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Overview of the Restitution Fund

February 24, 2009 - Presented to: Senate Public Safety Committee


2009-10 Budget Analysis Series: Judicial and Criminal Justice

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.


Webcast: 2009-10 Budget Analysis Series, Criminal Justice Realignment

January 27, 2009 - Legislative Analyst Director of Criminal Justice, Anthony Simbol, discusses the fourth report in the LAO’s 2009-10 Budget Analysis Series, titled Criminal Justice Realignment


2009-10 Budget Analysis Series: Criminal Justice Realignment

January 27, 2009 - The Governor’s 2009-10 budget plan contains a proposal to shift some funding for some criminal justice programs from the state to the local level. We recommend that the Legislature expand upon this concept, and implement a policy-driven realignment of nearly $1.4 billion of state responsibilities to counties along with resources to pay for them. In particular, we propose that the state shift to counties programs for juvenile offenders and adults convicted of drug possession crimes. Under our realignment concept, counties would have broad authority to manage juvenile and drug–addicted adult offenders programs to achieve success. We recommend that the Legislature finance this criminal justice realignment by increasing the vehicle license fee (VLF) rate to 1 percent (which results in a revenue gain of $1.1 billion) and redirecting $359 million of existing VLF revenues. Under this financing approach, realignment would serve as a nearly $1.4 billion ongoing General Fund budget solution.


LAO Recommended Legislation

December 1, 2008 - The role of the Legislative Analyst's Office is to review state programs and make recommendations to the Legislature as to how the state can operate more effectively and efficiently. This report summarizes various changes to law that we have recommended in recent years. Recommendations in this report include, among many others: (a) Simplify and Consolidate K-12 General Purpose Funding, (b) Promote the Adoption of Health Information Technology in California, (c) Fund Inmate Education Programs Based on Actual Attendance, and (d) Increase and Index the State Gas Tax.

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Proposition 6: Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws: Safe Neighborhoods Act

September 25, 2008 - Presented to: Senate Public Safety Committee Hon. Gloria Romero, Chair Assembly Public Safety Committee Hon. Jose Solorio, Chair

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Proposition 5: Nonviolent Drug Offenses. Sentencing. Parole and Rehabilitation. Initiative Statute.

September 23, 2008 - Presented to: Senate Public Safety Committee, Hon. Gloria Romero, Chair and Assembly Public Safety Committee, Hon. Jose Solorio, Chair

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Proposition 9: Victim's Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's Law

September 23, 2008 - Presented to the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees

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LAO Compromise: Proposals to Reduce Inmate and Parole Populations

June 13, 2008 - LAO compromise for Item 5225-001-0001, 5225-002-0001, and 5225-101-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (pages 304-312, 323-324).

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Informational: Reentry Facilities Program Study and Acquisition

June 13, 2008 - Item 5225-301-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (page 330).

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Informational: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Local Government Financing

June 13, 2008 - Item 5225-101-0001, 9210-101-0001, 9210-105-0001, 9210-607-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (pages 328, 423-425)

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Informational: Mental Health Staffing Study

June 13, 2008 - Item 5225-002-0001 and 4440-011-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (pages 285, 325).

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LAO Compromise: Proposals for Restitution Fund Expenditures

June 13, 2008 - LAO Compromise on Executive and Legislative Proposals for Restitution Fund Expenditures.

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LAO Compromise: General Fund Reductions to the Judicial Branch

June 12, 2008 - LAO compromise for Item 0250 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee.

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Prison and Parole Population Management Options

March 13, 2008 - Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4

Criminal Justice Staff

Anita Lee
(916) 319-8321
Courts, Department of Justice, Gambling
Caitlin O'Neil
(916) 319-8351
State Prisons, County Jails, Sentencing
Jessica Peters
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Emergency Services and Business Regulation
Orlando Sanchez Zavala
(916) 319-8307
Correctional Health Care, Rehabilitation Programs, Juvenile Justice, Community Corrections
Drew Soderborg
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Deputy Legislative Analyst: Public Safety and Business Regulation