There is no negative fiscal impact to the County General Fund associated with the approval of the recommended action. On September 29, 2015, the Board approved the appropriation modification transfer of $1,800,000 from the Public Safety Realignment AB 109 Trust Fund. These services are funded by Public Safety Realignment AB 109 Trust fund to cover the cost of these services for FY 2016 through FY 2018.
On October 1, 2015, the County Executive’s Office (CEO) released a Request-For-Proposals (RFP-CEO-FY16-0059) focusing on in-custody reentry services in the areas of education, job readiness and employment development training, family reunification and support, and health and well-being classes. However, CEO did not receive bids for education services.
On April 28, 2016, the County Executive’s Office released a Request-For-Proposals (RFP-CEO-FY16-0176) for in-custody education services. The total contract amount was $325,000.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
CEO released RFP-CEO-FY16-0059 on October 1, 2015 to solicit services for education, job readiness and employment development training, family reunification and support, and health and well-being services for custodial adults at Elmwood Correctional Facility via www.bidSync.com.
Proposals were due on October 30, 2015 and CEO did not received any proposals for education services. On April 28, 2016, CEO released another Request-For-Proposals (RFP-CEO-FY16-0176) for in-custody education services. Proposals were due on June 3, 2016 and CEO received two (2) proposals. The proposals were reviewed by an independent review panel and San Jose State University Research Foundation’s proposal was selected to provide in-custody education services at Elmwood Correctional Facility and Main Jail beginning in August 2016.
CEO’s Office of Reentry Services (ORS) and Department of Correction worked collaboratively to negotiate the scope of services, deliverables, and performance standards with the selected vendor. Department of Correction and Adult Probation Department will identify and refer individuals for in-custody education services. The target population for services will focus on inmates in minimum and medium security level housing units identify by Rehabilitation Officers.
ORS will monitor and track contract compliance, quality of services, operational capacity, number of participants enrolled in programs, and demographic information for participants. Annually, ORS will conduct program visit and financial review with vendor. ORS will provide quarterly reports to Public Safety and Justice Committee and Re-Entry Network Governance with the updates on vendor’s performance measures, successes, and challenges.
The recommended action will have a positive impact on building safer communities and stronger families by reducing crime and recidivism through proper assessment and effective program in-custody.
The recommended action could have a positive impact on senior age inmates by increasing in-custody programming and services options.
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 a reentry plan for the County. The Santa Clara County Re-Entry 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 Country contracted with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (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 strategic plan.
On September 27, 2011, the Board of Supervisors adopted the County’s Public Safety Realignment Spending Plan and the Community Correctional Partnership (CCP) Implementation Plan allocating $1 million to be distributed to community service providers for adult services. On October 23, 2012, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Five-Year Adult Reentry Strategic Plan for implementation.
CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION
Failure to approve the recommended action will affect CEO’s ability to implement the Board approved Adult Reentry Strategic Plan and to provide needed in-custody education services to custodial adults at Elmwood Correctional Facility and Main Jail.