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May 24, 2004 - The California Youth Authority is confronted with various challenges that call for a fresh examination of its facility needs: (1) an aging infrastructure with housing-related and other deficiencies; (2) demands for special facilities, as a result of state, federal, and court mandates to deliver mental health and education services to wards; and (3) facility overcapacity as a result of a significant decline in the ward population. Given these concerns, we believe that a fundamental reassessment of the department’s facilities—achieved through the development of a facilities master plan—could lead to a significant improvement in the way the department’s infrastructure needs are met.
February 18, 2004 - Despite recent oversight and administrative efforts by the Legislature and the Department of Corrections (CDC), the department's overtime expenditures are expected to remain over $230 million in the current year. In this analysis, we provide background information on this issue, then an update on the current status of overtime, and finally recommendations for controlling departmental overtime.
February 18, 2004 - The Governor has recently indicated that he plan's to withdraw the administration's budget proposal to eliminate the Office of the Inspector General. We think that eliminating the office would result in reduced oversight of California's correctional system. We recommend retaining the office, and offer suggestions for strengthening it.
February 18, 2004 - The 2003-04 Budget Act required the Department of Corrections to implement a number of parole reforms designed to reduce parolee recidivism, and save money. We find that the department is experiencing implementation delays which will reduce the savings from these reforms. To achieve greater savings, we recommend that the Legislature consider further expansion of programs designed to prevent returns to prison.
February 19, 2003 - Given the Office of Criminal Justice Planning's (OCJP's) poor performance in the administration of its programs, and the significant overlap of its mission and programs with those of other departments, we recommend that OCJP programs be shifted to other departments.
February 19, 2003 - Inmates who are being processed in the reception centers or who are unassigned to a full-time work or education program due to a shortage of slots earn less than the maximum level of work credits. We recommend enactment of legislation allowing these inmates to earn day-for-day work credit instead of the one-day-for-two-days participation they currently earn thereby saving the state $70 million while reducing the sentence of approximately 29,000 inmates by only 27 days.
February 19, 2003 - Elderly inmates are two to three times as costly to incarcerate in state prison as younger inmates. Yet, research shows they are less likely to reoffend and have greater success on parole. For these reasons, we recommend the Legislature adopt legislation requiring that nonviolent elderly inmates be released early to parole.
February 19, 2003 - The Governor's court security realignment proposal does not constitute a realignment of responsibilities and control over court security, rather, it is a funding source swap. Accordingly, we recommend that the Legislature exclude this component from the Governor's realignment proposal.
August 27, 2002 - In an effort to determine the extent to which racial disparity is a factor in traffic enforcement, many law enforcement agencies in California have begun collecting traffic-stop data. In this report, we discuss many of the issues concerning the collection and analysis of these data and recommend a number of changes for racial profiling data collection, analysis, and training in the state.
May 21, 2002 - Reducing losses due to rural crimes poses a significant challenge to policymakers and criminal justice officials. The Rural Crime Prevention program has had mixed results. Should the Legislature decide to reauthorize the program, we recommend steps to more effectively target it, and to improve data collection.
May 15, 2002 - Much of the data being reported to the Legislature and the public regarding crimes on school campuses is of questionable use for the development of effective policies for crime prevention and thus is not serving the legislative intent behind the school crime reporting system. We recommend budget bill language to correct this problem.
February 20, 2002 - The California Department of Corrections has had several consecutive years of budget deficiencies. Although some significant efforts have been made to control spending, there continue to be ongoing budget problems that will likely result in significant General Fund deficiencies in the current and budget years.
February 20, 2002 - We recommend the enactment of legislation to adjust the Youth Authority's sliding scale fees annually to account for the effects of inflation. We estimate that this would generate $9 million in savings in 2002-03.