By OPEC Staff
The California State 2012-13 Budget signed Wednesday by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. included approval of a plan for a leaner, more cost-effective California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The multi-year plan CDCR released in April – “The Future of California Corrections” – was formulated to save California billions of taxpayer dollars as it builds on the success of Public Safety Realignment.
The plan, known as the blueprint, is intended to satisfy the U.S. Supreme Court’s order requiring reduced crowding and end federal court oversight in health care and other areas. Implementation of the plan will reverse the trend of prison spending consuming a growing percentage of the General Fund budget. The 2012-13 budget allots $8.8 billion from the General Fund to CDCR. The plan calls for CDCR spending to decline from 11 percent to 7.5 percent of the General Fund over time.
Highlights of the blueprint include returning inmates housed out of state to California; closing and replacing old, costly facilities; standardizing staffing levels; and updating the inmate classification system.
Budget legislation also included the authorization of $500 million of additional bonds for the design and construction of local jails. This was an addition to the $1.2 billion authorized by Assembly Bill 900 in 2007.

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