Transcript: CA Dept. of Finance Director Ana Matosantos on the updated 2012-13 prison realignment budget
Transcript of remarks by Ana Matosantos, Director of the California Department of Finance, on the updated 2012-2013 prison realignment implementation plan (April 23, 2012):
“As [CDCR] Secretary [Matthew] Cate has mentioned, achieving budget savings was an important element of this plan and this work.
“When realignment was proposed by the Governor, the state faced a $26.6 billion budget deficit. A portion of that deficit was the result of correctional spending increase.
“If we look at where we were 30 years ago, our state spent roughly 3% of our general fund spending on correctional programs. That percentage grew substantially. In the 2008-09, we were spending roughly 11% of general fund expenditures in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This plan reverses that trend.
“As Matt mentioned, a couple of key numbers:
“$1.5 billion in savings – on an annual savings from the realignment;
“$2.2 billion in avoided costs because we won’t be having to build those prisons that we would otherwise be having to build to look at meeting the Supreme Court order;
“And we will also extinguish $4.1 billion in AB 900 bond authority that was granted by the legislature some years past.
“So in the aggregate, these reductions will mean that correctional spending as a share of general fund will go down. It will be about 7.5% in 2015-16 from the 11% just a couple of years ago.”
- California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation: Video of the April 23, 2012 press conference announcing California’s updated prison reform and public safety realignment plan
- California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation: The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Oversight, and Improve the Prison System (PDF)
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate on the updated 2012-13 prison realignment budget
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Press conference Q&A on the updated 2012-13 California prison realignment budget