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Program A: Administration and Support

Program Authorization: R.S. 15:574.2-15:574.12 and R.S. 36:401-409

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Administration and Support Program is to provide management directions, guidance, and coordination as well as to provide the administrative support services necessary for all operational needs.

The goals of the Administration and Support Program are:

1. Provide for administration and leadership on a statewide level for services rendered to adult jurisdictional courts, the Parole and Pardon Boards, and the Interstate Compact states.

2. Ensure that services are provided according to statutes and in a manner that best serves the needs of the offender and the community, maintains efficiency and effectiveness, and maintains American Correctional Association accreditation standards.

To carry out its mission, the Administration and Support Program provides quality administration, policy development, financial management and leadership. To increase efficiency and effectiveness, policies and procedures are reviewed in order to standardize processes to the extent possible. This change required development by the Administration and Support Program of the necessary documents and procedures to guide the process. Appropriate staffing standards and formulas are developed and implemented; workloads are monitored and compared to statutory workload limits. Priority is placed on the hearing of parole and probation revocation cases in an expeditious manner.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Administration and Support Program will ensure that the Probation and Parole Division maintains American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation and supervises offenders at a cost that, on average, does not exceed $1.73 per day per offender supervised

According to the Legislative Fiscal Office, Louisiana's average expenditure per offender supervised is the fourth lowest among Southern Legislative Conference states (for which information is available) and is less than the regional average (see the following table).

PROBATION AND PAROLE FUNDING PER OFFENDER SUPERVISED, SOUTHERN AND SOUTH CENTRAL STATES

(As of July 1, 1997)

Alabama 1

$785

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Carolina

$927

Arkansas 1

$116

Oklahoma

$912

Florida

$1,499

South Carolina 1

$1,092

Georgia

$426 2

Tennessee

$589

Kentucky

$1,103

Texas

$1,230

Louisiana

$660

Virginia

$1,390

Maryland 1

Not Available

West Virginia

$1,319

Mississippi

$1,603

 

 

Missouri

$947

AVERAGE

$973

1 Probation and parole services are provided by a separate agency.

2 Figure is only for probationers and does not include parolees.

Source: Adult Correctional Systems: A Comparative Data Report Submitted to the Fiscal Affairs and Government Operations Committee , Southern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments, Fall 1997.

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with state general fund and fees and self-generated revenues. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from fees collected from those individuals who are on probation and parole to partially reimburse the agency for the cost of their supervision.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,652,837

$1,915,685

33

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$1,652,837

$1,915,685

33

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$25,818

$25,818

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$33,613

$33,613

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($35,243)

($35,243)

(1)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$110,314

$110,314

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($6,348)

($6,348)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($582,498)

($582,498)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$262,848

$0

0

 

Technical adjustment to realign the Self-Generated Fees generated through the collection of Probation and Parole Supervision Fees between programs to properly reflect the correct means of financing in the appropriate program

 

 

 

 

 

$1,461,341

$1,461,341

32

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($191,496)

($454,344)

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 76.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 63.8% of the total request ($2,292,166) for this program. The decrease in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the statewide Risk Management adjustment.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$7,245

 

Allocation for the Comprehensive Public Training Program

$5,566

 

Allocation for the State Treasurer

 

 

 

$12,811

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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