Calling the move “long overdue,” California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered more than 400 administrative positions permanently cut at the state corrections department – a move the governor’s office said would save taxpayers $30 million, reports California Watch. Matthew Cate, corrections secretary, said the “new executive structure is designed to create a leaner organization, clarify functions and responsibilities, delegate decision-making authority, and eliminate duplicative functions.”
A quarter of prison headquarter positions – about 1,000 employees – have been cut in the last 18 months. In the latest round, more than 100 managers and supervisors and 32 executive-level positions – including the chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and five chief deputy secretaries – were eliminated. Deputy Press Secretary Elizabeth Ashford said that the projected $30 million in savings is only a small chunk of the more than $194 million the prison system must trim from its budget as part of savings requested in Brown’s May 16 revision of the state budget. In January, Brown proposed spending $9.1 billion on the state’s prison system, up from $8.9 billion the year before.