First Analysis of Prop 47 Grant program Shows Recidivism Reduction

SACRAMENTO – An analysis of program participation for the Board of State and Community Corrections’ Proposition 47 grant program shows reduced recidivism rates among formerly incarcerated people who received support services such as mental health and substance-use disorder treatment.

The outcome study of the first cohort of grant recipients showed positive results. All but two grantees reported recidivism rates below 23 percent (from 2 to 22.7 percent) compared to a statewide average of around 35 percent. Nine of the grantees reported recidivism rates of 10 percent or less. The grants began in June 2017 and ended Aug. 15, 2021.

Prop 47 reduced penalties for some low-level crimes and directed the state incarceration savings into treatment and support for system-involved people. In the first round of funding, 23 grantees received $103 million to provide mental health treatment, substance-use disorder treatment, housing, job training, legal services and case management.

Over the course of the grant, 32,007 unduplicated participants received services. Many of the participants were diverted away from jail to organizations that were able to address their mental health and substance-abuse needs.

Read the report of cohort one outcome data  collected by grantees and analyzed by the BSCC.  Recidivism is defined as conviction of a new felony or misdemeanor within three years of release from custody.

A second cohort of Prop 47 grantees, with $96 million in funding, is underway and ends in May 2023. The BSCC is reviewing applications for the third round of funding, with $143 in available funding. The third cohort will launch in September 2022.

For more information about the Proposition 47 grant program and who receives local funding go to the Proposition 47 Page.

The BSCC provides services to the county and adult juvenile system through inspections of jails and detention facilities, technical assistance, promulgation of regulations, sets training standards for local correctional staff and administers of a wide range of rehabilitative grants.

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