Administration of Justice News Briefs
March 9, 2017
Upcoming BSCC Training and Meeting
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) SB 844 Adult Local Criminal Justice Facilities Construction Executive Steering Committee will conduct a proposal evaluation rater training on March 14. The training will take place at their Sacramento headquarters. The agenda topics include proposal evaluation steps, goals and measurements, and an overview of the rating process. For additional information and a copy of the agenda please click here.
Additionally, the BSCC will hold the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SACJJDP) meeting on March 15. The meeting will be held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at two locations: 800 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles and at their Sacramento headquarters. Agenda details include: a legislative update, approval of the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention FY 2017 Title II three year plan, and approval of the draft compliance monitoring report. For more details please click here.
BJA Seeks Grant Applications for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Grant Program. This grant focuses on jurisdictions interested in planning, developing, and implementing alternatives to incarceration by expanding outreach, treatment, and recovery services for people in the criminal justice system that are impacted by the opioid epidemic. State, local, and tribal governments are welcome to apply. The solicitation found here provides further details about the application process and selection criteria. Applications are due April 25.
For additional Bureau of Justice grant opportunities please visit: https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx#1
The following Administration of Justice bills reflect CSAC’s advocacy efforts for the second month of the 2017 legislative session. For the latest bill status, please visit www.counties.org/legislative-tracking.
AB 1146 (Flora) – Oppose
As Introduced February 17, 2017
AB 1146 by Assembly Member Heath Flora would limit local control with regards to hiring outside counsel on a contingency fee bases. This bill makes it more difficult for counties to litigate cases such as public nuisance abatement cases by imposing new Request for Proposal (RFP) requirements on hiring contingency fee counsel. Additionally, the bill would impose new disclosure requirements and other administrative burdens on retaining contingency fee counsel. These new requirements would not only require disclosure of information that is permitted by the Legislature to be discussed in closed session and is protected under attorney-client and attorney work product privileges, but would also place public agencies at a distinct disadvantage in litigation.
AB 790 (Stone, M) – Support
As Introduced February 15, 2017
AB 790 by Assembly Member Mark Stone would require that eligible inmates at federal, state, and local detention facilities and eligible patients at Department of State Hospital’s (DSH) facilities qualify for a reduced application fee to obtain a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) identification card (ID). Identification cards can assist in an individual’s ability to transition back into society and aid in obtaining employment, health benefits, and services. AB 790 is set to be heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee on March 20th.