By Randall G. Shelden
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Currently, about 9,500 California inmates are held in private prisons in other states. In its April 2012 correctional blueprint, CDCR recommends returning all out-of-state inmates to California by FY 2015-16, resulting in estimated savings of $318 million. CJCJ’s recent publication evaluating the potential public safety and policy merits of the CDCR proposal finds that returning inmates to California and eliminating the use of out-of-state transfers is sound public policy.