If you want to know what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation budgeted for overtime, the department’s budget overview online specifically details the amount: $105 million for fiscal year 2011-12.
For health care services? Two billion.
Inmate education and activities? Sixty-six million.
Slashing $250 million from rehab will endanger communities and cost taxpayers more in the long run.
The new report, which is part of a series on the state’s fiscal crisis called “The California Bottom Line,” demonstrates that much, if not all of the proposed savings from cutting prison education will be canceled out by new costs created by eliminating crime-reducing education programs. The report shows that research has proven that prisoners who participate in education programs are more likely to become productive citizens after their release.