Thursday, November 3, 2011

Corrections Standards Authority Invites 25 Counties to Apply for Phase II Jail Construction Funding

Almost $603 million available from state for counties to expand jail-bed space

SACRAMENTO – The Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) announced today that it has invited 25 counties to submit applications for Phase II funding for construction or expansion of county jails. The counties were selected based on criteria in the request for applications.

"We are pleased with the response we have received from county officials interested in Phase II funding,” said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Matthew Cate who is also the Chair of the CSA. "While 25 counties were invited to apply, any interested county will be allowed to submit an application up until January 11, 2012."

Following the approval by the CSA Board for the request for applications on October 6, 35 counties contacted CSA expressing interest in applying for a total of $602,881,000 to construct jail facilities.

The following is a list of counties by size and rank:

Large counties (more than 700,000 residents) invited to apply were Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, Kern, Sacramento, Santa Clara and Fresno.

Medium counties invited to apply were San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Yolo, Sonoma and Placer.

Small counties (less than 200,000 residents) invited to apply were Kings, Shasta, Sutter, Madera, Imperial, Napa, Amador, San Benito, Siskiyou and Tuolumne.

Factors used to select the 25 counties included each county’s standing within the legislated preferences of: 1) counties that committed the largest percentage of inmates to state custody in 2010; and 2) counties that chose to relinquish their Phase I award and reapply in Phase II (for a lower matching requirement).

Final awards will be announced by March 2012.

The funding will be provided through lease revenue bonds approved by Assembly Bill 900, also known as the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007.

CSA has already awarded $617 million to 11 counties under Phase I to add more than 5,000 county jail beds statewide. Projects under construction include Calaveras County’s 240-bed project; a 1,368 jail bed expansion in San Bernardino County; and 144 jail beds in Madera County. Projects in other counties are in the planning stages.

AB 900 provides $7.7 billion to add up to 53,000 prison and jail beds. The legislation provides funding for treatment and rehabilitation beds and for the reduction of prison overcrowding. Of that $7.7 billion, AB 900 provides $1.2 billion to add jail beds to reduce overcrowding in county jails. Each county is required to provide a percentage of matching funds.

Corrections Standards Authority Jail Financing Website (and Phase II RFA links): http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CSA/CFC/AB900_Program.html

List of Counties Invited to Apply for Phase II Awards:

Corrections Standard Authority Phase I Conditional Awards: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/CSA/CFC/Docs/AB_900_Phase_I_Funding_111909.pdf

Corrections Standard Authority:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2011
Contact: Paul Verke
(916) 445-4950