SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is sending out layoff notices to employees in adult inmate and parolee rehabilitation programs.
CDCR said pink slips have gone out for 1,437 positions. The department is cutting $250 million from its approximately $600 million adult services budget as part of nearly $1 billion the governor and lawmakers lopped from its 2009-10 budget.
If there's a bright spot, CDCR says that fewer employees, between 600 and 900, will actually lose their jobs. Some of the positions eliminated will come from existing vacancies and the civil service layoff process requires the number of layoff notices, says CDCR.
The agency also said that termination letters were sent last week to eight contractors who provide substance abuse services inside prisons.
Some of the department's other cuts will include reducing the inmate population by about 16,000 and modifying parole supervision for some non-violent offenders.