5225 Corrections and Rehabilitation
Major Program Changes
- Adult Inmate and Parolee Population-The adult inmate average daily population is projected to increase from 127,681 in 2015-16 to 128,834 in 2016-17, an increase of 1,153 inmates, or 0.9 percent. The average daily parolee population is projected to decrease from 43,960 in 2015-16 to 42,571 in 2016-17, a decrease of 1,389 parolees, or 3.2 percent. The increase in the adult inmate population is due to a projected increase in felon admissions, as well as the effects of the new parole process for certain second-strike offenders being lower than previously projected. When compared to the projected average daily population at the 2015 Budget Act, these changes result in a decrease of $19.1 million General Fund in 2015-16 and a decrease of $35.8 million General Fund in 2016-17.
- Mental Health Program-The population of inmates requiring mental health treatment is projected to be 35,743 in 2015-16 and 36,825 in 2016-17. This is an increase of 571 inmates in 2015-16 and 1,653 inmates in 2016-17 in comparison to the projected mental health population at the 2015 Budget Act. Based on the Mental Health Staffing Ratios, these changes will result in an increase of $14.7 million General Fund in 2016-17.
- Juvenile Ward Population-Compared to the 2015 Budget Act projections, the ward population is projected to increase by 37 in 2015-16 and 42 in 2016-17, for a total population of 714 in 2015-16 and 719 in 2016-17.
- Expansion of Programs and Services for Lifer Population-The Budget includes $10.5 million General Fund to expand parole and in-prison rehabilitative programs for life-term and long-term offenders. Specifically, the Budget includes Parolee Service Center slots reserved specifically for this population and the development of a program that will provide six-month transitional housing in locations closest to the communities in which life-term inmates will be released. Additional in-prison services will include expanding the Long-Term Offender Program, Offender Mentor Certification Program, and Pre-Employment Transitions Program.
- Male Community Reentry Program-The Budget includes $32.1 million General Fund for community-based reentry beds focusing on services needed for successful reintegration, such as work training, education, practical living skills, and substance use disorder and mental health treatment. The program will be expanded to 680 beds in 2016-17.
- Substance Use Disorder Treatment Expansion-The Budget includes $15.2 million General Fund to expand substance use disorder treatment to the 11 remaining institutions that do not currently have a substance use disorder program.
- Enhanced Drug and Contraband Interdiction Program-The Budget includes $7.9 million General Fund to continue the existing pilot program at 11 institutions and enhance efforts at the 3 intensive institutions.
- Alternative Custody Program-The Budget includes $3.3 million General Fund in 2015-16 and $6 million General Fund beginning in 2016-17 to comply with the Sassman v. Brown lawsuit. The proposal adds 40 positions to support and administer the expansion of the existing female Alternative Custody Program to include male inmates.
- Youth Offender Parole Hearings-The Budget includes $3.7 million for the Board of Parole Hearings to implement Chapter 471, Statutes of 2015 (SB 261) which provides youth offender parole hearings and consultations for eligible inmates who were under the age of 23 at the time of their offense. This proposal expands the current Youth Offender Parole Program established by Chapter 312, Statutes of 2013 (SB 260).
- Pharmaceutical Budget-The Budget includes $19.9 million General Fund in 2015-16 and $26.8 million General Fund in 2016-17 for adult inmate pharmaceutical costs, primarily driven by an increase in drug prices. This proposal implements a funding methodology that allows for biannual adjustments to the pharmaceutical budget based on actual expenditures and changes in the Consumer Price Index.
- Janitorial Services at the California Health Care Facility-The Budget includes $6.4 million General Fund in 2015-16 and $12.1 million General Fund beginning in 2016-17 to contract with PRIDE Industries to provide janitorial services at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton.
- Receiver Supervisory Staffing Model-The Budget includes $11.9 million General Fund to establish executive management teams at prisons that currently share management oversight and create supervisory ratios for certain health care classifications.