Report 2019-116 All Recommendation Responses

Report 2019-116: Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Weak Oversight Has Hindered Its Meaningful Implementation (Release Date: May 2020)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure that counties adequately identify how they serve at-risk youth, the Legislature should require counties to define at-risk youth—including identifying specific risk factors—in their comprehensive plans.

Description of Legislative Action

As of July 12, 2020, the Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure that counties comply with juvenile justice planning requirements to serve both juvenile offenders and at-risk youth, the Legislature should require Community Corrections to review counties' annual comprehensive plans to ensure that they include an adequate county-specific definition of at-risk youth.

Description of Legislative Action

As of July 12, 2020, the Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

The Legislature should direct Community Corrections to monitor counties' year-end reports to ensure that they include meaningful descriptions or analyses of how their JJCPA-funded programs may have contributed to or influenced countywide juvenile justice trends, as required by state law.

Description of Legislative Action

The Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation. However, AB 1007 (Jones-Sawyer) was substantially amended on June 29, 2020, to include provision that would require Community Corrections' annual report to provide a statewide analysis of county spending on programs and strategies that have been funded, including a quantitative and qualitative description of the total population of youth served in the preceding fiscal year, disaggregated by race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, residence ZIP Code, and charges or activities warranting intervention.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation #4 To: Mendocino County Probation Department

To ensure that its Coordinating Council meets statutory requirements and is transparent to stakeholders, Mendocino should reinstate its Coordinating Council and develop and implement bylaws for its Coordinating Council.

60-Day Agency Response

Mendocino County has reinstated its Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (JJCC) effective March 27, 2020. The JJCC met via audio conference due to the restrictions of COVID-19. At this meeting the JJCC reviewed and approved the following items: JJCC Bylaws, Annual Budget, and Updated Comprehensive Multi-Agency Juvenile Justice Plan (CMJJP). The JJCC unanimously approved these items to be presented to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to accept and/or approve the individual items. On June 23, 2020, these items were approved by the Board, including the adoption of the JJCC Bylaws. A copy of the approved bylaws is attached. Implementation was completed by Izen Locatelli, Chief Probation Office, as the Chair of the JJCC.

  • Completion Date: March 2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented


Recommendation #5 To: San Joaquin County Probation Department

To ensure that its Coordinating Council meets statutory requirements and is transparent to stakeholders, San Joaquin should develop and implement bylaws for its Coordinating Council.

60-Day Agency Response

On May 18, 2020, a Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (JJCC) meeting was held via teleconference (due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines). During the meeting, the newly created Bylaws were reviewed and approved by the JJCC.

On June 16, 2020, the JJCC Bylaws were approved and adopted by the Board of Supervisors, under order# B-20-354, 5-0.

  • Completion Date: July 2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented


Recommendation #6 To: Kern County Probation Department

To determine the effectiveness of its use of JJCPA funds, Kern should include in its year-end reports to Community Corrections descriptions or analyses of how its JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends, as required by law.

6-Month Agency Response

Probation formed a committee across the juvenile divisions (Juvenile Services and Juvenile Programs) in conjunction with the Research, Analysis & Data (RAD) Unit to develop statistical forms that more effectively capture data to compare with county-wide trend data. Effective July 1, 2020, juvenile units now must complete a General Unit Stat Sheet and a Placement Unit Stat Sheet. These forms include definitions to ensure reporting accuracy and provide the ability to identify trends that impact services including programs funded by JJCPA and YOBG. By using these stat sheets, staff will be able to compare data year-over-year, impact on county-wide trends, and better aptly serve youth. The first complete year of using the stat sheets and entering the data will be included in the reports submitted October 1, 2021 when the year-end reports are due to Community Corrections, and each year thereafter.

