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January 13, 2023 - On January 10, 2023, Governor Newsom presented his proposed state budget to the Legislature. In this report, we provide a brief summary of the proposed budget based on our initial review. In the coming weeks, we will analyze the plan in more detail and release several additional budget analyses.
January 6, 2023 - As required by Chapter 723 of 2021 (SB 211, Umberg), this report presents our assessment of the California State Bar’s proposed (1) caseload processing standards for resolving attorney discipline cases within its Office of Chief Trial Counsel, (2) establishment of a backlog goal and metrics to measure such a goal, and (3) staffing requirements needed to achieve the new standards.
January 5, 2023 - In this report, we (1) provide background on California’s parole hearing process, (2) identify current aspects of the process that could disadvantage certain groups, and (3) recommend steps to promote greater equity in the parole hearing process.
September 29, 2022 - Each year, our office publishes California Spending Plan, a series of publications that summarize the annual state budget. The Overview of the California Spending Plan is presented here along with short online posts that focus on major areas and features of the 2022-23 budget package. As more of these posts become available, we will add them below.
September 26, 2022 - The 2022-23 budget provides $18.7 billion from the General Fund for judicial and criminal justice programs, including support for program operations and capital outlay projects. This is an increase of $852 million, or 5 percent, above the revised 2021-22 spending level.
September 22, 2022 - This report provides background on the provision of indigent defense in California, discusses existing indigent defense service levels, and makes recommendations to improve the state's oversight of indigent defense.
August 10, 2022 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization Senate Committee on Governmental Organization
March 2, 2022 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 5 on Public Safety, Judiciary, Labor and Transportation
February 9, 2022 - This publication provides our assessment and recommendations on the Governor’s 2022-23 budget proposal for the Office of the Inspector General to independently monitor a new process for handling inmate and parolee allegations of staff misconduct.
January 31, 2022 - This post provides our analysis of the Governor’s proposals for the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to implement a required peace officer decertification program and a proposed law enforcement officer wellness program.
January 27, 2022 - This publication provides our analysis of the Governor's 2022-23 budget proposal to provide $100 million one-time General Fund for a County Operated Juvenile Facility Grant Program.