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Community Recidivism Grants FAQs

The Budget Act of 2014 (Chapter 25, Statutes of 2014) allocates $8 million to the Board of State and Community Corrections for the Community Recidivism Reduction Grant described in Penal Code section 1233.10 (Attachment I). Counties are eligible to receive funds if the Board of Supervisors, in collaboration with the county’s Community Corrections Partnership, agrees to develop a competitive grant program intended to fund community recidivism and crime reduction services. Each county must notify the BSCC of its interest in participating in this grant program by sending a letter confirming interest by September 30, 2014. This Frequently Asked Questions document provides further clarification regarding the county's the letter of interest and much more.


State Grants Available to Fight Gangs

Important: Please read these FAQs and updated information before applying.

The Board of State and Community Corrections has released the Request for Funding Proposal for city gang-fighting grants available through the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program.

The $9.2 million annual grant program is designed to reduce gang and youth violence. Applications must be made by cities, which administer the grants, with funding then allocated to community-based organizations and public agencies that target youth, and law enforcement agencies and probation departments that engage in suppression strategies. The RFP is available here.

Annual Reports to the Legislature

Second Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans, July 2014 - PDF

California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program (CALGRIP) April 2014 - PDF

The Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA), March 2014 - PDF

The Youthful Offender Block Grant (YOBG), March 2014 - Read more...

Defining Key Terms According to AB1050

The success of Public Safety Realignment will be difficult to measure until many key terms have agreed upon definitions. - Read more...

California Public Safety Realignment

AB109: Shifting criminal justice responsibilities from the state to local government. - Read more...

Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

Public safety through cost-effective, promising and evidence-based strategies. - Read more...

EBP Project Showcase - Stanislaus County's Girls Juvenile Justice Initiative - PDF

No Surge in Early Releases

A recent story in the Los Angeles Times reported that early releases from jail since Realignment grew considerably in late 2013. Unfortunately, the data used from our website to make that assessment included an error that skewed the tally by 3,891 people. Therefore the article’s statement that early releases of offenders “surged to over 17,400” in October 2013 from an average 13,500 is not correct. October releases were 13,509.

Realignment never was intended to be a means for incarcerating everyone. Counties across California are being prompted by Realignment to decide who belongs in jail and who does not, including those whose risk assessment makes them candidates for electronic monitoring. Counties are creating meaningful programs to reduce recidivism, such as the drug- and alcohol-treatment programs into which numerous offenders are released early from jail. The story made no mention that many of the early releases are these kinds of appropriate, supervised releases.

BSCC Response to the Aug. 2014 PPIC Report on Local Realignment Policies and Recidivism

This report appears to be carefully prepared and represents an important contribution to the ongoing discussion of criminal justice policy as much for the questions it raises as for the findings it offers.

This preliminary review of the earliest months appears to show a relationship between spending on reentry services and a positive impact on recidivism. In the first year of implementation the State allocated $400 million to the counties. In 2013-14, counties received approximately $1 billion, which is being allocated according to counties’ evolving priorities. We will learn more as counties’ collaborative and innovative approaches to public safety, including reentry services, have time to work.

The PPIC analysis of the 2011-2012 year of funding was limited by the counties’ uncertainty at that time about the sustainability of Realignment funding and the quick adjustments made to launch this significant policy shift. California’s 58 counties differed substantially in their readiness to carry out Realignment.

We agree with the authors’ cautions about drawing conclusions based on the first year of Realignment.

The PPIC report is available here.