SACRAMENTO – Did you know that the three-year recidivism rate in California for adult inmates is about 60 percent? How about the fact that adult and youth offender fire crews save the State of California more than $80 million annually by fighting wildfires? Or that the number of juveniles in state’s Division of Juvenile Justice has declined by nearly 6,500 over the past decade?
A new publication, Corrections – Moving Forward, contains these facts and more as part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) efforts to provide a consistent and comprehensive understanding of today’s corrections challenges. This publication includes a statistical update on everything from inmate population trends to return-to-custody statistics; from the impact of the three strikes inmates to a look at CDCR’s entire budget and a summary of the department’s 2008-09 accomplishments.
“Transparency in government begins with making information available to as many people as possible,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “Through the Internet, our collection of data bases and Office of Research, we have worked hard to keep statistics on offender population and programs current and accessible.
Corrections – Moving Forward collects key facts from our expansive correctional system into one comprehensive report. As we face the challenges ahead, using current data to reflect on our population demographics will be crucial. We hope you find this new resource helpful in learning more about our agency.”
The publicationutilizes 20 years of data in some areas and includes graphic charts to illustrate trends over the years. Information was taken from the expanse of data already available on the CDCR website, www.cdcr.ca.gov, and condensed according to categories, including:
- Budget – a two-year comparison of CDCR’s allocations;
- Adult Offenders – 20 years of demographics including age, offenses, releases and admissions;
- Conservation Camps;
- Felon New Admissions – 20-year comparison of commitment rate versus population and commitment rates by gender;
- Three Strikes Population – breakdown by age, types of crimes committed by both second and third strike populations;
- Adult Parole Population – a comprehensive look at the adult parole population, both male and female, including population rates, when they were first released to parole and parole violator rates;
- Adult Programs;
- Division of Juvenile Justice – An overview of the DJJ population demographics and trends; and
- Recidivism – One, two and three-year follow-up recidivism rates.
The booklet was designed to provide a general overview CDCR statistics and significant trends facing California’s largest state agency. Information is broken down by gender, and age in some cases, so that trends facing specific inmate populations can be examined. Information was provided by the Office of Research, CDCR Budget Office, the Division of Juvenile Justice Research branch, Division of Adult Institutions, and Division of Adult Programs.