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.