Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CDCR requesting applications for third round of Innovative Programming Grants

Grants meant to expand rehabilitative programs in California Prisons

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is requesting applications for a third round of Innovative Programming Grants intended to expand current offender programs and increase volunteerism in prisons. 

As with the first two rounds of grants, this year’s funding is available on a one-time basis to nonprofit organizations currently offering successful programs in California prisons that focus on offender responsibility and restorative justice principles.  The purpose of the funding is to provide eligible applicants with the resources necessary to replicate the successful programs at prison locations that are underserved by volunteers and nonprofit organizations.

Over the past two years, a total of $5.5 million in grant monies was awarded to fund 74 new programs at 20 different CDCR institutions.  This year’s funding will consist of $3 million to be awarded over a three-year period to fund innovative grant program services  at targeted institutions; and $5.5 million awarded for a one-year period to programs that have proven successful in serving inmates who are serving long-term or life-term sentences.

An official Request for Applications can be found at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/OEA/docs/RFA-Round-Three-Innovative-Programming-Grants.pdf and at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/OEA/docs/RFA-Long-Term-Inmate-Programming-Grants.pdf.   Notice of intent to apply is due by September 26, 2016, with the final grant application due October 28, 2016. 

For questions, please contact Jill Brown, CDCR Grant Program Coordinator at (916) 327-6389 or at jill.brown@cdcr.ca.gov.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Report: California’s Return-to-Prison Rate Falls for the Fifth Straight Year to 44.6 percent

New Report: California’s Return-to-Prison Rate Falls
for the Fifth Straight Year to 44.6 percent
Report shows substance abuse treatment is a major factor in reducing recidivism

SACRAMENTO – The rate at which offenders return to state prison continues to fall, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). CDCR released its latest annual recidivism report today and it shows the total three-year return-to-prison rate for all offenders released during fiscal year 2010-2011 is 44.6 percent, down from 54.3 percent last year.

“Most offenders sent to prison are eventually released, and so rehabilitation is in everyone’s best interest – our staff, the inmates and the community at large,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “The latest recidivism rate shows that we’re helping more inmates learn how to live a law-abiding, productive life.”

The rate at which people return to prison has consistently trended downward since fiscal year 2005-2006 when the rate was 67.5 percent. For the first time, more people released in one year stayed out of prison than returned.

CDCR also examines the return-to-prison rates of offenders who received in-prison substance abuse treatment and community-based substance abuse treatment programs. Offenders who received both in-prison substance abuse treatment and completed post-release aftercare had a 15.3 percent return-to-prison rate, the lowest of all people released in fiscal year 2010-2011.

CDCR tracks the 95,690 people who were released from state prison after serving their sentence between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, for three years. Not only are their one-, two- and three-year return-to-prison rates analyzed, offender demographics and characteristics including age, gender, ethnicity, length of sentence, type of offense, county of commitment, prior incarcerations, mental health status and risk for a reconviction are also examined.

The implementation of Public Safety Realignment in 2011 continues to have an impact on the state’s return-to-prison rate. Under Realignment, no offenders were released early. Effective October 1, 2011, offenders arrested on a parole violation or convicted of non-violent, non-serious, non-registrable sex offense felonies serve their sentences under county supervision instead of in state prison. Although all the offenders in the fiscal year 2010-2011 cohort were released before the passage of Assembly Bill 109, the law was in effect for varying amounts of time during their three-year follow-up period and contributed to the decline in the number of people returning to prison for parole violations.

CDCR studies recidivism by tracking arrests, convictions and returns to prison and uses returns to prison as its primary measure. An offender is counted as a recidivist if he or she has returned to state prison for a new crime or for a parole violation within a three-year period. This approach is consistent with previous reports so policymakers and researchers have year-to-year comparisons.

The latest Outcome Evaluation Report is published annually by CDCR’s Office of Research, which provides research, data analysis and evaluation to implement and assess evidence-based programs and practices, strengthen policy, inform management decisions and ensure accountability. The office has reported the rates at which adult offenders return to prison following release from state prison since 1977.

For media inquiries concerning California's return-to-prison rate report, please contact Terry Thornton and for more information about the CDCR, please contact Albert Rivas
at (916) 445-4950.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month

Join the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and other agencies for the 11th annual California Day of Preparedness​ event in historic Old Sacramento.
The free public event is designed to encourage families to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and in the community. A disaster can strike at any time without warning. Cal OES encourages all Californians to be prepared when an emergency occurs.

