5225 Corrections and Rehabilitation
Major Program Changes
- Adult Inmate and Parolee Population-The adjusted adult inmate average daily population is projected to decrease from 134,986 in 2014-15 to 133,109 in 2015-16, a decrease of 1,877 inmates, or 1.4 percent. The average daily parolee population is projected to decrease from 43,266 in 2014-15 to 40,467 in 2014-15, a decrease of 2,799 parolees, or 6.5 percent. The decrease in adult inmate population is due to court-ordered population reduction measures and Proposition 47. When compared to the projected average daily population at the 2014 Budget Act, these changes result in a decrease of $12.1 million General Fund in 2014-15 and a decrease of $20 million General Fund in 2015-16.
- Mental Health Program-The population of inmates requiring mental health treatment is projected to be 35,013 in 2014-15 and 35,534 in 2015-16. This is an increase of 895 inmates in 2014-15 and 1,416 inmates in 2015-16 in comparison to the projected mental health population at the 2014 Budget Act. Based on the Mental Health Staffing Ratios, these changes will result in an increase of $12.1 million in 2015-16.
- Juvenile Ward Population-Compared to the 2014 Budget Act projections, the ward population is projected to increase by 29 in 2014-15 and 53 in 2015-16, for a total population of 685 in 2014-15 and 709 in 2015-16.
- California Health Care Facility Staffing-The Budget includes $26 million General Fund in 2014-15 and $76.4 million General Fund ongoing to add 715 positions at the California Health Care Facility to provide adequate medical care to inmates at the facility. The Receiver's Office hired a contractor to perform a staffing analysis of the facility, which is the basis of this request. Once fully activated, the California Health Care Facility will provide almost 2,600 health care beds of which approximately 950 are licensed beds.
- Infill Activation-The Budget includes an increase of $35.5 million General Fund and $90,000 Inmate Welfare Fund to activate three level II dormitory housing facilities at existing prisons beginning February 1, 2016. The new facilities will add 2,376 beds to the institution design capacity and increase educational and vocational programming slots by 1,266.
- Armstrong Accessibility Improvements-The Budget includes $19 million General Fund in 2015-16 and 2016-17 for construction at 15 prisons to improve accessibility consistent with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
- Parole Calculation Correction-The Budget includes $14.6 million General Fund to correct an error in the caseload calculation for Parole Agent II Supervisors. The correction of the ratio calculation error will reduce the operational parolee to agent ratio, thereby improving the supervision and reintegration of parolees and enhancing public safety.
- Receiver Quality Management Program-The Budget includes $4.9 million General Fund for the Receiver's Office to expand the existing quality management program to monitor and improve delivery of health care services, consistent with the Turnaround Plan of Action.
- Career Technical Education-The Budget includes $2.6 million General Fund for the Division of Rehabilitative Programs to continue contracting with the California Prison Industry Authority to provide 342 Career Technical Education offender training slots. This program provides graduates with employable skills in diverse career fields, and promotes reduced recidivism rates for program graduates compared to the general prison population.
- Coleman Use of Force and Segregated Housing Policy-The Budget includes $13 million General Fund in 2014-15 and $42 million beginning in 2015-16 for the Department and the Receiver to implement revised policies and procedures as required by the Coleman v. Brown court. The revised policies include use of force incidents, management cell status, alternative housing options for certain Coleman class members in segregated housing, welfare checks for inmates in segregated housing, and additional training for suicide prevention. The court's order and the Department's revised policies are intended to improve prison mental health care and reduce suicide incidents in prison.