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Assessing the Provision of Criminal Indigent Defense


The 2023-24 Budget: Office of the State Public Defender

February 15, 2023 - This post provides an overview of the Governor’s proposed budget for the Office of the State Public Defender to engage in activities to improve DEI in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of staff.


[PDF] The California State Bar: Assessment of Proposed Disciplinary Case Processing Standards

January 6, 2023 - As required by Chapter 723 of 2021 (SB 211, Umberg), this report presents our assessment of the California State Bar’s proposed (1) caseload processing standards for resolving attorney discipline cases within its Office of Chief Trial Counsel, (2) establishment of a backlog goal and metrics to measure such a goal, and (3) staffing requirements needed to achieve the new standards.


The 2020-21 Spending Plan: Judiciary and Criminal Justice

October 22, 2020 - This post provides an overview of the major judiciary and criminal justice proposals approved as part of the 2020-21 budget package. The 2020 21 budget provides $15.9 billion from the General Fund for judicial and criminal justice programs, including support for program operations and capital outlay projects. This is a decrease of $207 million, or 1.3 percent, below the revised 2019 20 spending level.


[PDF] Judicial Reviews of State Developmental Center Placements: Implementation of the In re Hop Decision

November 1, 1988 - This report is submitted in response to Resolution Chapter 147, Statutes of 1987 (Senate Concurrent Resolution 45). This measure requires the Legislative Analyst's Office to submit a report to the Legislature responding to specific questions related to the counties' implementation of the California Supreme Court's In re Hop decision (29 Cal. 3d 82). This decision specifies that persons with developmental disabilities who are unable to provide informed consent regarding their placement in a state developmental center (SDC) are entitled to judicial hearings regarding the need for, and appropriateness of, such placement.


Promoting Equity in the Parole Hearing Process

January 5, 2023 - In this report, we (1) provide background on California’s parole hearing process, (2) identify current aspects of the process that could disadvantage certain groups, and (3) recommend steps to promote greater equity in the parole hearing process.


[PDF] Analysis of the 1998-99 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter

February 18, 1998 - Analysis of the 1998-99 Budget Bill, Judiciary and Criminal Justice Chapter


The “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law—A Preliminary Assessment

January 6, 1995 - The “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law—A Preliminary Assessment


[PDF] California’s Criminal Justice System: A Primer

January 31, 2007 - In an effort to put the current discussion of crime in California in perspective, we have prepared this report to answer several key questions, including:

  • How much crime is there in California? How has the level of crime changed over time? How does crime vary within California, and among the states?
  • Who are the victims and perpetrators of crime?
  • How does the California criminal justice system-local law enforcement, courts, and correctional agencies-deal with adult and juvenile offenders?
  • What are the characteristics of adult and juveniles under the supervision of local and state correctional agencies?
  • What are the costs of crime and the criminal justice system?
  • What are the key criminal justice issues for policymakers today?