BSCC Awards $125m in Prop 47 Grants
SACRAMENTO (July 25, 2022) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today awarded $125 million to 24 government and community-based organizations to fund a variety of recidivism-reduction programs.
The funding comes from Proposition 47, a 2014 voter-approved initiative that reduced the penalties for some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and directed the state incarceration savings to be used to help system-involved people rehabilitate their lives.
This is the third round of the three-year grant awards the BSCC has made since 2014 to fund programs such as housing assistance, substance-use disorder treatment, job training and civil legal services to clear records of minor infractions that are a barrier to employment and housing.
“Our Prop 47 grant program is funding innovative and meaningful programs and services that help to address the kinds of issues that will help people improve their lives and make California safe,” said Board Chair Linda Penner. “I am excited by the diverse service providers and mix of approaches in these grants.”
In the latest round of funding, grantees include:
--The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Project Title, which will receive $6 million to continue programs begun under earlier rounds of funding that provide reentry services such as Medicate Assistant Treatment linking people being released from jail to opioid treatment and recovery services.
--The Corona-Norco Unified School District Project, which received $1.6 million to support programs for system-involved youth, including mental health and substance-use treatment, job skills, mentoring, housing assistance and legal consultations. With the new funding, the school district will hire a youth resource officer to help divert young people from juvenile halls and improve school performance.
--The LA City Attorney’s Office received $6 million to continue its successful LA Diversion Outreach & Opportunities for Recovery program. Case workers perform outreach to mostly unhoused people in Central and South LA who are most in need of services, advancing opportunities to treat addiction and mental illness through health approaches rather than prosecution.
The BSCC provides services to the county adult and juvenile systems through inspections of county jails and juvenile detention facilities, technical assistance on local issues, promulgation of regulations, training standards for local correctional staff, and the administration of a wide range of public safety, re-entry, violence reduction, and rehabilitative grants to state and local governments and community-based organizations.
For more Prop 47 information, please contact Field Representative Dameion Renault at firstname.lastname@example.org