At this time, there are no direct costs to the General Fund. Future recommendations for the project implementation will be considered through Public Safety Realignment funding.
In August 2011, the County was awarded the federal government’s Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Planning Grant in the amount of $50,000. The County contracted with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) to facilitate and develop the Fiver-Year Adult Reentry Strategic Plan. NCCD and the Strategic Planning Team met from March to July 2012 towards the development of the Plan.
Based on the approved Five-Year Adult Reentry Strategic Plan, County Executive’s Office (CEO) released a Request-For-Proposals (RFP-CEO-FY13-0301) via BidSync on April 30, 2013 to solicit education, employment, family reunification and health and well-being services for custodial and non-custodial adults that are high-risk to re-offend.
On August 13, 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved the Adult Reentry Services contracts to the following vendors to implement programs in the education, employment, family reunification, and health and well-being domain:
· Education – Milpitas Adult Education
· Employment – Catholic Charities, Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley, and InnVision Shelter Network
· Family Reunification – Community Solutions
· Health and Well-Being – Community Solutions
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
The Five-Year Adult Reentry Strategic Plan lays out the multi-prong approach to creating a seamless system of services, support, and supervision that is the mission of the Re-Entry Network. Implementation of this plan is dependent on the continued leadership and collaboration of County departments, community providers, partners, stakeholders, activists, formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.
On March 26, 2014, the Re-Entry Governance Network unanimously approved the work plan. This is an opportunity for Public Safety and Justice Committee to review the Adult Reentry Work Plan for the second year implementation and to provide direction, comment, and recommendations for further development of the work plan.
The recommended action could have a positive impact on building safer communities and stronger families by reducing crime and recidivism through proper assessment and effective programming in-custody and in the community.
The recommended action could have a positive impact on senior age inmates by ensuring better linkages between inmate/ex-offenders and the resources and benefits needed for a stable, self-sufficient, successful lifestyle.
The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.
On March 1, 2011, the Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of a cross-system reentry network to develop and implement an adult reentry plan for the County. The Santa Clara County Re-Network identifies comprehensive reentry and recidivism reduction strategies to elevate existing efforts, streamline processes in linking inmates to effective in-custody and community-based programming, identifies cost-saving methods, and prepares Santa Clara county for the realignment of parolees and low-level prisoners under AB 109.
In August 2011, the County was awarded a federal grant, Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Planning Grant, in the amount of $50,000. The County contracted with NCCD to facilitate and develop the Five-Year Adult Reentry Strategic Plan. The Re-Entry Network Governance convened and appointed 23 members to the strategic planning team. NCCD and the Strategic Planning Team met from March to July 2012 towards the development of the Plan. On October 23, 2012, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Five-Year Adult Reentry Strategic Plan for implementation.
On January 25, 2013, the County Executive’s Office launched Year 1 Implementation of the Adult Reentry Strategic Plan and established five strategic workgroups:
· Family Reunification & Support
· Health & Well-Being
From February to March 2013, ninety individuals representing County departments, community service providers, and formerly incarcerated individuals were engaged in the planning process. Members of the five strategic workgroups met four times to develop the Adult Reentry Work Plan for Year 1 implementation of the Five-Year Adult Reentry Strategic Plan.
From July 2013 to March 2014, the workgroups continued to meet on a quarterly basis to discuss the progress of the Adult Reentry Work Plan and to explore activities for Year 2 implementation.
CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION
The Adult Reentry Work Plan for Year 2 implementation will not be executed.
STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL
Upon approval by the Public Safety and Justice Committee, the Adult Reentry Work Plan will move to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.