In April 2012, the Administration published the report “The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Oversight, and Improve the Prison System”. This report was released in the wake of prison population reductions occurring after implementation of 2011 Public Safety Realignment. It was essential to catalogue both how the prison budget would be reduced and how the prisons would operate with a significantly reduced population. The report highlighted changing the inmate classification system to fit inmates into the most appropriate housing situations allowing for more rehabilitative services. It also introduced a new funding model—standardized staffing—for the prisons versus the previous workload adjustment model. Rehabilitation programs, reentry hubs and reentry services became the model of programming in the prisons.
The Blueprint was premised on the Administration asking the federal court to increase the proposed population cap from 137.5 to 145 percent. The Administration believed that a constitutional level of health care could be achieved with the population at 145 percent of design capacity. At the time of the Blueprint, population projections indicated that the state would be able to meet 145 percent of design capacity, thereby creating a durable solution.
The Future of California Corrections
Much has changed since the Blueprint was released. To learn more read An Update to the Future of California Corrections (January 2016)