In exchange for a 5% pay raise delay for six months (worth $108 million, out of a total 37% pay raise), the CCPOA gained new controls over prison management. It also was guaranteed previews of confidential video tapes that are in evidence pending excess-use-of-force and other employee misconduct investigations. Senator Gloria Romero said this would have a chilling impact on prisoners and guards who seek to file complaints on rogue guards." [Curiously, while the CCPOA was arguing that release of such video-tapes will open the door to increased public and media scrutiny of how guards and prisoners conduct themselves," they simultaneously lobbied to successfully defeat legislation that would have permitted the media access to prisoners.]
Another contract feature was the guarantee of no guard layoffs unless the prison population dropped by 6%. This rings hollow since the number of parolees returned to prison on technical" parole violations is at the sole discretion of the union's parole agents. Thus, bed-vacancy-driven recidivism" ensures there will be no such layoffs. Indeed, as of December, 2004, CDC was projecting a $109 million budget overrun from guard overtime costs related to the increased population.
Six-figure Senate beneficiaries were President Pro-tem John Burton ($333,000), Tom Torlakson ($302,500); Bob Margett ($279,500); Jack Scott ($200,000), Minority Leader Jim Brulte ($180,000); Dede Alpert ($125,000) and Ed Vincent ($100,000). In the Assembly, Barbara Matthews received $157,000 and Rebecca Cohn received $101,000. Another six-figure recipient was Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
It should be noted that these amounts do not include money given directly to the political parties, political action committees (PAC), or sums spent to sway elections. For example, the CCPOA gave over $1 million in November, 2004 to defeat Proposition 66, the Three-Strikes Initiative Act that would have voided 4,5,00 non-violent third time offenders' life sentences - thereby threatening union jobs. In all, the San Jose Mercury News reported that between January, 2000 and February, 2004, the CCPOA doled out $12.6 million in political contributions: $4.6 million to candidates for public office, $1.5 million in stink" money to siphon off voters against candidates they disfavored, $1.9 million to PACs and $4.6 million in other expenditures.
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