receive clarification on the RFP process. For additional information and a copy of the RFP please visit: http://bscc.ca.gov/s_cfcsb844.php.

Upcoming BSCC Committee Meetings

The Board of State and Community Corrections is holding its State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Meeting on January 13 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at 600 Embarcadero in San Francisco. The agenda includes an overview of the committee’s current work, swearing in of new members and strategic planning. For additional information and the agenda please visit: http://bscc.ca.gov/m_meetings.php.

Also the BSCC is holding its Local Selection and Training Standards Revision Project Executive Steering Committee Meeting on January 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 2590 Venture Oaks Way in Sacramento. The Local Selection and Training Standards Revision Project Executive Steering Committee presides over any policy changes and/or regulatory changes that the BSCC has forthcoming. The agenda includes project status updates and an overview of selection and training standards. For additional information and the agenda please visit: http://www.bscc.ca.gov/s_mtglsats011217.php.

Attorney General’s Office Announces AB 953 Proposed Text of Regulations

The Attorney General’s Office recently drafted the proposed text of regulations for AB 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 by Assembly Member Shirley Weber. This Act requires state and local law enforcement agencies to collect data regarding stops of individuals and report this data to the California Attorney General’s Office. In addition, AB 953 requires the Attorney General to issue regulations for the collection and reporting of this stop data.

The drafted proposed regulations are listed below:

Documents related to the proposed regulations:

Public comments regarding these regulations are welcome. There are four ways to submit public comment:

  1. Submit Comment Regarding Proposed Regulations online
  2. Send written comment via email to AB953@doj.ca.gov
  3. Send written comment to the address specified in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action, pdf
  4. Submit written or oral comments at any of the three public hearings the Department will hold on the proposed regulations.

These hearings will take place at the following dates and locations:

January 12, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
California State University, Los Angeles
Student Union Building
5154 State University Drive, Room 308 (Los Angeles Rm.)
Los Angeles, CA 90032

January 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chabot Elementary School
Auditorium/Multi-Purpose Rm.
6686 Chabot Road
Oakland, CA 94618

January 26, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Business Hub
Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
1444 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93721

If you would like to receive notifications regarding these proposed regulations and on implementation of the Racial and Identity Profiling Act and activities of the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board, please subscribe to the AB 953 Mailing List. If you have general questions about the rulemaking process, please e-mail AB953@doj.ca.gov.

COMIO Releases 2016 Annual Report

The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders, or COMIO, a 12-member council of appointed subject matter experts that strive to end the criminalization of mentally ill individuals, has released its December 2016 Annual Report. COMIO supports proven strategies that promote early intervention, access to effective treatments, planned re-entry to society and the preservation of public safety. Some of the key themes raised in the report are: recognizing the stigma associated with mental illness to ensure that policies and practices do not perpetuate inequities; sharing health and justice data with various agencies to aid in preventing the incarceration of mentally ill individuals; addressing the housing needs of mentally ill justice-involved individuals; and maximize the use of federally supported Medi-Cal funding in all diversion efforts. To review the full report please click here.

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