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Inside/Out Students Study Together at Imperial Jail

picture of inmates taking a course offered by Imperial Valley College that links to article When he dropped out of high school, Pedro thought academics weren’t for him. But in the Imperial County Jail his mind was freed.

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Wild Horse Redemption in Sacramento County

picture of inmate training horse links to page with article At a rustic ranch in rural Sacramento County patient wranglers learn to coax the wildness out of mustangs, while hoping the animals will one day flourish outside of the corrals that have held them since capture.

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In LA, New Section 8 Rules Mean Some Felons Can Go Home

offenders and families reuniting in public housing and voucher programs links to article Damae Miller’s mother went to prison when the young woman was just 15. Now 25, she is looking forward to helping her mother transition to freedom after a decade in the Central California Women’s Facility at Chowchilla.

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Erasing The Past, One Tattoo At A Time

picture of inmate undergoing laser removal of tattoo links to article STOCKTON -- Juan Nila has made a lot of decisions he regrets, but at least one can be erased: the prominent Aztec tattoo across the front of his neck that signaled his membership in a street gang.

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Dogs, Humans Strive For Second Chance

picture of labradoodle on leash with an Orange County Jail inmate links to article Shannon Plummer is a 53-year-old heroin addict serving time at the James A. Musick Jail in Orange County for felony drug possession. Frosty is her year-old roommate, a lanky white Labradoodle mix whose time was up at the county animal shelter....

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Can Horses Help Offenders Process Destructive Emotions? Success In Siskiyou County Is Riding On It.

Siskiyou County Probation Day Reporting Center client working with horse links to article James Lineberger drank too much for too long trying to quell his lifelong feelings of deep anxiety, and eventually landed in jail for domestic violence. Then into his life at the Siskiyou County Probation Department’s Day Reporting Center came Big Dar, a massive paint-colored draft horse. At first Big Dar was skittish and standoffish with Lineberger and wouldn’t come close, mirroring back the feelings Lineberger emitted...

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Military Vets Find Support in Jail

Veterans Moving Forward Program at San Diego County's Vista Detention Facility links to article In a calm and orderly pod of San Diego County’s Vista Detention Facility the quiet that is a rarity in county jails is interrupted by an occasional “Ooh-rah,” the solidarity cry of the U.S. Marine Corps. The 32 men incarcerated here, from all branches of service, are part of an experiment in which the special needs of military veterans are addressed to improve their odds of success upon release...

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San Diego County Agencies Collaborate on Realignment Goals

picture of inmates in San Diego County participating in outdoor activity links to article In San Diego County an ambitious collaboration to help Realigned offenders escape from cycles of crime is underway between public safety officials, the courts, probation, the District Attorney, Public Defender and community-based organizations.

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San Diego Invests in Collaborative Courts to Reduce Recidivism

picture of a San Diego court room proceeding links to article SAN DIEGO – The man with the offensive tattoos on his hands was nicknamed Angry Bird when public safety officials here diverted him into a special Reentry Court to deal with issues surrounding his addictions, anger and impulse control.

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Sacramento County’s Adult Day Reporting Center Offers Hope for Change

picture of probationary men participating in a life skills class links to article Robert grew to adulthood lacking the mental acumen to see how a sketchy situation might deteriorate into something he would regret being a part.

“Now before things arise, I stop and say to myself, ‘How is this going to move my life forward?’ I use these skills every day.”

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In Fresno, Inmates Learn to Handle Life’s Challenges

picture of inmates from the Fresno County jail participating in group meeting links to article On the fifth floor of the Fresno County Jail 32 men have put aside their gang affiliations and racial and social prejudices for the chance to turn their lives around.

These are AB 109 inmates whose risk score was medium to high for recidivism – mostly substance abusers with addictions that propelled their revolving door existence in this Central California lockup.

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LA County Jail Education Programs Transform Lives

L.A. County jail inmates graduating from Education Based Incarceration program links to article “It’s so remarkable to see human intelligence triumph over bad behavior,” Sheriff Leroy Baca of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Jan. 16, 2014.

“We’re confined, but our minds are always free to learn,” inmate Solomon Brown, 30.

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Latest News

COVID-19 and BSCC Juvenile Visitation Guidance

March 18, 2020
Yesterday, the Board of State and Community Corrections provided guidance on issues related to BSCC programs and COVID-19.

COVID-19 and BSCC Reporting Requirements

March 18, 2020
On March 6, 2020, the Board of State and Community Corrections sent a memo to the field providing a reminder regarding the process to suspend Title 15 standards for adult and juvenile facilities.

BSCC Cancels Listening Session on Inspections, Regulations

March 13, 2020
The BSCC has cancelled the March 18 San Diego listening session on proposed jail inspection procedures and the biennial update of the adult regulations governing jail operations.

COVID-19 Jail Notification Procedures Outlined

March 6, 2020
As the State of California continues to respond to the emergence of COVID-19, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is prepared to assist counties in the event local detention facilities are impacted.

Hearings Set on Jail Inspections, Regulation Revisions

February 28, 2020
The San Diego listening session has been cancelled. Please submit written comments to regulations@bscc.ca.gov
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections has set the dates for three statewide listening sessions so that members of the public can give comments on separate but related topics: the agency’s efforts to improve jail inspections and the biennial update of the adult regulations governing jail operations.

BSCC Approves Enhanced Jail Inspection Process

February 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – In a major step toward ensuring swifter action when local jails fail to meet minimum standards, members of the Board of State and Community Corrections today unanimously approved a plan to put in place a more focused process that will speed up remediation plans for increased accountability and transparency when deficiencies in local detention facilities are identified.

BSCC Releases RFP for Prop 64 Grant

February 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Grants funded from tax revenue from the sale of legal cannabis in California will be available for the first time from the Board of State and Community Corrections through a grant application process launching February 14

CalVIP RFP Set For Release

February 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO – A Requests for Proposals for a grant designed to stem violence in vulnerable communities will be available tomorrow after the Board of State and Community Corrections today unanimously approved its requirements. Read more...

Governor Appoints Cumpian to Board

February 13, 2020
Norma Cumpian, 50, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections. Cumpian has served as the manager for women and non-binary services at the Anti-Recidivism Coalition since 2016.

Notice of Proposed Action – Title 15 Minimum Standards for Training

December 27, 2019
Pursuant to the authority granted by Penal Code Sections 6035 and 6036, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) hereby gives notice of the proposed regulatory action(s) described in this public notice.