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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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“Operation Broken Heart” nets 275 child predators in Calif.

Published on June 27, 2014, in Parolee News.

Of those arrested, California parole agents picked up 186 sex offenders for violating their terms of release. Officials said three were found in possession of child pornography; many were found in places where they’re barred such as parks and schools. Of the 186 sex offenders taken into custody, 155 were sent back to court with

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Parolee in custody after wild chase in El Cajon

Published on June 27, 2014, in Parolee News.

A parolee is taken into custody after leading police on a chase in El Cajon. The cameras were rolling as officers took down their man in dramatic fashion. Police say they chased the suspect over a rooftop and through a backyard in the 400 block of Richfield Avenue Friday morning. A fugitive caught — El

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Brown Signs Bill Extending Inmate Transfers To Reduce Overcrowding

Published on June 24, 2014, in Corrections.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed into law a bill (AB 1512) that allows county jails to transfer inmates to other counties in an effort to reduce overcrowding and avoid the early release of prisoners, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports. In 2006, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that federal oversight of the state prison

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Police Conduct Compliance Checks

Published on June 23, 2014, in Realignment.

On June 17, 2014 the Los Banos Police Department in collaboration with California State Parole conducted a series of compliance checks on State Parolees, Merced County Probationers and individuals released under California’s AB109- State Prison Realignment. The State of California has provided the Department funding for these types of operations; these operations allow the Department

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Solano law enforcment to team up to run Special Olympics torch through community

Published on June 23, 2014, in Corrections.

The following law enforcement agencies will be participating in this year’s torch run: Benicia Police Department, Vallejo Police Department, Solano County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield Police Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Solano Prison), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (California Medical Facility), Vacaville Police Department, and Dixon Police Department. The Special Olympics torch is

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Calif. jails left underfunded, unprepared for influx of inmates

Published on June 23, 2014, in Realignment.

It’s been about three years since California turned the justice system on its head and told counties that many of the prisoners they usually sent to the state would have to stay put. It was called realignment. It was meant to help balance the state budget after the recession gutted California’s economy. And while the

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California Voters Consider Reducing Penalties for Nonviolent Crimes

Published on June 23, 2014, in Corrections.

Supporters of a voter initiative in California to reduce sentences for nonviolent crimes hope to gain bipartisan support for the issue, saying it will relieve crowding in prisons while adding the money saved to be used in community programs. The Californians for Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act would reduce lower level felonies such as minor

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