FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Sheriff’s Office is in line to receive more than $23 million in state money to help build classroom and vocational spaces for offender rehabilitation.
Sheriff Thomas Ferrara received notification from the Board of State and Community Corrections that the county’s proposed project will be recommended to receive a conditional funding award for the full project costs, the Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday in a news release.
The corrections board sent out a request for proposals in July under Senate Bill 1022 for the upgrading of local jails to include rehabilitative program space to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison and public safety realignment goals. To that end, $500 million in state money was made available to provide funding for which counties could compete through the proposal process.
The Solano County proposal was submitted in October.
Of the state’s 58 counties, 36 submitted requests for funding under SB 1022. Of those, 15 were notified Friday that they have been selected to receive conditional financing awards.
Solano County was eligible for up to $40 million under the program, but the county determined that $23 million would be enough to fully fund the proposed upgrades.
Ferrara said in the release that this was a very competitive process and the Solano County team presented an outstanding proposal both in writing and during their oral presentation to the Board of State and Community Corrections earlier this month. He said the result of the proposal is a direct result of the department’s strong partnerships formed among various departments within Solano County and the Community Corrections Partnership.
According to the release, Realignment/Assembly Bill 109 seeks to improve rehabilitation results by keeping offenders close to families and support systems. It includes constitutionally guaranteed state funding for proven programs that support offenders’ successful transition back into the community.
The recommendations are expected to be voted on at the Jan. 16, 2014, meeting of the Board of State and Community Corrections for final approval.
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