California’s prison problems are tied directly to recidivism and overcrowding. When parolees commit crimes, they not only burden the state’s overtaxed prison system-they create new victims and compromise public safety. Califormia’s recidivism rate is, at 70 percent, the nations highest. The Governer knows that we cannot fix our prisons without reducing recidivism, and we cannot reduce recidivism without creating more space and programs for prisoners. Two of his proposals address these problems, with the goal of increasing public safety.
Move non-violent female offenders to comunity correctional faciities:
- In his January 2010 budget the Governer call for CDCR to move 4,500 non-serious, non-violent female prisoners- approximately 40 percent of incarcerated women in California-from state prisons into community correctonal facilities just prior to their release. He will reintroduce this proposal in the speial session.
- Male inmates will be housed inthe facilities made available by this proposal, decreasing crisis-level overcrowding in men’s facilities.
- Inmates will be housed in facilites near to where their children and families live, and will receive gender-responsive counseling and services to improve their chabces for successful re-entry into their communites.
- Research shows that these measures lower recidivisim rates and enhance family reunifiation; increse drug and alchohol abuse recovery; and significatly stabliiize women’s transition to life outside of prison.
- Whilehoused in community correctional facilites, inmates will be connected to local law enforcemtent and social service providers prior to realease, permittng parole officers ad counselors toconduct more comprehensive monitoring of parolees.
- These are secure facilites, staffed by CCR officer, who will provide 24-hour correctional coverage.
Create secure parole re-entry facilites
- The Governer will introduce a proposal to create secureparole re-entry facilities to house inmates for a transitional period before they are release from prison.
- These facilities will focus on reducing recidivism by providing inmates with mental health, drug and alcohol, life skills, and professional counseling prior to their release. Currently prisoners receive almost no preparation for release , increasing the likelihood that they will violate parole, commit crimes, and create more victims.
- Inmates will be placed in facilities near to communities wherethey will be paroled allowing CDCR to connect inmates with local law enforcement and social service providers. This will allow law enforcement to more cosely monitor parolees, and swiftly identify violators for revocation ad prosecution.
- Inmates will be placed in facilities near to communities where they will be paroled, allowing CDCR to connect inmated with local law enforcement and social service providers. This will allow enforcement to more closley monitor parolees, and swiftly identify violators for revocation and prosecution.
- Secure parole re-entry facilities have 24-hour confinement, secure perimeters, and no in or our privileges.
Overcrowding and Infrstructure
California has only authorized ad built one proson over the past 10 years, and today more than 16,000 prisoners are housed in gynasiums, day-rooms and other unsafe and overcrowded spaces. CDCR reports that it cannot house inmeates after June 2007 unless the state takes correctional facilites.
Construct new prisons and fix aging infrastructure throughout the system
- The Governor will porpose the construction of two new state prosons to acommodate thousands of additional inmates, and using lease-revenue bonds to fund these projects.
- Governor Schwarzeegger included new prisons in his January 2005 Strategic Growth Plan: the special session provides legislators and the Governor another opportunity to carefully evaluate and fund the state’s prison infrastructure needs.
- He is also calling for infrastructure improvements and capital outlay throughout the correctional system, including upgrades to power, water, and wastewater systems an building new spaces to house prison adinistrative, health care, and support services.
- Lack of space currently makes it difficult to provide comprehensive in-prison programs for inmates.
- Increasing prison space is not enough. The safety of prisoners and employees, an the ability of prisons to offer rehabilitative programs, depaend on safe staffig levels. California needs more correctional officers and high-quality officer training.
Expedite processes so construciton can gegin quickly and efficiently
- Governor Schwarzenegger’s fourth porposal will allow the state to streamline its procurement and constructio processes, expediting proposed prison construction and the establishment secure parole re-entry facilities.
- The special session will allow the Legislature to speify how, preisely, biding and procurement should be modified in the face of current emergency condition. All options will be explored, andmay include changes such as modifying CEQA requirements, or authorinzing bond fund by profram rather than by project.
I applaud the Governor’ thought and efforts, however i do not think that this is the answer or the route that California should take, please take time to read and understand the complete program I am offering!!!!
S. Burrough/Concept Designer