Assembly Majority Leader Calderon and Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer, Sr. Issue Statement Regarding State Auditor’s Report on In-Prison Rehabilitative Programs

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sacramento, CA - Chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. and Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon issued the following statement on the State Auditor’s report of in-prison rehabilitative programs within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation:

“Yesterday the State Auditor released the results that I requested in 2018. The report highlighted programs that have had some demonstrable success in reducing recidivism. However, the audit also made clear areas where improvement is needed. Most striking, the report notes that if these programs are just 11% successful, stopping one in every nine inmates from returning to prison, the program will pay for itself without any additional cost to taxpayers, freeing state funds for educational programs, affordable housing, and combatting rising healthcare costs. We must stop throwing taxpayer money at problems, without demanding demonstrative results. Evidence based rehabilitation programs are the only way to go, and should be the norm.

“I look forward to working with CDCR and other stakeholders to establish clear performance metrics and replicate successful rehabilitation programs statewide. I would like to thank the State Auditor’s Office for producing this important report. We are now armed with clear data that will guide our criminal justice policy work this year.”

Majority Leader Calderon said, “It’s critical that we evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs to ensure that we promote reductions in recidivism. This audit demonstrates that CDCR needs to collect data on the effectiveness of these programs so that we as a state are investing in programs that work. We look forward to working with CDCR to improve the administration of these programs and maximizing their success.”

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Contact: Lerna Shirinian, (562) 692-5858 (Calderon)

Shelli Jackson, (916) 319-2059 (Jones-Sawyer)