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O.C. is less Republican than it used to be

Published on November 17, 2014, in News.

Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote. Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from

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State of California Awards Prison Health Contract to Health Net Federal Services

Published on November 13, 2014, in Corrections, News.

Health Net Federal Services, LLC (Health Net), a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., today announced that it has entered into a contract with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to continue providing CDCR a network of community-based specialty health care providers. “We’re pleased for the opportunity to work with CDCR to integrate claims processing

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Hundreds Of Inmates Freed From California Jails After Voters Pass Prop. 47

A ballot measure passed by voters last week has already freed hundreds of inmates from California county jails after their felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors. Sheriffs across the state immediately began implementing the Proposition 47, which calls for treating shoplifting, forgery, fraud, petty theft and possession of small amounts of drugs, including cocaine, heroin

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Victims group sues over slow California executions

Published on November 6, 2014, in Corrections, News.

A victims’ rights organization sued California state officials on Thursday as it seeks to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006. Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court asking a judge to order state corrections officials to adopt procedures for a single-drug, barbiturate-only method of execution.

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More than 60% of state parole agents’ caseloads exceed policy limits

More than 60% of California’s parole agents monitoring sex offenders have caseloads that exceed department policy, a report released Wednesday from the Office of the Inspector General found. An agent can have 20 high-risk or 40 non-high-risk cases, or an equal combination of the two, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s policy.

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HP Extends California Inmate Database Support

Published on October 29, 2014, in Corrections, News.

Hewlett Packard has landed a $116.5 million contract extension to help the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation manage the agency’s electronic prisoners data system for five additional years. HP’s enterprise services business will continue to provide hosting, disaster recovery and backup services for the state’s Strategic Offender Management System, the company said Tuesday. The

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California prisons to end racial lockdown policy

Published on October 23, 2014, in Corrections, News.

The California prison system has agreed to settle a long-running civil rights lawsuit by ending race-based lockdowns of inmates, court records show. The 21-page stipulated settlement, which has not been filed in court but was published online by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, provides for lockdowns in the prison system of the country’s most

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California Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison

Published on October 5, 2014, in Corrections, News.

Twenty years ago, amid a national panic over crime, California voters adopted the country’s most stringent three-strikes law, sentencing repeat felons to 25 years to life, even if the third offense was a minor theft. The law epitomized the tough-on-crime policies that produced overflowing prisons and soaring costs. Erik Eckholm in the New York Times

 

Attorney General Says Crime Down Across California

Published on October 2, 2014, in Corrections, News.

Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said. The violent crime rate per 100,000 residents decreased to its lowest level since 1967, the state Department of Justice said in a new report posted on its website. Violent crimes were down 6.5 percent from 2012, while property crimes were

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Judge: Stockton can reject CalPERS contract to pay creditors

Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits. Stockton argued that it must make its pension contributions for public employees before its creditors are paid the

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