Includes Continued Operation of CRC
Gov. Brown’s budget for FY 2016/17, unveiled Thursday, proposes $10.5 Billion for CDCR, including $7.5 billion for salaries and benefits for the department’s 61,600 employees. The total represents a 1.4 percent increase over funds being spent in the current fiscal year.
The budget proposal focuses on CDCR’s goals of increasing rehabilitation programming as well as re-entry programs in-house and in the community, sustaining inmate population caps imposed by the Three Judge Panel, improving prison safety with increased drug interdiction efforts, and expanding services and programming for lifers and other long term offenders to prepare them for eventual return to community life.
Among noteworthy items, the budget proposal includes:
- $6 million to address critical repair projects and deferred maintenance at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco, assuring its continued operation in the near term to help CDCR meet inmate population limits set by the courts.
- $400 million for the Division of Rehabilitative Programs to operate 13 prison-based re-entry programs and $32.1 million for community-based re-entry programs, with sufficient funding to triple the number of community-based beds to 680. The DRP will also receive another $15.2 million to expand substance abuse disorder treatment to 11 prisons that currently do not have the program.
- $7.9 million to increase efforts to intercept illegal drugs and other contraband and $5.8 million for staff to monitor gang activity, two measures aimed at improving prison safety as CDCR steps up its interdiction efforts and also changes its housing policies in segregated housing areas to conform to the Ashker v Brown settlement.
- $10 million for programs and services to lifers and other long term offenders, including an increase of 136 beds in the Parolee Service Centers, funding for alcohol and drug treatment mentors, pre-employment training and expanding the Long Term Offender Program to another 1,700 inmates at a Level III or IV male institution. The proposal also includes $480,000 for custody staff to oversee evening college classes for inmates serving life sentences.
- $2.8 billion for medical, dental and mental health services, including $1.9 billion for the Office of Health Care Receiver and $26.8 million for increased pharmaceutical costs. The proposal also includes $9.4 million for increased CDCR staffing in health care facilities and $2 million for staffing at in-state contracted health care facilities.