BSCC Seeks Volunteers to Inform Grant Requirements
SACRAMENTO (July 25, 2022) – The Board of State and Community Corrections is launching work on a variety of grants designed to ease some of the state’s most vexing problems: getting guns off the streets, thwarting retail theft, investigating and solving cases of missing indigenous people, and delivering effective mobile probation services to people without transportation.
Each of the four grant programs is seeking people with professional and lived experience to serve on committees that will help inform the grantmaking process.
The Budget Act of 2022 (Senate Bill 154) established the Local Law Enforcement Gun Buyback Grant Program and appropriated $25 million to support gun buybacks for fully functioning firearms, especially in those areas more prone to firearm violence.
The Budget Act of 2022 (Senate Bill 154) established the Organized Retail Theft Grant Program and the Organized Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Grant Program (Senate Bill 178). The competitive, $255 million three-year grants to combat organized retail theft will go to city police, county sheriffs’ departments, and probation departments focusing on preventing and responding to organized retail theft, motor vehicle or motor vehicle accessory theft, or cargo theft. The $30 million in three-year vertical prosecution grants will fund designated district attorneys to handle all phases of case management.
The Budget Act of 2022 (Senate Bill 154) established the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Grant Program. The program is designed to help tribes identify and collect case-level data on, publicize, investigate and solve cases involving missing and murdered indigenous people. The BSCC anticipates that $12 million, or $4 million per year, will be available across the next three fiscal years.
The Budget Act of 2022 (Senate Bill 178) established the Mobile Probation Service Centers Grant Program and allocated appropriated $20 million in competitive funding. The grants will help county probation departments set up mobile centers to reach people who struggling with meeting probation requirements, particularly individuals who are unhoused. Successful grantees can purchase vehicles, equipment, telecommunications, and other technology needed to operate.
The BSCC is seeking statements of interest from anyone interested in serving on an Executive Steering Committee to work on these grants. The staff will establish an ESC for each grant that is diverse in professional and lived experience, geography, gender, and demographics. Applications may be made through the BSCC website: www.bscc.ca.gov/s_bsccexecutivesteeringcommittees
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