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Jerry Brown blasts CalPERS board for authorizing pay enhancement for pension purposes

Published on August 20, 2014, in News, Public Employee.

A divided CalPERS board this morning approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay categories as counting toward state and local government pensions, including a temporary salary supplement that drew a sharp rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown. The 7-5 vote allows “temporary upgrade pay” for employees who briefly fill a higher-paying position to count toward retirement



Lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

Published on August 19, 2014, in Corrections, News.

California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women. The bill prohibits sterilization in correctional facilities



Prison company pays $8 million in back wages

Published on August 19, 2014, in News, Private Prisons.

The nation’s largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday. The payments came after an investigation found that the federal prison



Early jail releases have surged since California’s prison realignment

Published on August 18, 2014, in News, Realignment.

Ysasaga’s attorney, Jerry Lowe, said the parade of convicted offenders being turned away from the jail was common. “It became quite a joke,” he said. Across California, more than 13,500 inmates are being released early each month to relieve crowding in local jails — a 34% increase over the last three years. A Times investigation



Prisoner lawyers question three deaths at new prison

Published on August 18, 2014, in Corrections, News.

A legal team representing California prisoners is questioning adequacy of emergency medical care at the state’s newest prison, where admissions recently resumed after being halted to remedy problems. In an Aug. 4 memo to the court-appointed receiver in charge of California’s prison medical system, a lawyer for inmates details the deaths of three inmates at



California Prisons Begin ‘Use-of-Force’ Reforms for Mentally Ill Inmates

Published on August 18, 2014, in Corrections, News.

The number of inmates with mild to severe mental illness has grown to 37,000 in California, about a quarter of the prison population. A series of lawsuits brought by inmates against the state over the last two decades has exposed a correctional system poorly equipped to handle their extraordinary needs. Now California is trying to



Prison guards not allowed to read inmate mail, court rules

Published on August 11, 2014, in Corrections, News.

Prisons can inspect inmates’ mail to their lawyers for evidence of illegal activity, like escape plans, but can’t read the letters because of attorney-client confidentiality, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday. “A criminal defendant’s ability to communicate candidly and confidentially with his lawyer is essential to his defense,” the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of



Judge orders pension reform off ballot

Published on August 8, 2014, in Corrections, News.

An effort to change Ventura County’s pension system for future employees was derailed this week after a judge ruled that a measure introduced by taxpayer advocates is illegal and cannot go before the voters. Monday’s ruling by Ventura Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew delivered a blow to supporters of the proposal and a victory for



California not following recommendation on parole agent caseloads

California never adopted the recommendation that the caseloads of agents supervising sex offenders be reduced, despite the urging of a blue-ribbon task force that was set up after an arrest in the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, and the deaths of others at the hands of those under the state’s watch. Instead, agent caseloads remain at



California prisons alter ‘use of force’ policies for mentally ill inmates

Published on August 1, 2014, in Corrections, News.

State prison officials unveiled new policies Friday that they characterized as a “sweeping culture change” aimed at limiting the use of pepper spray and other force against mentally ill inmates. The policy changes, filed in Sacramento federal court as part of a long-running legal battle, essentially require prison guards to stop and consider alternatives to