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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

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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

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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

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Reality Check: Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime? Not Exactly.

Published on July 29, 2014, in News, Realignment.

California started reducing its overcrowded prisons in 2006 and in recent years the population reduction program, also known as realignment, has dramatically accelerated. Many thought that with more and more prisoners being released early, and back on the streets, crime would go up. However, according to a new report, both violent and property crime decreased

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Man Attacked by Squatter in Highland Home

Published on July 29, 2014, in News, Realignment.

The victim suffered severe injuries to his face before he was able to get away, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators believe Phung, who was recently released from prison as part of the realignment plan known as AB 109, was living in the vacant home and he was found by deputies hiding

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Editorial: The false promises of GPS ankle monitors

Published on July 28, 2014, in News, Parolee News.

On July 20, this newspaper published a nationwide review of new crimes committed by former inmates fitted with GPS-tracking ankle bracelets. The litany of rapes, murders, robberies and other crimes is long and terrifying. Transients Steven Gordon and Frank Cano are charged with going on a rape and murder spree that left four women dead

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Lawsuits over Valley fever pile up against California’s prison system

Published on July 28, 2014, in Corrections, News.

When Jeremy Romo was packed off to prison in 2012 for illegal possession of a firearm, he says he was as healthy as anyone, a construction worker who ran three miles each weekday and five miles on weekends. By the time he was released in July 2013, the 34-year-old Manteca man says he had become

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CDC Says Calif. Inmates Should Be Tested for Valley Fever Immunity

Published on July 28, 2014, in Corrections, News.

In the report, CDC recommended that the state begin using hypersensitivity skin tests to detect inmates who previously were exposed to valley fever, making them largely immune to the illness. The skin tests — recently approved by FDA — involve an injection of a noninfectious strain of the illness and then a follow-up screening 48

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Realignment: Progress and Challenges

Published on July 24, 2014, in Realignment.

Expectations were high when California rolled out public safety realignment in October 2011; many expressed optimism that the reform would significantly address prison overcrowding and reduce the state’s high recidivism rate. Now that realignment is approaching the three-year mark, has the reform delivered? In some important ways, yes, it has. But a fundamental issue remains:

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California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment

Published on July 24, 2014, in Corrections.

A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment. Prison officials acknowledge they respond to outbreaks of violence by ordering sanctions, including sweeping lockdowns, that can last for months. They say every inmate

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