  • Estimated Completion Date: October 1, 2021
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

Probation formed a committee across the juvenile divisions (Juvenile Services and Juvenile Programs) in conjunction with the Research, Analysis & Data (RAD) Unit to develop statistical forms that more effectively capture data to compare with county-wide trend data. Effective July 1, 2020, juvenile units now must complete a General Unit Stat Sheet and a Placement Unit Stat Sheet (forms provided via email). These forms include definitions to ensure reporting accuracy and provide the ability to identify trends that impact services including programs funded by JJCPA and YOBG. By using these stat sheets, staff will be able to compare data year-over-year, impact on county-wide trends, and better aptly serve youth. Kern will include this information in its year-end reports due October 1st each year to Community Corrections.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 10/01/2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #7 To: Los Angeles County Probation Department

To determine the effectiveness of its use of JJCPA funds, Los Angeles should include in its year-end reports to Community Corrections descriptions or analyses of how its JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends, as required by law.

6-Month Agency Response

As a follow-up to our 60-Day response, the influence of the JJCPA funded programs on juvenile justice trends in Los Angeles County was previously documented in several evaluation reports. Additionally, Probation included information in the year-end report submitted to BSCC (October 1, 2020). Examples of information included in this report are as follows: regarding School-Based programming, a recent evaluation from Research Development Associates (RDA), completed in April 2018, included the finding that "youth receiving these services were 30-40% less likely to recidivate than the comparison group." In an analysis by the RAND Corporation focusing on Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017, youth receiving Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) were compared to those who were near misses for program participation. Youth in MST had better outcomes with respect to arrest, incarceration, completion of probation, restitution, community service and probation violation, even if not statistically significant. Similarly, an RDA evaluation of the Client Assessment Rehabilitation Evaluation (CARE) Project found that the program was highly effective in reducing negative contacts with the juvenile system and improving dispositional outcomes for Public Defender clients. These evaluation efforts provide more direct evidence that JJCPA-funded programming may be contributing to decreases in juvenile arrests that have been observed since 2017. In addition, many of the JJCPA-funded efforts are grounded in evidence-based prevention and intervention models. Therefore, although recent evaluation data are not yet available for all programs, the use of evidence-based practices further increases the likelihood that JJCPA-funded programs contributed to overall reductions in youth juvenile justice involvement. Evaluation efforts are underway for additional JJCPA-funded programs, and we will continue to include available evaluation and other descriptions/analyses in future year-end reports.

  • Completion Date: October 2020
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

The influence of the JJCPA funded programs on juvenile justice trends in Los Angeles County has previously been documented in several evaluation reports. However, in collaboration with the JJCPA evaluator, the Probation Department will develop a format that further demonstrates program impacts of JJCPA-funded programs on Los Angeles County's juvenile justice trends for the year-end report to Community Corrections due in October 2020.

  • Estimated Completion Date: October 2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #8 To: Mendocino County Probation Department

To determine the effectiveness of its use of JJCPA funds, Mendocino should include in its year-end reports to Community Corrections descriptions or analyses of how its JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends, as required by law.

6-Month Agency Response

This item was implemented in the County's year-end report that was submitted to Community Corrections on September 25, 2020. In the "Analysis of Countywide Trend Data" section, a copy of which is attached, Mendocino County provided a description of how our JJCPA-funded programs have influenced the county's juvenile justice trends. As we further implement the recommendation of collecting data on all participants and obtain more historical data our description and analysis will become more data-driven and specific. It is, however, our interpretation that we have met the requirements of this recommendation.

It should be noted that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the current and prior fiscal year, delivery of many programs were adversely impacted by reductions or cancellations of services. This is most notable for programming occurring in school settings. We anticipate the continuation of the effects of the pandemic throughout this fiscal year. We continue to work with our CBO and internal staff to evaluate and implement, when possible, alternative ways to deliver the necessary services to the youth of Mendocino County.

  • Completion Date: June 2020
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

This item will be implemented in the County's first year-end report due to Community Corrections subsequent to the issuance of the recommendations contained in the report. The person(s) responsible for implementation are the Chief Probation Officer and his staff to include, but not limited to, the Administrative Services Manager, Department Analyst, and other staff as appropriate or necessary.

