Transcript: Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s Q&A with LAO analyst Drew Soderborg on the impacts of overcrowding on medical and mental health care in California prisons before the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment on Oct. 21, 2013

Partial transcript of Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Q&A with Drew Soderborg, Managing Principal Analyst, Corrections, Transportation, and Environment, at the Legislative Analyst’s Office, on the impacts of prison overcrowding on medical and mental health care in California’s prison system. The hearing before the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment was held on Oct. 21, 2013:

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance):
…I think in the general population, it seems to be very clear that the overwhelming majority of health care expenditures are incurred in the last stages of the population in the last stages of their lives. Has the LAO or can the LAO obtain the percentage of the CDCR health care spending that’s spent on the senior inmate population however that may be defined?

Drew Soderborg, Managing Principal Analyst, Corrections, Transportation, and Environment, at the Legislative Analyst’s Office:
Yeah, that’s something that we can look into and we can talk with CDCR and see if they have the data to allow an analysis like that to go take place.

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance):
…I would like to see if there’s a way to track recidivism rates based on age of release. So that if the evidence is – I would expect that the evidence would show that those in their 70s and 80s would have lower recidivism rate than those in their 18 to 35.

Drew Soderborg, Managing Principal Analyst, Corrections, Transportation, and Environment, at the Legislative Analyst’s Office:
You are correct. They’ve done studies on that and recidivism definitely declines as people get older. And CDCR does track recidivism rate and is able to break that down by age.

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