Thursday, September 13, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger Releases $23 Million for Counties to Implement Juvenile Justice Reforms

Governor Schwarzenegger today requested the State Controller's Office to release nearly $23 million in Youthful Offender Block Grants in the 2007-2008 budget for counties to implement new juvenile correctional reforms. The recently approved block grants will allow counties to oversee those offenders with less serious crimes in their home communities.

"I am a firm believer that California's youthful offenders are among the most responsive to programs that will steer them away from trouble and keep them from turning toward a life of crime," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "These new reforms will shift away from uprooting less-serious youthful offenders from their families and support networks, by investing in programs and services in their local communities."

"This is real reform that attacks juvenile crime at its roots and focuses on rehabilitation in the home community," said Bernard Warner, Chief Deputy Secretary for the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Beginning September 1, 2007, the DJJ stopped accepting juvenile court commitments and parole violators, except those convicted of violent, serious, or sex offenses. Juvenile offenders with less serious crimes will now be kept in their local jurisdictions, where they can benefit from programs within their communities and be closer to potential support networks. The 2007-08 state budget includes $24 million from the General Fund, growing to a total of $92 million by 2010-11, in Juvenile Offender Block Grant funding that will provide counties with resources to provide services to juvenile offenders who will no longer be housed in DJJ facilities or supervised by the Division of Juvenile Parole Operations. This is based on approximately 700 juvenile offenders being housed or supervised on parole at the county level, growing to approximately 1,300 by 2010-11.

The 2007-2008 California state budget also includes $100 million in lease-revenue bonds to finance the acquisition, design, renovation, or construction of local juvenile facilities in order to ensure that local governments have adequate capacity and program space to house and serve juvenile offenders. Counties will have the opportunity to apply for these funds after putting together comprehensive infrastructure plans that address programming and housing needs of juvenile offenders.

See below list for block grants to specific jurisdictions.

Alameda                                               $730,128

Alpine                                                       58,500

Amador                                                    58,500

Butte                                                       119,232

Calaveras                                                  58,500

Colusa                                                       58,500

Contra Costa                                           443,277

Del Norte                                                  58,500

El Dorado                                                  94,387

Fresno                                                     689,807

Glenn                                                         58,500

Humboldt                                                   58,851

Imperial                                                      74,364

Inyo                                                           58,500

Kern                                                        849,966

Kings                                                         96,499

Lake                                                          58,500

Lassen                                                       58,500

Los Angeles                                          5,460,396

Madera                                                    101,441

Marin                                                       103,118

Mariposa                                                    58,500

Mendocino                                                 58,500

Merced                                                    236,877

Modoc                                                      58,500

Mono                                                        58,500

Monterey                                                 185,697

Napa                                                         92,250

Nevada                                                     58,500

Orange                                                 1,539,093

Placer                                                      147,000

Plumas                                                       58,500

Riverside                                               1,814,310

Sacramento                                           1,103,062

San Benito                                                 58,500

San Bernardino                                     1,648,906

San Diego                                             1,434,647

San Francisco                                          287,150

San Joaquin                                             602,322

San Luis Obispo                                      100,274

San Mateo                                               363,742

Santa Barbara                                          259,089

Santa Clara                                              790,663

Santa Cruz                                                 94,752

Shasta                                                        90,595

Sierra                                                         58,500

Siskiyou                                                     58,500

Solano                                                      409,064

Sonoma                                                    261,015

Stanislaus                                                  278,735

Sutter                                                         58,568

Tehama                                                      58,500

Trinity                                                         58,500

Tulare                                                       260,455

Tuolumne                                                    58,500

Ventura                                                     389,123

Yolo                                                          102,919

Yuba                                                           58,500

Total                                                   $22,658,771