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October 1, 2020

BSCC Launches Public Comment for Federal JAG Spending Priorities

As part of its three-year strategic planning effort, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is launching a months-long public input process that will help establish priorities for 2022-2025 grant funding for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

The BSCC will hold Zoom teleconference listening sessions to receive public comment on October 6 from 2-5 p.m. and October 8 from 5-8 p.m.  In addition, comment may be submitted in writing to JAG2022@bscc.ca.gov and by USPS to Daryle McDaniel 2590 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95834. The deadline for public comment is October 30, 2020.

The comments will be used to form a survey that will be widely distributed and allow participants to provide additional input on final priorities. To receive the final survey, please sign up for the BSCC ListServ here: http://www.bscc.ca.gov/s_bsccmailchimplisterserv/.

In previous funding rounds, public comment has helped the BSCC determine which of the eight allowable Program Purpose Areas are most relevant to California’s needs. California has received approximately $16 million in JAG funding annually from 2012 through 2020.

Below are the federally approved program areas for which the grant funding can be used:

  1. Law enforcement programs
  2. Prosecution and court programs
  3. Prevention and education programs
  4. Corrections and community corrections programs
  5. Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  6. Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  7. Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
  8. Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams

For additional JAG information about funding possibilities please visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance website  www.bja.gov and Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Fact Page.

BSCC Notice of 30-Day Comment Period Adult Reentry Grant

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) proposes minor and technical amendments to the Adult Reentry Grant (ARG) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next round of grant funding. Written public comment on proposed RFP changes may be submitted to the ARG inbox at  ARGWarmHandoff@bscc.ca.gov from September 23, 2020-October 23, 2020

The Adult Reentry Grant (ARG) Program was established through the Budget Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 840, Chapter 29, Statute of 2018) and appropriated $50 million in funding for competitive awards to community-based organizations to support offenders formerly incarcerated in state prison. The Budget Act requires that funding be allocated as follows: $25 million be for rental assistance; $9.35 million to support the warm handoff and reentry of offenders transitioning from prison to communities; and $15 million for the rehabilitation of existing property or buildings for housing offenders released from prison.

 

The Budget Act of 2019 (Assembly Bill 74, Chapter 23, Statues of 2019) provided an additional $33 million for the Adult Reentry Grant, to be split 50/50 between Rental Assistance and Warm Handoff.  Appropriations from the Budget Act of 2019 increased the total available funds for Rental Assistance and Warm Handoff projects as follows: Warm Hand-off/ Reentry: $25 million and Rental Assistance: $40.7 million.

 

Please note that some of the content of the RFP is required by statute, regulation, or state procedures and cannot be altered. In instances where the public suggests changes that cannot be made, the public comment will not be provided to the Board for consideration.

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The BSCC Board will consider RFP changes and public comment at the November 19, 2020 Board Meeting.

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