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How much does the state spend on criminal justice and court programs?

Judicial and Criminal Justice Budget Summary

General Fund (Dollars in Millions)

Program/Department

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Change From 2015-16

Amount

Percent

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

$9,899

$10,151

$10,459

$308

3.0%

Judicial branch

1,404

1,601

1,711

109

7.0

Department of Justice

190

206

216a

11

5.0

Board of State and Community Corrections

68

68

137

69

102.0

Other criminal justice programsb

22

19

40

21

108.0

Totals

$11,584

$12,045

$12,563

$518

4.3%

aDoes not include settlement funding provided in Chapter 281 of 2016 (SB 1187, Lara).

bIncludes debt service on general obligation bonds, Office of the Inspector General, and State Public Defender.

  • The 2016-17 budget includes $12.6 billion from the General Fund for judicial and criminal justice programs, an increase of about 4 percent above the 2015-16 expenditure level.

  • Of this funding, $10.5 billion (83 percent) supports the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

  • For more information on the state budget, please see the LAO’s State Spending Plan. For information on projected expenditures for state programs, please see the LAO’s Fiscal Outlook publication.


Last Updated: December 2016