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February 17, 2000 - The state's prisons now hold far more mentally ill offenders than its state mental hospitals. Additionally, an increasing number of inmates with severe mental disorders are being released to the community to an inadequate patchwork of supervision, treatment services, and assistance. We discuss several initiatives in the Governor's budget plan aimed at keeping the mentally ill out of the criminal justice system and suggest a more comprehensive approach for addressing these complex problems.
October 23, 1999 - (1) Although the growth in the prison population has slowed in recent years, the second- and third-strike population continues to grow substantially. This growth will have implications for the costs, operation, and security needs of the prison system. (2) Strong current revenue trends suggest that revenues in 1999-00 will exceed the budget estimate, potentially by a substantial margin.. (Cal Update)
February 16, 1999 - Youth Authority Fees Charged to Counties
February 16, 1999 - Sex Offenders on Parole
February 18, 1998 - Trial Court Funding Restructuring
February 18, 1998 - The Backlog of Death Penalty Appeals: An Update
February 18, 1998 - Reforming California’s Adult Parole System
February 18, 1998 - Increasing the Role of the Federal Government In California Law Enforcement
October 14, 1997 - Summary of preliminary results of the "Three Strikes and You're Out" Law
September 1, 1997 - Since 1995, the state of California has been at odds with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) over special education services for eligible inmates in state prisons. The dispute has threatened receipt of federal funds for special education programs in California's public schools as we indicated in our Analysis of the 1997-98 Budget Bill (see page D-89). Despite the recent approval of changes in federal law by the Congress and the President, which Californians believed would resolve the state-federal conflict, the USDE continues to assert that California is out of compliance. This could place more than $300 million in federal funds for special education in California's public schools at risk.