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Report: California among national leaders in cutting prison population and crime

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

In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent — both over the national average, according to a new report by the Sentencing Project. The group, which advocates for sentencing reform, found that during 2006-2012, the national violent crime rate dropped by about

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Paroled sex offender charged with new sex crime

Published on July 23, 2014, in News, Parolee News.

Another paroled child sex offender who was living in East County was arrested this week for another sexual assault. And this time, prosecutors want to put him away for a very long time. One of the questions in this case: did he get better while he served his time? Sheriff’s investigators say well, he committed

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Admissions Resume at Stockton Prison Health Facility

Published on July 22, 2014, in Corrections.

The federal receiver who manages medical care in California prisons reopened admissions Monday at a Stockton facility for the state’s sickest inmates. The receiver’s decision ends a temporary court-ordered suspension at Stockton’s California Health Care Facility. In early 2014 the federal overseer of medical care in California prisons suspended all transfers to the $800 million

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Admissions Resume at Stockton Prison Health Facility

Published on July 22, 2014, in Corrections, News.

The federal receiver who manages medical care in California prisons reopened admissions Monday at a Stockton facility for the state’s sickest inmates. The receiver’s decision ends a temporary court-ordered suspension at Stockton’s California Health Care Facility. In early 2014 the federal overseer of medical care in California prisons suspended all transfers to the $800 million

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Group Sues Top Calif. Prison Official To Release Info On Solitary Confinement

Published on July 9, 2014, in Corrections.

Solitary confinement opponents have filed a lawsuit hoping to get state officials to release thousands of documents about the use of “isolated segregation” in California prisons. KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports activists with California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC) are suing the state’s top corrections official for allegedly refusing to publicly disclose data regarding solitary

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CDCR audit to look for signs of double-dipping

Published on July 9, 2014, in Corrections.

State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, successfully requested an audit of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to ensure it hasn’t run afoul of pension-reform law to stop “double-dipping” from retired public employees. The audit would determine if the state prison agency’s administration is complying with rules for hiring and paying retired employees who already

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Countywide Gang Sweep Yields 12 Arrests

Published on July 9, 2014, in Parolee News.

A multi-agency sweep throughout Stanislaus County on Tuesday targeted gang members on parole or probation who are out of compliance and yielded 12 arrests. According to the Modesto Police Department, members of the the Modesto Police Department Street Gang Unit, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Ceres Police Department, Stanislaus County Probation, California Department of Corrections (Parole)

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Board Directs Staff to Respond to Jury Report on AB 109

Published on July 7, 2014, in Realignment.

Riverside County supervisors recently directed staff to respond within 60 days to a grand jury report citing shortcomings in how county agencies have handled state-mandated changes to public safety operations. In a 5-0 vote last Tuesday, without comment, the Board of Supervisors accepted an 18- page report detailing how the county has coped with AB

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Cell Phone Contraband In Prison Totals 9000 In California

Published on July 6, 2014, in Corrections.

Drako, the cell phone finding canine, was the first dog in the state to be cross trained in cell phones and narcotics. Yep, this doggy can actually smell a cell phone. Following Drako’s success, more dogs are intended to join the hunt for cell phones in prisons. “He’ll alert on a cell phone, he’ll alert

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sex-offender ordinance to be repealed

Published on July 6, 2014, in Parolee News.

Riverside County is poised to do away with an ordinance that sets rules on where sex offenders can live or visit in an effort to avoid a lawsuit. The county established sex-offender residency and loitering prohibitions for unincorporated areas in 2010, but the Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval last week to repeal the law

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