Organized Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Grant Program
Funding is available to California District Attorneys for the purpose of addressing increased levels of retail theft property crimes by using a vertical prosecution model.
The State Budget Act of 2022 (Assembly Bill 178, Chapter 45, Statutes of 2022) established the Organized Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Grant Program. Funding is available to California District Attorneys for the purpose of addressing increased levels of retail theft property crimes by using a vertical prosecution model.
Organized Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Grant Program proposals must be received by 5:00 P.M. (PST) on Friday, July 7, 2023.
Applications for the Organized Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Grant Program must be submitted through the BSCC-Submittable Application portal. The BSCC-Submittable Application portal, Organized Retail Theft Vertical Prosecution Grant Program Application, and all required attachments are available on the BSCC website.
Prospective applicants are invited to attend a virtual Bidders’ Conference. Attendance at the virtual Bidders’ Conference is not a requirement. The purpose of this Bidders’ Conference is to answer technical questions from prospective bidders (applicants) and provide clarity on RFP instructions. The Bidders Conference will be held on May 10, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81383424652?pwd=NGpBWFozZDlESDl6VWdwTmNncDRwUT09• Meeting ID: 813 8342 4652 | Passcode: 922726
Prospective applicants are asked (but not required) to submit a non-binding letter indicating their intent to apply.
For the purposes of this RFP, vertical prosecution means a prosecutor is assigned to an organized retail theft case from beginning to end (e.g., initial hearing/arrangement to sentencing). Under this model, the victim(s), witness(es), and impacted law enforcement official(s) have a single point of contact throughout the process.
Eligible applicants are California District Attorneys. Applications must be submitted by the Board of Supervisors or the Chief County Administrative Officer.
Per AB 178, grant fund must be used to employ a vertical prosecution model, and to dedicate at least one deputy district attorney and one district attorney investigator whose primary role is the investigation and prosecution of organized retail theft crimes. In addition, applicants will be required to provide the following data to the BSCC:• Annual data on the number of organized retail theft cases filed by that county,• Number of organized retail theft convictions obtained, and the sentences imposed for those convicted of organized retail theft in that county.• Number of instances where vertical prosecution was used to obtain those convictions and the sentences imposed.• Number of theft-related property crimes that were charged overall in the jurisdiction that did not use the vertical prosecution model and the resulting number of convictions.
Proposals selected for funding will be under agreement from October 1, 2023 to June 1, 2027 with the BSCC. The grant agreement service period covers October 1, 2023 and ends on December 31, 2026. However, an additional six (6) months (January 1, 2027, to June 30, 2027) will be included in the term of the grant agreement for the sole purposes of finalizing and submitting a required Local Evaluation Report and finalizing and submitting a required financial audit.
- Public Agency
Eligible applicants are California District Attorneys.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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