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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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BSCC Launches Strategic Planning Comment Process

March 8, 2021
SACRAMENTO (March 8, 2021) – The BSCC has begun the process of updating the Strategic Plan that will guide its work for the next five years. As part of that process, the agency is inviting the public to comment on the first step: identifying overarching goals. The public input will be considered by the Board at an upcoming strategy workshop. The deadline to submit comments is March 19, 2021. To read the current Strategic Plan and participate in a survey, please visit  the BSCC 2022-2026 Strategic Plan page.

Public Comment Period Opens for the Senate Bill 823, Youth Programs and Facilities Grant Program: Written public comment may be submitted through March 8, 2021

February 19, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Feb.19,2021) - The BSCC is requesting broad input from all stakeholders and interested parties about the needs and priorities that should be addressed by the $9.6 million in one-time funds designated in SB 823 for start-up infrastructure planning. The BSCC has proposed that $4 million be used to create regional facilities for youth with Read More »

BSCC Advances Youth Realignment Grant; Extends Coronavirus Grant Deadline

February 11, 2021
SACRAMENTO (Feb.11,2021) - The Board of State and Community Corrections gave approval today for development of a Request for Applications for $9.6 million in Regional Youth Programs Facilities Grant funding to help counties plan for the realignment of youth in state custody to county care. The Board also extended until March 12 the deadline for Read More »

BSCC Surveys Counties on Division of Juvenile Justice Realignment Needs

December 18, 2020
SACRAMENTO – To help inform the priorities for allocating the Regional Youth Programs and Facilities Grant Program, the BSCC is surveying counties to determine statewide infrastructure and programming needs. Senate Bill 823 (Chapter 337, Statutes of 2020) began the closure of the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice, realigning those functions to county governments. The legislation Read More »

BSCC Announces New Grant Opportunities

November 19, 2020
SACRAMENTO (Nov. 19, 2020) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved millions of dollars in grant programs, including ones for indigent defense, reentry, health and safety issues associated with commercial cannabis, and federal coronavirus relief funds. The Board approved the release of Request for Proposals for the Adult Reentry Grant, the Prop Read More »

BSCC Juvenile Committee Seeks Input on Future Strategies

November 4, 2020
SACRAMENTO (November 4, 2020) - To best serve the emerging needs of California’s at-risk young people, the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has scheduled a listening session at 6 p.m. November 12 to get input that will guide future federal grant spending. The SACJJDP is preparing to develop its three-year state Read More »

Help the BSCC Determine Spending Priorities for Federal Grant Program

October 21, 2020
SACRAMENTO (Oct. 20, 2020) -- The BSCC is conducting a strategic plan to determine new priorities for a federal grant that can fund a variety of justice system programs. This strategic planning effort will allow the Board to update the priorities for funding based on input about current needs in California.  The BSCC is asking Read More »

Notice of 30-Day Comment Period Adult Reentry Grant

September 24, 2020
Notice of 30-Day Comment Period Adult Reentry Grant   The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) proposes minor and technical amendments to the Adult Reentry Grant (ARG) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next round of grant funding. Written public comment on proposed RFP changes may be submitted to the ARG inbox at  ARGWarmHandoff@bscc.ca.gov from September Read More »

BSCC Seeks Members for RSAT ESC

September 10, 2020
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections is seeking people with experience in issues surrounding substance-use disorder to help set requirements for a federal grant that will fund treatment programs in local jails.

BSCC Awards Grants from Cannabis Tax

September 10, 2020
SACRAMENTO – The Board of State and Community Corrections today awarded to 10 local governments nearly $10 million in grants funded by taxes on marijuana sales for the mitigation of impacts cannabis use and production create.