California Prison Experts Weigh in on Governor's May Budget Revise

MEDIA ADVISORY – MAY 16, 2013

CONTACT: Diana Zuñiga, 213-864-8931

What: Press Conference Call.  1-646-307-1300  Code: 8789260

When: Thursday, May 16 2013 at 9:30am. Prisoner Rights Activists and Experts respond to the Governor’s May Budget Revise.  

Who: Californians United for a Responsible Budget. Speakers will include Debbie Reyes of the California Prison Moratorium Project, Courtney Hooks of Justice Now, Diana Zuñiga of Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Vanessa Aramayo of the California Partnership, Carol Strickman of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and Linda Evans of All Of Us Or None and additional experts will be available for comment on specific aspect of the plan.

Sacramento – Prison advocates and policy experts will respond to Governor Brown’s May budget revise. During his Tuesday press conference Gov. Brown explained that there were no plans for prison population reduction in the revised budget plan. Indeed, the budget projects an increase in the prison population and tweaks realignment by providing funds for CDCR to “house long-term offenders” currently under county supervision. Despite the Governor’s reluctance to spend all of the current windfall of revenues, General Fund spending is slated to increase by 0.7% next year and Corrections spending by more than twice that amount, at 1.9%. Corrections spending is budgeted to be 9.2% of General Fund spending.