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Incarceration differentiation: Chances of being jailed vary across California

The number of inmates in California’s county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves such as Marin and San Francisco remain far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places such as Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties. San Joaquin

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California To Loosen Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

Published on March 27, 2015, in News, Parolee News.

California will alter its 8-year-old ban preventing all registered sex offenders from living near schools or parks, state officials announced Thursday, instead imposing the restriction only on pedophiles and others whose sex crimes involved children. The state corrections department said it is changing its policy in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that found

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Alameda County agrees to allocate more realignment funds to community-based organizations

Alameda County will approximately double the money it spends on programs helping people coming out of jail and prison under a plan approved by supervisors Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to allocate 50 percent of public safety funds generated by prison realignment on community-based organizations that serve the re-entry population in fiscal year

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Levine Prison Safety Bill Approved by Assembly Committee

Assembly Bill 293 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) was approved unanimously today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. AB 293 (Levine) will help improve safety in our prisons by requiring the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to establish statewide guidelines for investigating threats against California Correctional Peace Officers. “San Quentin houses some of the

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CDCR and California Community Colleges Partner to Expand College Opportunities to Inmates

Published on March 16, 2015, in Corrections, News.

Sacramento, California – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) have signed an agreement to expand and increase inmate access to community college courses that will lead to degrees, certificates or will transfer to a four-year university. The contract was made possible by the September 2014

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Exclusive: California pension reform measure to target Calpers

A ballot measure campaign to cut California’s public pensions will be launched in May by a coalition of politicians and business people led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, with the state’s largest retirement system a prime target. The measure would take aim at California’s $300 billion giant Calpers, which has a near-iron grip

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Judge Could End Federal Oversight of California Prison Health Care

Published on March 11, 2015, in Corrections, News.

On Tuesday, a federal judge outlined a plan to end federal oversight of California’s prison health care system, citing significant improvements over the last nine years, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (Thompson, AP/Sacramento Bee, 3/10). In 2006, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that federal oversight of the state’s prison health care system was needed after

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Judge expands California prison inmates federal lawsuit

Published on March 10, 2015, in Corrections, News.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge expanded a lawsuit filed by inmates being held in isolation at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison to include prisoners who transferred to another prison. The judge ruled Tuesday that inmates who spent more than 10 years in the Northern California prison’s security housing units but are now held

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Calif. inmate sentenced for 2013 attack on correctional officer

Published on March 5, 2015, in Corrections, News.

SACRAMENTO — A California prison inmate has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a 2013 attack on a correctional officer. Lafonzo Ray Turner, 42, was convicted by a Sacramento County jury of battery on a custodial officer with an enhancement for great bodily injury, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news

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California Supreme Court rejects blanket ban on where sex offenders can live

Published on March 2, 2015, in News, Parolee News.

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that statewide restrictions on where sex offenders may live violate the constitutional rights of parolees in San Diego County. The residential limits, passed by voters in 2006 as Jessica’s Law, bar registered sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of a school or park where children gather, regardless

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