CSAC Bulletin Article

Proposition 47 Grant Program Evaluation Shows Recidivism Cut

February 22, 2024

According to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), a comprehensive evaluation of their Proposition 47 grant program suggests participants who utilized services made available by the 2014 voter-approved initiative are significantly less prone to recidivism than those traditionally incarcerated in California.

The assessment of the second cohort of grantees, which are public agencies that offer mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, and/or diversion programs for justice-involved individuals, revealed positive outcomes. Individuals who accessed grant-funded services under Prop 47 exhibited a recidivism rate of 15.3 percent, more than twice as low as those traditionally incarcerated by the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (CDCR). CDCR’s recidivism estimates range from 35 to 45 percent, with overall recidivism declining. Although other published recidivism rates for California offer a basis for comparison, it’s crucial to acknowledge these percentages may not represent an equivalent comparison group due to variations in criminal history and recidivism definitions.  

Local programs supported by the grant also recorded advancements in housing and employment objectives. Among participants facing homelessness, those who fulfilled program requirements witnessed a 60 percent reduction in homelessness. Participants who set employment as a goal and met program requirements saw a 50 percent decrease in unemployment, predominantly in part-time employment.

The BSCC anticipates releasing the RFPs for the Proposition 47 grant program’s fourth round of funding by July 2024. For additional details and information on recipients of local funding, visit the Proposition 47 Page. For more information, please contact Colleen Curtin at colleen.curtin@bscc.ca.gov.

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