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For-profit prison group drops plans for third jail in Adelanto

ADELANTO – Geo Group Inc., a global for-profit prison operator, has decided to vacate plans to construct a 1,050-bed facility in the city, officials said Wednesday. The Adelanto City Council was expected to vote to accept Geo Group’s request to drop its plans at a City Council meeting on Wednesday. While several Geo employees turned



Probation check yields multiple arrests

Some of those arrested were found to be in violation of their PRCS release conditions. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station routinely works in conjunction with county probation and state parole offices to monitor the whereabouts and activities of parolees and probationers who have been granted PRCS status under AB109 to ensure that they remain in



At Least 10 Killed When Prison Bus Strikes Train in Texas

Published on January 14, 2015, in Corrections, News.

At least 10 people were killed Wednesday when a bus carrying state prisoners skidded off an icy highway overpass in West Texas, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing train, a county sheriff said. The overpass on Interstate 20 was slick with ice Wednesday morning when the Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus



Watchdog: California requiring lie detector tests for sex offenders

Published on January 8, 2015, in News, Parolee News.

Paroled sex offenders in California must take periodic lie detector tests and participate in more treatment programs in response to calls for stricter oversight in recent years. On Thursday, state officials said they are backing the new effort with millions in additional funding. The state spent about $8.5 million on contractors who provide polygraph exams,



Prison nurses: ‘1-size’ approach to staffing won’t work

Published on January 8, 2015, in News, Public Employee.

Salinas Valley State Prison nurses expressed doubt Thursday that a proposed one-size-fits-all approach to medical staffing will work at the high-security facility. A spokesperson for the federal receivership, which oversees healthcare at California prisons, countered Thursday, arguing the new staffing model will ultimately move nurses where they’re most necessary within the prison… Allison Gatlin in



CDCR To Launch Statewide Prison EHR System Test Sites This Year

Published on January 6, 2015, in Corrections, News.

In April 2012, CDCR issued a request for proposal for an electronic system to keep track of the medical records of about 120,000 inmates across the state. The project has a budget of about $59 million and began about 18 months ago. CDCR spokesperson Liz Gransee said the project is not yet complete, but that



Hundreds of prisoners freed under Prop 47

n the two months since Proposition 47 was passed by California voters, hundreds of men and women who had been serving time in prisons across the state have been freed. As of Dec. 31, 966 people have been released from custody because the new law reduced their felony convictions for crimes such as basic drug



State prison populations down to lowest point in a decade

Published on December 31, 2014, in Corrections, News.

The number of Americans under supervision of state adult correctional systems has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the federal government said Tuesday, while the number of people serving time in federal prison fell for the first time in more than three decades. Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed 6,899,000 adults



Prop. 47 to change the criminal landscape

Despite strong opposition from law enforcement personnel throughout California, Proposition 47 became a state statute after it passed with 59 percent of the statewide vote Nov. 4. The initiative will now reduce the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from felonies to misdemeanors, including personal drug use, forgery, fraud, robberies and



Folsom’s prisons raise $4,000 for families of fallen officers

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

Employees at Folsom State Prison and California State Prison-Sacramento, held a fundraiser in support for the families of the two fallen officers of Sacramento and Placer counties. On Oct. 28, Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Deputy Michael Davis were both fatally shot in the line of duty, said California State Prison-Sacramento Lt.