  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #9 To: San Joaquin County Probation Department

To determine the effectiveness of its use of JJCPA funds, San Joaquin should include in its year-end reports to Community Corrections descriptions or analyses of how its JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends, as required by law.

6-Month Agency Response

On May 26, 2020, the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Consolidated Annual Plan of the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act and Youthful Offender Block Grant (JJCPA-YOBG) was submitted to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).

In addition to the Consolidated Annual Plan, the 2018-2019, Annual Juvenile Probation Evaluation Report, prepared by the San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op, was also submitted to the BSCC. This report consisted in the evaluation of the Probation Officers on Campus, Reconnect Day Reporting Center, and the Neighborhood Service Centers.

  • Completion Date: June 2020
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

San Joaquin provided the same response to this recommendation as its 60-day response. Nonetheless, we reviewed the year-end reports San Joaquin submitted to Community Corrections in September 2020 and found they did not include descriptions or analyses of how the county's JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends. Until it includes this information in its year-end reports, as required by law, we will continue to report this recommendation as not fully implemented.


60-Day Agency Response

On May 26, 2020, the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Consolidated Annual Plan of the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act and Youthful Offender Block Grant (JJCPA-YOBG) was submitted to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC).

In addition to the Consolidated Annual Plan, the 2018-2019, Annual Juvenile Probation Evaluation Report, prepared by the San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op, was also submitted to the BSCC. This report consisted in the evaluation of the Probation Officers on Campus, Reconnect Day Reporting Center, and the Neighborhood Service Centers.

  • Completion Date: June 2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

The probation department provided us with the fiscal year 2020-21 Consolidated Annual Plan and the 2018-19 evaluation report. However, we recommended that the county include in its year-end reports to Community Corrections descriptions or analyses of how its JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends, as required by law. Because year-end reports are not due to Community Corrections until October 2020, we have assessed the status of this recommendation as pending.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

Recommendation #10 To: Santa Barbara County Probation Department

To determine the effectiveness of its use of JJCPA funds, Santa Barbara should include in its year-end reports to Community Corrections descriptions or analyses of how its JJCPA-funded programs influenced its juvenile justice trends, as required by law.

6-Month Agency Response

The 2019-20 year-end report to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) was submitted September 22, 2020. The Probation Department included trend analysis informed by locally available juvenile justice data, as well as analysis based on internal Department caseload data and risk and needs assessment.

For FY 2020-21, the Department included robust performance measures in the service contracts for each juvenile provider, which include a set of measures standardized across all programs, as well as a set of program-specific measures tailored to the services each provider is contracted to perform. This will provide more comprehensive enrollment and performance outcome data, and will allow the Department to provide stronger analysis over time of the nexus between funded programs and local juvenile justice trends, as well as recidivism rates for youth served specifically by these funds.

  • Completion Date: October 2020
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

The 2019-20 year-end report to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) will be due for submittal in October, 2020. The Probation Department will include trend analysis informed by locally available juvenile justice data, as well as analysis based on internal Department caseload data, risk and needs assessment, and recidivism information.

In FY 2019-20, the Department introduced very basic performance measures, to help providers understand the concepts of program evaluation and begin the transition to more comprehensive evaluation measures. In FY 2020-21, the Department has included robust performance measures in the service contracts for each juvenile provider, which include a set of measures standardized across all programs, as well as a set of program-specific measures tailored to the services each provider is contracted to perform. This will provide more comprehensive performance outcome data, and will allow the Department to provide stronger analysis over time of the nexus between funded programs and local juvenile justice trends.

  • Estimated Completion Date: January 2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #11 To: Los Angeles County Probation Department

To adequately assess the effectiveness of its programs at reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, Los Angeles should collect data on all participants in each JJCPA program and for each service it provides.

6-Month Agency Response

As a follow-up to our 60-Day response, the County of Los Angeles has available data for JJCPA (Base) funded programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020. Additionally, the JJCPA Evaluator is working with the County to evaluate identified programs during FY 2020-2021, with a plan to continue this process through the next several FYs.

