CSAC Bulletin Article

BSCC Approves SB 844 and Prop. 47 Funding

June 15, 2017

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) approved SB 844 Local Detention Facility Construction grant awards totaling $270M to nine counties. The state lease-revenue bond financing established in the Governors 16-17 budget and SB 844, was earmarked for the 20 counties that have not yet received jail improvement funding or that received partial funding.

SB 844 set aside $20M for Napa County to replace its earthquake damaged jail. The BSCC received funding requests from 12 counties seeking a total of $366M. The eight successful applicant counties are: Contra Costa ($70M), Placer ($30M), Plumas, El Dorado, Mendocino, Lassen, Mono (all set to receive $25M each) and finally Modoc ($24.5M). Successful applicants proposed projects that provide in-person visitation and included with their applications a description of efforts to address sexual abuse.

Additionally, the BSCC Board approved Proposition 47 grant awards to 23 applicants for a total of $103M for community diversion and treatment programs across California. Proposition 47 changed certain low-level crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and directed state savings to rehabilitative programs.

Programs awarded funding include: $5.9M to the Contra Costa County Health Services Department diversion program, $6M to San Diego County’s expansion of a misdemeanant diversion program, $1M to Tehama County’s Restore Program, and $6M to the Orange County Health Care Agency to expand jail in-reach and reentry planning. Agencies could apply for large awards of up to $6M, or small awards of up to $1M. The grant cycle begins June 16, 2017 and ends August 15, 2020. The BSCC anticipates releasing a new RFP in early 2019.

More information about the SB 844 and Proposition 47 grant award recipients can be found here: http://bscc.ca.gov/s_newsrelease.php.

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