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SB-297 Corrections: master plan.(1999-2000)

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Passed  IN  Assembly  September 07, 1999
Passed  IN  Senate  September 08, 1999

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 1999–2000 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 297


Introduced  by  Senator Polanco, Vasconcellos

February 03, 1999


An act to add Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 7050) to Title 7 of Part 3 of the Penal Code, relating to corrections, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 297, Polanco. Corrections: master plan.
Existing law specifies that the Department of Corrections is in the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency and requires the department to prepare a plan for and construct facilities and renovations within its master plan for prison construction and operations. The Director of Corrections is authorized to construct and equip suitable buildings, structures and facilities for correctional institutions.
This bill would require the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency develop a master plan for prison operations in the 21st century. The purpose of the plan would be to promote public safety. The bill would require the agency to develop, through a public process, a statewide corrections strategy that protects the public in the most cost-effective way possible. The bill would require the plan to be submitted to the Legislature by November 1, 2000. The bill would require the agency to establish the master plan, as specified, conduct ongoing assessments of the plan and make necessary refinements when appropriate, including ongoing consultation with local entities responsible for components of the master plan. The bill would also require the department to review effective public and private correctional systems and methods and make recommendations for proposed necessary changes to existing sentencing laws that will best protect the public safety in a cost-effective manner. The bill would require that the plan be submitted to the Legislature by November 1, 2000.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 7050) is added to Title 7 of Part 3 of the Penal Code, to read:
CHAPTER  11.5. Master Plan of 2000

7050.
 (a) The Youth and Adult Correctional Agency shall develop a master plan for prison operations in the 21st century.
(b) The purpose of the master plan shall be to promote public safety.
(c) The Youth and Adult Correctional Agency shall develop the master plan through a public process and make ongoing assessments and refinements to the plan when appropriate. That process shall involve ongoing consultation with local entities responsible for components of the master plan that affect the state’s prison operations and are themselves impacted by the state’s prison operations.
(d) The master plan shall serve as a guide to the Legislature and the Governor for the most cost-effective approaches to protecting public safety. The plan shall be submitted to the Legislature by November 1, 2000, for their consideration and implementation in the annual Budget.
(e) Items for consideration in developing the master plan shall include the following:
(1) The development, evaluation, refinement, and funding of a statewide corrections strategy that protects the public in the most cost-effective way possible.
(2) Specification of the roles of all agencies that operate as a part of the correctional system.
(3) Definition of the role and goals for state prisons, community corrections, and supervised releases.
(4) Review of effective public and private correctional systems in the country and their methods.
(5) Recommendations for proposed necessary changes to existing sentencing laws that will best protect the public safety in a cost-effective manner.
(6) Review of the classification system to help evaluate whether or not the state is overclassifying inmates and any possible impact of that classification on projected high-security bed requirements.
(7) Identification of issues associated with siting correctional facilities and recommendations for resolving problems, where appropriate. Issues that may be considered include the impacts on school systems and local infrastructure, as well as ways the staff and inmates of facilities may become greater assets to host communities.
(8) Consideration of sufficient integrated strategies to manage probation, jail, and prison populations.
(9) Recommendations, as appropriate, to reduce inmate violence, including consideration of any additional resources or training that would further that goal.
(10) Consideration of methods to reduce recidivism at all levels of the incarceration system.
(11) Review of education and job training available in the correctional system.
(12) Review of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management recommendations from Final Report (January 30, 1990), the report of the California Corrections Policy Development Project (1992), and related reports currently available.
(13) Review and recommendations, as appropriate, regarding the services available or needed for parole, including a review of enhanced postrelease programs and the effect that these enhanced programs may have on projected needs for additional prison space.
(14) Review of the impact of the mentally ill on the prison population and recommendations for alternatives to the use of prison space for any of that population, as appropriate.
(15) Review of the hiring and employment requirements for staff working in institutions with incarcerated persons.

SEC. 2.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to immediately address the problem of overcrowding that has reached crisis proportions in correctional facilities and the resulting threat to public safety, it is necessary that this bill take effect immediately.