  • Completion Date: October 2020
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

As referenced in its response, Los Angeles has contracted with an evaluator to, among other objectives, advise the county about data collection. Consequently, our assessment of the county's implementation of this recommendation is pending the evaluator's report on data collection and Los Angeles's ability to demonstrate that it is collecting data on all participants in each JJCPA program and for each service it provides.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

60-Day Agency Response

The County of Los Angeles is in the process of finalizing data collection on JJCPA program participants for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020); this process is targeted to be completed by October 2020 and updated information will be provided in the 6-month audit response due on November 12, 2020.

  • Estimated Completion Date: October 2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #12 To: Mendocino County Probation Department

To adequately assess the effectiveness of its programs at reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, Mendocino should collect data on all participants in each JJCPA program and for each service it provides.

60-Day Agency Response

Mendocino County is working with our Community Based Organization (CBO) partners to establish the data required for program and service participants in each program provided. We are also working with our internal staff that are, or will be, providing programming/services to develop and establish the performance criteria and data required to adequately assess the effectiveness of our programs. Several of the programs/services are a new component of our JJCPA program; therefore, we are able to develop and establish the appropriate criteria at the onset of the program/service. Some of the programs/services that are part of our JJCPA program have been delayed or otherwise impacted as a result of the COVID-19 events currently impacting the country. The Assistant Chief Probation Officer has been assigned the task of overseeing the implementation, evaluation and assessment of the various programs/services which are part of our CMJJP. We anticipate full implementation of this recommendation within 12 months; however, COVID-19 events may delay or require modification to some implementation.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 30, 2021
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #13 To: San Joaquin County Probation Department

To adequately assess the effectiveness of its programs at reducing juvenile crime and delinquency, San Joaquin should collect data on all participants in each JJCPA program and for each service it provides.

6-Month Agency Response

On June 11, 2020, the San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op provided the Probation Department with three separate Scope of Services to evaluate the Family Focused Intervention Team, the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI)-Community Based Organizations (Fathers and Families, Community Partnership for Families and Sow a Seed), and the Transitional Aged Youth Unit. The San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op will include the outcomes of these programs in next year's JJCPA-YOBG Annual Plan to the BSCC.

  • Estimated Completion Date: May 2021
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

The scope of services document San Joaquin provided us describes the work and tasks that the San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op plans to perform for the county. However, the documents do not indicate whether San Joaquin has begun collecting data on all participants in each JJCPA program and for each service it provides. According to its chief probation officer, the county will be able to demonstrate it implemented this recommendation once the San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op collects the data on all participants, as we recommended.


60-Day Agency Response

On June 11, 2020, the San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op provided the Probation Department with three separate Scope of Services to evaluate the Family Focused Intervention Team, the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI)-Community Based Organizations (Fathers and Families, Community Partnership for Families and Sow a Seed), and the Transitional Aged Youth Unit. The San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op will include the outcomes of these programs in next year's JJCPA-YOBG Annual Plan to the BSCC.

  • Estimated Completion Date: May 2021
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #14 To: Kern County Probation Department

To accurately assess the effectiveness of its programs, Kern should determine how to accurately identify in its case management system the JJCPA programs and services in which each individual participates or should enhance its system to provide this capability.

6-Month Agency Response

The current CMS system is within the county-wide Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) which is over 30 years old, with limited functionality and limited enhancement capabilities. For several years, the County has been working toward a replacement for CJIS with a CMS component with no success at this time. Kern continues to research options toward obtaining a fully competent CMS solution. In the interim, Kern has developed an application, Juvenile Data Management (JDM), to replace the current contact manager system utilized by supervision officers. This application tracks participants in the JJCPA and YOBG programs and retains historical data until a new CMS is implemented. The go-live date for JDM was October 6, 2020. In October 2020, probation staff were trained on this application and have started migrating case information over to this new application. All supervision cases need to be entered into the system by December 31, 2020.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/2020
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

