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File #: 14-1603    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 11/20/2014 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 12/9/2014 Final action: 12/9/2014
Title: Superior Court of El Dorado County (Court) recommending the Board give authority to the Chief Probation Officer, Director of the Health and Human Services Agency, and Chief Public Defender to sign joint letters of endorsement for two applications being submitted by the Court for funding under the State Judicial Council’s Recidivism Reduction Fund competitive grant program.
Attachments: 1. A - Supervised Conditional Release Support Letter 12-9-14, 2. B - Collaborative Court Support Letter 12-9-14
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Superior Court of El Dorado County (Court) recommending the Board give authority to the Chief Probation Officer, Director of the Health and Human Services Agency, and Chief Public Defender to sign joint letters of endorsement for two applications being submitted by the Court for funding under the State Judicial Council’s Recidivism Reduction Fund competitive grant program.
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Fiscal Impact/Change to Net County Cost
Unknown. County departments will be involved with grant funded projects, but grant does not allow for recouping of County department overhead costs.

Background and Reason for Request
The Superior Court of El Dorado County (Court) requests that the County Board of Supervisors give authority to the Chief Probation Officer, Director of the Health and Human Services Agency, and Chief Public Defender to sign joint letters of endorsement for two applications being submitted by the Court for funding under the State Judicial Council’s Recidivism Reduction Fund competitive grant program. Letters of endorsement by justice system partners are required for both applications. Pursuant to Board of Supervisors Policy A-5, County departments are required to obtain formal approval from the Board of Supervisors prior to offering verbal or written endorsement for non-county grant applications. The draft endorsement letters are attached.

As part of the Budget Act of 2014, the Legislature allocated $15 million from the Recidivism Reduction Fund for a competitive grant program to be administered by the Judicial Council. The Budget Act designates the funds for courts to use in the administration and operation of programs and practices known to reduce adult offender recidivism and enhance public safety, including the use of validated risk and needs assessments, other evidence-based practices, and programs that specifically address the needs of mentally ill and drug addicted offenders.

These funds are available to the Superior Courts of California for the establi...

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