Thursday, February 28, 2008

CDCR Establishes Public-Private Partnership Strategy to Help Deliver Needed Reentry Facilities in California

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) to site both Male and Female Secure Community Reentry Facilities. The advertisements, released Friday, are further indication of CDCR progress in implementing requirements set forth by the Legislature in AB 900, the comprehensive prison reform package signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on May 3, 2007.

Both of these advertisements and the follow-up Request for Proposals (RFPs) will result in the ability for CDCR to partner with private developers and public agencies to deliver community facilities throughout the state aimed at improving rehabilitation outcomes for California's inmate population.

In response to the Female Reentry Center RFI CDCR has already received submissions from 12 developers for a total of 60 sites statewide, including 19 buildings proposed for renovation and 41 vacant lots that will require construction. The demographics for the female inmate population show that there are over 3,250 eligible participants, a number well in excess of the total potential number of beds proposed by the respondents. A RFP is being developed to establish the design and operational requirements for these facilities and will be issued by April, 2008 with awards proposed concurrent with the Governor's 2008/09 Budget, which establishes funding for these projects.

"We are aggressively seeking information from private and public entities, and weighing interest and readiness to site, design and construct Secure Community Reentry Facilities," said CDCR Chief Deputy Secretary of Facility Planning, Construction and Management, Deborah Hysen. "Planning and design of these facilities has been underway for months to ensure these facilities accomplish program objectives and to ensure the proposed designs are compatible with a typical urban landscape."

CDCR has selected Gensler Design, the world's largest design and planning firm, to work with CDCR and local governments that wish to locate these reentry facilities in their communities. Gensler has partnered with a number of real estate consulting firms through a joint venture to work closely with the Department, local government, private land owners, and developers to realize the benefits of private-public partnerships as an effective delivery method for major public works projects.

Each Secure Community Reentry Facility is estimated to require as little as three to five acres and as much as 12-15 acres to provide up to 500 beds. Responses are due back in April with a Request for Proposal to be issued shortly thereafter. These facilities are to be funded with AB 900 funds.

For additional information on Reentry, visit: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Secure_Reentry_Facilities_RFI.html

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