Governor Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that the state will eliminate 400 jobs at California’s department of Corrections headquarters in Sacramento. The state expects to save 30-million dollars with those cuts.
In a written statement, Governor Brown described the cuts as “long overdue.” Brown’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford says California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began to notify staff last week.
Ashford says, “they’re starting already, pink slips have gone out and people will be receiving those.”
According to Ashford, the decision to cut department’s workforce has nothing to do with a federal court order that could shrink the state’s prisons by tens of thousands of inmates. Ashford says Corrections is cutting the positions to save 200-million dollars in personnel costs this next fiscal year to help plug the state’s deficit. She says it makes sense for the department to start cutting from headquarters.
“It’s smaller, people have to take on more responsibility, but you do have the elimination of some senior positions that those numbers really do add up,” she says.
Corrections plans to cut 100 managers and supervisors and 32 executives from its staff in Sacramento. Those job reductions follow the elimination of 1000 staff positions in headquarters in the last year and half. That’s a 25 percent reduction in the agency’s managerial workforce.