The current CMS system is within the county-wide Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) which is over 30 years old with limited functionality and limited enhancement capabilities. For several years, the County has been working toward a replacement for CJIS with a CMS component with no success at this time. Kern continues to research options toward obtaining a fully competent CMS solution. In the interim, Kern is developing an application, Juvenile Data Management (JDM), to replace the current contact manager system utilized by supervision officers. This application will track participants in the JJCPA and YOBG programs and retain historical data until a new CMS is implemented. The anticipated start date for using JDM is September 1, 2020.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 09/01/2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #15 To: Los Angeles County Probation Department

To accurately assess the effectiveness of its programs, Los Angeles should determine how to accurately identify in its case management system the JJCPA programs and services in which each individual participates or should enhance its system to provide this capability.

6-Month Agency Response

As mentioned in our 60-Day response, the County of Los Angeles Probation Department's case management system is designed to track Probation youth case information only as models are designed to meet other criteria. We are in the process of seeking ways to upgrade our case management system to meet the evolving needs of data collection and evaluation.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2022
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

The County of Los Angeles Probation Department's case management system is designed to track Probation youth case information only and is not designed for non-Probation youth or all participant information as models are designed to meet other criteria. Therefore, all program participation cannot be captured in the current system as designed. We will continue to seek ways to upgrade Probation's case management system to meet the evolving needs of data collection and evaluation.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2022
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #16 To: Santa Barbara County Probation Department

To accurately assess the effectiveness of its programs, Santa Barbara should determine how to accurately identify in its case management system the JJCPA programs and services in which each individual participates or should enhance its system to provide this capability.

6-Month Agency Response

Program selection options within the Santa Barbara County Probation Department's case management system (IMPACT) now include funding identifiers for all JJCPA funded programs. Upon enrollment in a funded program, Probation Department staff update the youth's record in IMPACT by selecting the specific program name and entering the enrollment date. As shown in figures provided to the State Auditor, the program name now includes the funding source as part of the nomenclature and identifies the JJCPA funded programs and services in which each youth participates (e.g. Multidimensional Family Therapy-JJCPA). This system enhancement also includes a 'program' selection for youth receiving a Behavioral Wellness JJCPA assessment. The 'program' is opened when the assessment is requested, and closed when the completed assessment is received.

On a monthly basis, staff also receive up-to-date enrollment information from community-based organizations (i.e. providers) delivering JJCPA funded programs (figures provided to the State Auditor). As an additional QA check, Probation staff verify that each youth's file in IMPACT matches the provider's enrollment information. Inconsistencies are communicated to staff and errors are corrected.

Also on a monthly basis, staff run a data query identifying all youth active in the various JJCPA funded programs (figures provided to the State Auditor). This data is reviewed to ensure youth are showing as enrolled in the correct programs (with correct nomenclature), that totals from the query are consistent with providers' records (and vice versa), that any outdated programs are removed from the IMPACT selection options and that programs are closed once the service has ended.

  • Completion Date: October 2020
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

In June 2020, the Probation Department convened an internal workgroup to examine categories of JJCPA-funded programs and services, and determine how best to track individual youth receiving services. The workgroup identified the following changes to be made within IMPACT, the department's case management system:

1) Modify existing program selection options within IMPACT to ensure that JJCPA funded programs are automatically identified and memorialized when officers select funded community-based organization services as a 'program', and close that 'program' once the service has ended. This links the service to the youth within a specified date range. Program nomenclature will include the specific identifier "JJCPA."

2) Designate specific JJCPA-funded officer caseloads as JJCPA caseloads within IMPACT, and ensure that this designation does not change over time. Youth assigned to these caseloads will be easily identifiable as receiving supervision services funded by JJCPA.

3) Ensure a 'program' selection is available for a youth receiving a Behavioral Wellness JJCPA assessment. The 'program' would be opened when the assessment is requested, and closed when the completed assessment is received.

We anticipate these changes will be implemented by September 1, 2020. The Department's Research team will design a quality assurance (QA) schedule to ensure data is being entered according to instructions.

