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January 20, 2010 - Presented to: Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee Hon. Hector De La Torre, Chair
November 30, 2009 - Presented to: Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration Hon. Mark DeSaulnier, Chair and Senate Public Safety Committee Hon. Mark Leno, Chair
October 28, 2009 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Public Safety
October 28, 2009 - Presented to: Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee
June 2, 2009 - Presented to Budget Conference Committee
May 29, 2009 - In this four-minute video, analyst Paul Golaszewski summarizes the LAO report Achieving Better Outcomes for Adult Probation.
May 29, 2009 -
We conclude that opportunities exist to both improve public safety and reduce state costs by better aligning the county probation and state correctional systems. We recommend that the Legislature create a new program that would provide financial incentives for county probation departments to reduce their revocations to state prison. Even if the number of probation violators sent to state prison was reduced by as little as 10 percent, state corrections operating costs would be reduced by about $60 million annually when fully implemented.
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May 14, 2009 - We examine the steps that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has taken to implement Chapter 7, Statutes of 2007 (AB 900, Solorio) which authorized a total of approximately $7.7 billion for a broad package of prison construction and rehabilitation initiatives in order to relieve the significant overcrowding problems facing state prisons. Based on our review, we identify several issues that merit legislative consideration. For example, we note that the department’s construction cost estimates for the infill bed projects reflect an almost quadrupling of costs since the last state prison was built about seven years ago. Moreover, we find that the cost to operate the infill bed and reentry facilities and pay the annual debt service for the lease-revenue bonds to construct these facilities will be significant. Based on the department’s estimates, when fully implemented, the infill bed and reentry facilities could increase General Fund costs by $1.3 billion annually.
May 5, 2009 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
March 19, 2009 - Presented to: Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
March 11, 2009 - Presented to: Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee
March 9, 2009 - Presented to Senate Public Safety Committee and Assebmly Public Safety Committee
February 24, 2009 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
February 24, 2009 - Presented to: Senate Public Safety Committee
January 30, 2009 - In this report, we identify issues and present recommendations related to the Judicial and Criminal Justice systems. These include presenting an alternative package of correctional population proposals that attempts to provide a better balance between the need to achieve budgetary savings and the goal of protecting public safety. Our alternative essentially builds upon the Governor’s proposals by modifying the direct discharge proposal and replacing it with earned discharge from parole. We also identify several issues regarding the federal court–appointed Receiver’s health care construction program that merit legislative consideration. For example, we note that the need for the 10,000 new health care beds proposed by the Receiver remains uncertain. In addition, the costs identified by the Receiver to operate the proposed new health care facilities would be significant—exceeding $1 billion annually upon full implementation.