The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 26, 2011
View Corrections' job vacancy and job reduction spreadsheets

As we reported last week, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is continuing to mail out some 26,000 layoff warning notices to employees with less than 10 years of service.

On Friday, the same day the initial 6,000 notices went into the mail, the department also posted a list of 3,416 positions it wants to eliminate and another 2,353 vacant positions throughout the far-flung department.

We took the lists on the CDCR website, converted them into Excel files and then sorted the data by job, facility or program and county. We've embedded those tables below.

After talking with Robert Downs, chief of CDCR's Office of Personnel, we want to pass along some important caveats to the data:

Some of the numbers are already outdated. The department can see up to 200 employee moves in a single day, so CDCR personnel statistics will always lag a bit. These figures represent snapshots of the continually shifting staff population.

The vacancies list includes funded positions that may currently be filled by limited-term staff, because the department has the option to end those workers' employment and make those jobs available to full-time employees.

The vacancies list doesn't include positions being held open for employees with a mandatory right of return.

The vacancies list doesn't include positions being eliminated, held for medical placement, lost because of staffing rules in California Government Code 12439 or paid with temporary funding.

CDCR employees can check out the department's layoff resources webpage for evolving news, numbers and policies as the department downsizes in keeping with Assembly Bill 109 and a federal court ruling to relieve prison overcrowding.

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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