In addition, the Department identified data elements to be provided on an ongoing basis by the Department of Behavioral Wellness, in order to track the assessments provided by JJCPA-funded practitioners, and those data elements will be included in a forthcoming Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Departments. This MOU is anticipated to be in place by September 1, 2020.

  • Estimated Completion Date: September 2020
  • Response Date: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


Recommendation #17 To: State and Community Corrections, Board of

To ensure that counties' comprehensive plans are informative and up to date, Community Corrections should revise its comprehensive plan template to require Coordinating Councils to specify plan components their counties are changing and to describe those changes. If a county is making no changes, the template should require the Coordinating Council to explain why no changes to the plan are necessary.

60-Day Agency Response

The BSCC has updated the annual plan template to capture requested changes counties have made, and if no changes, the counties are to explain why there were no changes. The new template was used for the May 2020 collection of the annual plan.

  • Completion Date: May 2020
  • Response Date: June 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To enable Community Corrections to provide effective oversight of the required elements of the JJCPA, the Legislature should amend state law to describe a process for restricting the spending of JJCPA funding by counties that do not meet the requirements of the JJCPA. As part of that process, the State should prohibit counties that have not established Coordinating Councils from spending JJCPA funds.

Description of Legislative Action

The Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation. However, AB 1007 would provide that no less than 95 percent of the funds allocated would be distributed through an accessible and transparent solicitation process to community-based organizations and public agencies or departments that are not law enforcement agencies or departments. The bill would further prohibit funds distributed through this process from being used for law enforcement activities or personnel.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation for Legislative Action

To make JJCPA funding more stable and predictable, the Legislature should amend state law to increase the amount of guaranteed JJCPA funding the State provides to counties. If the Legislature decides to stabilize JJCPA funding, it should direct Community Corrections to evaluate the expenditure information counties submit and identify an appropriate amount of base funding. The Legislature should further direct Community Corrections to assess every five years the percentage of total JJCPA funds that growth funds represent to determine whether the base funding needs to be adjusted.

Description of Legislative Action

As of July 12, 2020, the Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: July 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


Recommendation #20 To: State and Community Corrections, Board of

To ensure that counties include accurate information in their comprehensive plans and year-end reports, Community Corrections should review the information counties submit to it and follow up with them to obtain missing information or to clarify information that seems incorrect.

60-Day Agency Response

BSCC staff developed a review process and is currently reviewing and following up as needed with county plans on missing and clarifying information.

  • Completion Date: June 2020
  • Response Date: June 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented

Community Corrections has implemented a process to track county submissions, and was able to demonstrate it followed its process for comprehensive plans that counties were recently required to submit. However, until Community Corrections can demonstrate it is performing similar reviews of year-end reports, we will report the status of this recommendation as partially implemented.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

Recommendation #21 To: State and Community Corrections, Board of

To better promote effective local efforts related to the JJCPA, Community Corrections should include on its website the capability for stakeholders, counties, and other interested parties to review and easily compare the JJCPA information of multiple counties. Specifically, its website should allow users to be able to select a specific type of JJCPA-funded program and easily review information the counties submitted for all programs associated with that program type. Community Corrections should determine the cost of providing this additional service and, if necessary, request additional resources.

6-Month Agency Response

Within existing resources, the BSCC will conduct additional analysis as part of the next report to the Legislature (due March 2021) on what counties report about the programs they fund with YOBG-JJCPA funds.

  • Estimated Completion Date: March 2021
  • Response Date: November 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

As an initial improvement, the BSCC has updated the website to provide easier access to JJCPA plans in a consolidated location. At this time, we are still in the process of determining the cost of this additional work on an ongoing basis.

  • Completion Date: June 2020
  • Response Date: June 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken

Although Community Corrections indicates that it updated its website to provide easier access to consolidated plans, we found it provides information about JJCPA on its website in the same manner as it did during our audit. Specifically, we found Community Corrections continues to post on its website the individual reports that counties submit, but does not synthesize the information in those reports in a manner that is helpful to users. Thus, we determined that Community Corrections has not taken action to implement our recommendation.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

All Recommendations in 2019-116

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.