The Implementation of California Proposition 36: The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act (SACPA) of 2000

Irene Gonzalez, California State University - Long Beach

The California Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 (SACPA) is revolutionary in its treatment of California drug offenders. The proposition encourages new levels of cooperation between county public health and criminal justice agencies. At present no research exists that describes a full year of program implementation and fiscal decision making for all fifty-eight counties in California. This paper examines at the county level actual and proposed implementation of programs in the fiscal years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. Information analyzed from county plans will reflect annual changes in four important criteria as esbalished by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs: allocations of money to treatment, administrative and criminal justice costs; availability and number of treatment options; degree of involvement by public health professionals; and planned community involvement. These results will be overlaid by county demographic characteristics, Proposition 36 voting proportions, longitudinal arrest rates and adult probation caseloads. The analysis of county program allocations and annual carryover funds will be of interest to program directors, administrators and policy makers in light of recent setbacks in California's economy.

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Updated 05/20/2006