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Cal OES will kick-off National Preparedness Month by hosting the 11th annual California Day of Preparedness​ event in historic Old Sacramento. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1124 2nd Street, Sacramento.
California is prone to many disasters and all Californians should have a disaster plan and be ready to survive the Wild West. The emergency preparedness event will include the following preparedness features:
Family disaster readiness information and resources
CDCR K-9 demonstrations
CDCR Crisis Response Teams

Learn how to create the perfect prep kit

Participate in a mobile 8.0 earthquake simulator

Helicopter fire attack

Swift water rescue
Search and rescue dog exercises
Enjoy music and mobile food trucks
10 Ways to Be Prepared: Cal OES has tips, tricks, brochures and videos to help you learn what you can do around your home to ensure that you are ready for anything.
Cal OES is delegated by the Governor to support and enhance all phases of emergency management which include Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation. Learn how you can Survive the Wild West www.caloes.ca.gov/caprepday #CAPrepDay
Visit the 10 Ways to Be Prepared​​ and get ready with us!
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10 Maneras de Estar Preparados​​​ y prep├írate con nosotros!​​​
For additional information about CDCR, please call Albert Rivas in the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950 or email Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov

Monday, August 8, 2016

Seven More California Prisons Accredited with the American Correctional Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Contact: Terry Thornton
August 8, 2016                                                                                                    (916) 445-4950

Seven More California Prisons Accredited with the
American Correctional Association
With 30 California prisons now accredited, CDCR on track to have
all adult institutions accredited by 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections accredited seven more California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons, bringing the total number of accredited state prisons to 30. The most recent round of accreditations was announced yesterday during the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 146th Congress of Corrections in Boston.

“Our success with accreditation is proof of the progress CDCR is making in improving our prison system,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “We started this ACA process six years ago at a time when there were still too many inmates in our prisons and too few resources to rehabilitate them. ACA accreditation demonstrates our efforts to reform and improve California’s correctional system are working well.”

Institutions seeking accreditation must undergo intensive evaluations by the ACA that culminate in the accreditation audit, a comprehensive assessment that encompasses every area of prison management including administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, the physical plant, safety and emergency procedures, conditions of confinement, rules and discipline, inmate programs, health care, food service, sanitation, and the provision of basic services affecting the life, safety and health of inmates and staff.

Institutions seeking accreditation have to comply with 525 ACA standards and score 100 percent for 62 mandatory requirements and at least 90 percent on 463 non-mandatory requirements. Half of the mandatory standards address health care.

California Correctional Center, California Institution for Men, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, Calipatria State Prison, Pleasant Valley State Prison, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility and Valley State Prison met all of the mandatory requirements and considerably surpassed the 90 percent mark for non-mandatory items.

In addition, Correctional Training Facility, High Desert State Prison, Mule Creek State Prison, North Kern State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison – accredited in 2013 – were re-accredited for three more years.

For the non-mandatory requirements, California Correctional Center received a score of 98.3 percent, California Institution for Men received 98.0 percent, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran received 99.1 percent, Calipatria State Prison received 98.8 percent, Pleasant Valley State Prison received 99.3 percent, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility received 97.7 percent and Valley State Prison received 99.3 percent.

California City Correctional Facility, California Correctional Institution, California Health Care Facility, California Rehabilitation Center and Deuel Vocational Institution have started the process of seeking accreditation in 2017. In addition, the eight institutions accredited in 2014 will seek reaccreditation.

Founded in 1870, the ACA is the leading internationally recognized authority on corrections and its role in the criminal justice system and in society. It develops standards based on valid, reliable research designed to improve correctional facilities on all levels. The ACA facilitates the accreditation process and its Commission on Accreditation for Corrections certifies prisons. ACA standards have been integrated in more than 1,300 facilities and agencies around the world.

CDCR began the process of seeking nationally recognized accreditation from the ACA in 2010. CDCR is slated to accomplish its goal of having all of its 34 state-owned institutions and one leased prison accredited by next year.

CDCR’s Special Review Unit in the Office of Audits and Court Compliance provides departmental oversight and works with its Division of Health Care Services in the accreditation process.

For more about CDCR, visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/

For more about the American Correctional Association, visit http://www.aca.org/