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Homeless parolees weigh on California counties

Published on July 5, 2014, in Parolee News.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown based his recent overhaul of the state corrections system in part on the idea that having those convicted of lower-level crimes supervised by county probation officers instead of state parole agents when they are released would help them stay clean, find jobs and avoid committing new crimes. A cornerstone of the

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Bill Would Expand GPS Electronic Monitoring

Published on July 3, 2014, in Parolee News.

“We are really experiencing what is putting a great stress on our county jails”, says 14th District State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla who has introduced Assembly Bill 2499, “this bill would allow the Sheriff along with his County Board of Supervisors to expand the electronic monitoring program to some of these prisoners that have been sent

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LA County’s top prosecutor embraces split sentencing

Published on July 2, 2014, in Realignment.

After years of resistance, L.A. County is poised to adopt a new split sentencing policy for non-violent felons that would mean less jail time for those convicted under 2011′s prison realignment policy and more supervised release in the community. L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she’s instructed prosecutors in her office that the so-called split

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Grand jury report suggests finding more funds

Published on July 2, 2014, in Realignment.

The grand jury found that while Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones and Probation Chief Brandon Thompson have made commendable effort to comply with the mandates of AB 109, the realignment funds provided by the state are inadequate. The grand jury’s recommendation is for county officials to seek funding beyond the mandated allotment. “There are not

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State begins takeover of private prison in Boise

Published on July 1, 2014, in Private Prisons.

The state takeover of a privately managed prison in Boise is now underway. Idaho corrections staff have been preparing for months to take over the 2,080-bed prison — the state’s largest — since Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced earlier this year he would not renew the $29 million-a-year contract with Corrections Corporations of America. That

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Arts-In-Corrections Programs Return To California Prisons

Published on July 1, 2014, in Corrections.

After a lengthy absence, California has reinstated its Arts-in Corrections program, which offers state prison inmates “direct instruction and guidance in the creation of and participation in visual, performing, literary and media arts,” according to KCET. The program was originally funded by the California Arts Council until 2003, when a 94 percent cut was made

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Museum to Honor California Prisons Needed?

Published on July 1, 2014, in Corrections.

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, (R-Roseville), in partnership with the Old Guard Foundation, is urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 1503, which would create the opportunity to build a state of the art museum honoring the history of California’s correction officers and highlighting the history behind California prisons, with an emphasis on Folsom Prison. AB

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The Buzz: Will ballot measure draw law enforcement foes?

Published on June 29, 2014, in Corrections.

The “Get out of jail free” cards featured in the board game Monopoly are often cited in debate over prison and jail sentencing reform. But might the phrase be co-opted by not-yet-revealed opponents of a fall campaign to reduce from felonies to misdemeanors certain nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and petty theft? The measure,

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Released inmates need more halfway houses, grand jury finds

Published on June 27, 2014, in Realignment.

Almost 700 criminal offenders overseen by Riverside County are homeless and there’s not enough transitional housing for newly released jail inmates who need special help as they re-enter society, a civil grand jury has found. Those observations were part of a recently issued jury report that examined the effects of public safety realignment on county

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Study: Realignment not changing recidivism

Published on June 27, 2014, in Realignment.

Prison realignment is doing what it’s intended to, but at what cost? There’s a new look at how often early-released inmates end up back in custody from the Public Policy Institute of California, or PPIC. State prisons have reduced populations, the key behind AB-109, the study says. But those inmates are ending up in county

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