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.