Thursday, September 18, 2008

CSA Board Moves Forward to Authorize County Jail Funds and Approve Local Reentry Sites

BERKELEY - Today the Board of the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) moved forward with the process for distributing $750 million in state funds to relieve overcrowding in local jails, and to advance sites for the construction of secure community reentry facilities, as authorized by AB 900. The Board’s decisions as to which counties should move forward in the competitive process were primarily based on whether counties submitted viable reentry facility sites.

“The Board’s decisions today aim to further the intent of AB 900 by reducing overcrowding in county jails and ensuring that funds are directed toward counties who have identified sites for reentry facilities,” said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary and CSA Board Chair Matthew Cate. “There are some counties who have worked diligently with the state to identify reentry sites but were unable to do so. It is my hope that these counties will continue to work with the state so that they may be eligible to receive jail funds and reentry facilities in the second phase of AB 900 funding.”

Staff from CDCR’s Division of Facilities Planning, Construction, and Management provided testimony on the viability of the reentry facility sites presented by the first 12 counties who received the original tentative awards issued on May 8, 2008. In response, the CSA Board took the following actions to amend those original conditional awards based on CDCR’s reentry site evaluations:

Counties that received conditional awards will move on to the next phase of evaluation. This phase is a precursor to going to the State Public Works Board.

Counties that did not provide viable sites for reentry facilities within the timeframe specified by CSA had their conditional awards denied for Phase I AB 900 jail bond funding. After these were removed from consideration, the CSA Board voted to issue tentative conditional awards to the following counties using the newly available funds:

The remaining counties have up to 90 days to enter into a siting agreement and to obtain the necessary city and county resolutions to compete for any funds that may become available in the future.

Sept. 18 Meeting:
County & City Reentry Resolutions :
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