Other items on the meeting agenda included:
Budget Proposals for Judicial Branch: The council approved 18 fiscal year 2017–18 budget change proposals and their corresponding priority ranking for the judicial branch. The council amended the first proposal to provide future flexibility regarding how funding for court employee compensation would be allocated, as well as moved proposals to increase funding for court facility operation costs to higher up on the priority list. Part of the annual state budget process, the council must submit the proposals to the Department of Finance by September 2. (video)
Funding for Courthouse Modifications and Repairs: The council approved a recommendation from its Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee to allocate the $65 million appropriated by the Legislature for trial court facility modifications in the fiscal year 2016–2017 State Budget. The funding supports facility modification planning and facility modifications for emergency and critical needs. Despite the money included in this year’s budget, program funding does not meet the overall maintenance needs of the courts. (video)
Study Says Risk and Needs Assessments Work: The council received a report on the California Risk Assessment Pilot Project. The project explored how evidence-based practices, including the use of risk and needs assessment information, can reduce recidivism and improve public safety. The report found that the use of risk and needs assessment tools in the pilot counties served as a good predictor of future noncompliant behavior and can inform the courts and probation departments regarding the most effective supervision terms and conditions to improve outcomes for adult felony probationers.
Numbers from Criminal Justice Realignment: The council received data collected from trial courts on the implementation of the 2011 [Criminal Justice] Realignment Legislation. Collected annually, the data helps the judicial branch determine each court's new workload due to realignment, as measured by the total petitions filed to revoke and/or modify postrelease community supervision and parole.