We pay taxes, we suffer the consequences but we are not good enough for the state to give money for a problem the state lawmakers created.
SACRAMENTO (June 8, 2017) – Grant awards from a voter initiative that reduces from felonies to misdemeanors certain low-level crimes and directs state savings to rehabilitative programs received approval today from the Board of State and Community Corrections.
Approximately $103 million in estimated state savings resulting from the enactment of Proposition 47 will go to 23 applicants whose rehabilitative programs were deemed most promising by a workgroup of the Board.
The criteria for the awards was established by language in the proposition, which directs 65 percent of the overall state savings to the BSCC to fund grants for mental health and substance-use disorder treatment. Assembly Bill 1056 added housing assistance and job training to the mix of eligible funding criteria. The bill targets for services people “who have been arrested, charged with, or convicted of a criminal offense and have a history of mental health issues or substance use disorders.”
9 Counties to Receive $270m for Jail Construction, Improvements
SACRAMENTO (June 8, 2017) – The Board of State and Community Corrections today approved conditional awards totaling $270 million to nine counties to finance improvements to local jail facilities.
The state lease-revenue bond financing, established in the Governor’s 2016-17 budget and Senate Bill 844, was earmarked for the 20 counties that have not yet received jail improvement funding, or that received only partial funding in previous rounds. SB 844 set aside $20 million of the total for Napa County to replace its jail, which was heavily damaged in an earthquake in 2014.
The legislation requires counties to improve housing with an emphasis on expanding program and treatment space, to create in-custody mental health or treatment space, and to establish space for reentry services. Successful applicants proposed projects that provide in-person visitation and included with their applications a description of efforts to address sexual abuse.