Program Overview and Purpose
As part of the Budget Act of 2014, the Legislature allocated $15 million from the Recidivism Reduction Fund (RRF) for a competitive grant program to be administered by the Judicial Council of California. The funds are designated for courts to use in the administration and operation of programs and practices known to reduce 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. Because these funds are specifically designated for court programs, judicial leadership is critical for all funded programs.
These funds are available to trial courts for the establishment or ongoing operation and staffing of the following three categories of programs known to reduce adult recidivism and enhance public safety:
Adult criminal collaborative courts that serve moderate and high-risk offenders,
Pretrial programs, and
Court use of validated risk and needs assessment information.
Courts may apply for grants for more than one program. Courts must submit a separate application for each program sought to be funded, and each application must be for either a planning/implementation grant or an enhancement grant.
Grant Period: April 1, 2015 – April 30, 2017
Typical Grant Awards: $300,000 – $600,000
Notice of Intent to Apply: October 8, 2014
RFP Proposals due: December 15, 2014
Recidivism Reduction Fund Court Grant Program Documents: