Govenor's 2014-15 Budget Overview

10-Jan-2014

A day earlier than expected Governor Brown released his proposal for the 2014-15 budget. California’s fiscal situation is much better than it has been over the last decade.

Overall, the Governor's $155-billion budget would increase General Fund spending by more than 8% to $106.8 billion. However, the Governor said that wisdom and prudence is the order of the day so his budget also eliminates $11 billion in debt, and proposes a ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s rainy day fund.

The budget continues corrections programs seen in previous years to address overcrowding and recidivism. Below are some highlights of the Governor’s Budget as it relates to public safety and corrections and rehabilitation.

Public Safety
The budget continues funding for probation efforts, and specifically sites SB 678.

  • SB 678- The projected funding is $128 million in FY 2014-15. This is based on a $29,491 per inmate cost. Without last year’s change under SB 105 the funding would have been $42 million.
  • AB 109- No new allocation, however, The Community Corrections Subaccount is projected at $159.8 million.
  • CCP Implementation Grants- Same as last fiscal year, $7.9 million is proposed in the 2014-15 budget to go out to the counties that report on their efforts to the BSCC.
  • Recidivism Reduction Fund- The Governor’s Budget assumes that the court will grant a two-year extension to meet cap reductions. With that assumption, the budget reflects the policies of SB 105, which stipulates that if any portion of the $315 million allocated for inmate housing, is not used, the first $75 million is to be deposited in the Recidivism Reduction Fund. The
    actual amount anticipated to be available for the Recidivism Reduction Fund is $81.1 million.
  • These funds are divided among four programs:
    • The State Reentry in the Community- $11.8 million for 10 momrentry hubs and $9.7 million for in-state contracted facilities.
    • Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees- $11.3 million to allow CDCR to expand the slots from 600 to 900 in 2014-15.
    • State Reentry Hub- 48.3 million to renovate 600 bed facility in Stockton.
    • State Reentry in the Community- $40 million for reentry programs for inmates within one year of release.
  • State Capacity (Court Ordered Efforts)- Although not new, these proposals are outlined in the budget.
    • Expansion of Medical Parole
    • Elderly Parole for Inmates 60 years or older
    • Increase in Credit Enhancements to 33.3 percent
  • Long Term Offenders- If successful in its efforts to meet the court-ordered population cap the administration proposes that individuals sentenced for more than 10 years be eligible for state prison.
  • Fire Camp Expansion- Budget includes a reduction in the daily rate to send a jail inmate to a CDCR Fire Camp to $10 per day after $81 per day during training.
  • Jail Facilities- A $500 million in lease-revenue bonds is proposed for SB 1022-type facilities in addition to a 10% county match
  • City Law Enforcement Activities- The budget includes $27.5 million for cities for front line law enforcement activities.

CDCR
Total funding for The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is budgeted at $9.8 billion ($9.5 billion General Fund and $320 million other funds) for 2014-15.

Additional adjustments to the Corrections and Rehabilitation Department include an increase of $61.7 million general fund to expand the Basic Correctional Officer Academy capacity from 720 to 3,400 cadets. Drug and Contraband Interdiction receives an increase of $14 million to establish a drug and contraband interdiction program. An increase of $75 million is allocated to address increasing workers’ compensation costs. Lastly, the budget provides $100 million to various state agencies to address critical infrastructure deferred maintenance needs, $20 million of which will be allocated to CDCR.

Judicial Branch
The Governor’s budget proposal includes an additional $100 million for superior
court operations.

State Hospitals
The budget includes $27.8 million from the General Fund to increase the Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) capacity by 105 beds. In an effort to increase efficiency the budget includes $1.1 million to establish a Patient Management Unit to centralize admissions and transfers of DSH patients. Lastly, the budget includes $26.3 to maintain the Salinas Valley and Vacaville psychiatric programs.

Alberto Torrico
Legislative Advocate