Transcript of CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate’s statement on public safety realignment
Statement by Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, at the Sept. 29, 2011 press conference on public safety realignment:
“I’d like to begin by just talking a little bit about the basics of realignment.
“On Oct. 1, Saturday, we will begin to implement one of the largest public safety and statutory changes in California’s history.
“I want to make three primary points. First, what is public safety realignment? It includes both public safety and health and human services realignment from state government to local government along with a shift of funding. From the law enforcement perspective, it really does two things. Number one, as of Oct. 1, those offenders who serve their complete sentences and who are low-level offenders will be supervised by county probation departments instead of by the state. Secondly, those who are newly convicted after Oct. 1 and are low-level offenders, will serve their terms in county jail instead of state prison.
“I want to clarify three things.
“Number one, no one will be released from state prison early. There’s been a lot of misconceptions about that. Everyone will continue to serve their complete times in state prison.
“Secondly, we want to remind people that the U.S. Supreme Court has recently ordered the reduction of 30,000 offenders from the California prison system. Public safety realignment will allow those offenders to serve their complete terms and then attrid [sic] out of the system, thereby avoiding massive early release.
“Third, I want to clarify the funding. This year, the jurisdictional counties will receive about $400 million. Next year, $850 million and $1 billion thereafter. The governor, I know, will want to talk about constitutional amendment to protect that money. Before he does, I also want to publicly thank our law enforcement partners, the people on this stage, the county representatives, the treatment providers, everyone who has helped craft realignment and is now responsible to partner with the state in implementation. I want to appreciate them for everything they’ve done.”
- CalChannel.com: Press conference: Gov. Jerry Brown and CA law enforcement officials on realignment (Sept. 29, 2011)
- Office of Gov. Jerry Brown: Gov. Brown pledges state support as local leaders launch realignment
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: 2011 Public Safety Realignment
- WhatTheFolly.com: California presents long-overdue plan to reduce prison overcrowding
- WhatTheFolly.com: Five key facts on California’s prison overcrowding