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How much does the state spend on criminal justice and court programs?

Judicial and Criminal Justice Budget Summary

General Fund (Dollars in Millions)

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Change From 2017-18

Amount

Percent

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

$10,675

$11,603

$11,874

$271

2.3%

Judicial branch

1,702

1,748

1,909

161

9.2

Department of Justice

219

238

282

44

18.6

Board of State and Community Corrections

108

67

181

114

169.1

Other departmentsa

78

71

98

27

37.6

Totals, All Departments

$12,782

$13,727

$14,344

$616

4.5%

aIncludes Office of the Inspector General, Commission on Judicial Performance, Victim Compensation Board, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, State Public Defender, funds provided for trial court security, and debt service on general obligation bonds.

Detail may not total due to rounding.

  • The 2018-19 budget includes $14.3 billion from the General Fund for judicial and criminal justice programs, an increase of about 5 percent above the 2017-18 expenditure level.

  • Of this funding, $11.9 billion (83 percent) supports the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

  • For more information on the state budget, please see the LAO’s State Spending Plan. For information on projected expenditures for state programs, please see the LAO’s Fiscal Outlook publication.


Last Updated: January 2019