California Legislation: SB 593 & AB 1837 (Veto Message)

Published Thursday, October 2, 2014 | by State of California

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This week Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown approved Assembly Bill 1837, enacting the Social Innovation Financing Program to be administered by the California Board of State and Community Corrections.  AB 1837 authorizes the Board to award grants between $500,000 and $2,000,000 to 3 counties for the use of entering into a pay for success contract, for the purpose of financing recidivism reduction programs.  While recidivism reduction is the focus of AB 1837, the bill acknowledges that interventions addressing homelessness, substance abuse, and unemployment have also been shown to have an impact in reducing recidivism rates. This came after the Governor vetoed Senate Bill 593. This Bill would have launched the Social Impact Partnership Pilot Project, requiring the Office of Planning and Research to run yearly competitions for PFS proposals, which would then be submitted to the Legislature‚Äôs budget. For more information, see the attached Fact Sheet.