BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                    

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          AB 552 (Solorio)
          As Amended  April 6, 2010
          2/3 vote.  Urgency
          |ASSEMBLY:  |     |(June 3, 2009)  |SENATE: |30-0 |(May 10, 2010) |
                    (vote not relevant)
           Original Committee Reference:    HIGHER ED.  

           SUMMARY:   Modifies the funding authority for new state prison  
          beds constructed pursuant to the Public Safety and Offender  
          Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007.  

           The Senate amendments:  
          1)Authorize the California Department of Corrections and  
            Rehabilitation (CDCR) to develop beds and treatment space to  
            serve inmates requiring mental health or medical services.  

          2)Provide that any beds developed with a medical or mental  
            health purpose shall be supported with rehabilitative  
            programming, as defined, that is consistent with the medical  
            or mental health services needed by the inmates.

          3)Authorize CDCR to renovate existing buildings at existing  
            facilities for medical, dental and mental health treatment, as  
            well as design, construct, or renovate any ancillary  
            improvements as specified.  

          4)Modify the calculation of design-build project augmentations  
            from construction funds.    

          5)Revise the Phase II conditional language requiring that at  
            least 4,000 beds from Phase I be "under construction" to  
            instead require that at least 4,000 beds be "established by  
            the by State Public Works Board."

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Authorizes $6.2 billion in lease-revenue bond financing for  
            construction of 40,000 new state prison beds and $1.2 billion  
            for an estimated 13,000 new county jail beds, phased-in over  


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            time and contingent upon a series of construction and  
            rehabilitation program implementation benchmarks.   
          2)Authorizes CDCR to design, construct, or renovate housing  
            units, support buildings, and programming space in order to  
            add up to 12,000 beds at facilities under its jurisdiction.   
            CDCR is required to complete site assessments at facilities at  
            which it intends to construct or renovate additional housing  
            units, support buildings, and programming space.  CDCR may use  
            the funding provided to complete these site assessments.   
            After completing these site assessments, the department shall  
            define the scope and cost of each project.  

          3)Provides that the authority described above may be used to  
            develop new beds including appropriate programmatic space.

          4)Requires that any new beds constructed pursuant to the  
            provisions described above shall be supported by  
            rehabilitative programming for inmates, including, but not  
            limited to, education, vocational programs, substance abuse  
            treatment programs, employment programs, and prerelease  

          5)Provides that the purpose of beds constructed pursuant to the  
            provisions described above is to replace the temporary beds  
            currently in use, and they are not intended to house  
            additional inmates.  For the purposes of this section,  
            'temporary beds' shall be defined as those that are placed in  
            gymnasiums, classrooms, hallways, or other public spaces that  
            were not constructed for the purpose of housing inmates.  
          AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY,  this bill established the Commission  
          on Adequate Funding for Career Technical and Vocational  
          Education at the California Community Colleges (Commission),  
          funded through private funds, comprised of specified members  
          with specified powers and duties.
          FISCAL EFFECT  :  Unknown

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Gabriel Caswell / PUB. S. / (916)  

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