The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 25, 2009
Corrections cutbacks: What will it mean for jobs?

In case you missed it, we wanted to call your attention to Bee colleague Andy Furillo's story, "California prison officials propose releasing 8,000 inmates to cut costs."

From the report:

Schwarzenegger on Feb. 20 ordered an open-ended $400 million reduction in the corrections department's $10 billion budget, to help resolve a state budget deficit disaster that had totaled $40 billion.

Cate did not provide a line item on how his cost-cutting initiatives will add up to $400 million. He said he will send a package of bills over to the Legislature next week.

The package's approval is needed for the changes on parole, the time credits and the dollar-value adjustments on property crimes such as grand theft, which have not been changed since 1982.

The proposed parole changes would eliminate supervision for tens of thousands of lower-risk offenders and employ sanctions such as GPS monitoring in place of a return ticket to prison for offenders who violate the technical terms of their releases. They would cut the prison population by 4,000 by the end of the next fiscal year, Cate said.

Here's the question for state workers that hasn't been answered yet because the administration didn't present a specific list of cuts: What will this mean for CDCR jobs?

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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