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Published on March 2, 2015, in News.

WEST SACRAMENTO – The California Correctional Peace Officers Association announced today that Nichol Gomez-Pryde has been promoted to Director of Communications. Nichol comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience representing California correctional peace officers. In 1996 she began her career in CCPOA’s Legislative office as the Director of Research. In that position she helped



CALIFORNIA: Sex offender law too restrictive, court rules

Setting the stage for lawsuits in the Inland region and across the state, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday, March 2, that blanket restrictions on where paroled sex offenders may live are a violation of the parolees’ rights. The ruling dealt a serious blow to enforcement of Jessica’s Law in San Diego County, where the



Condom vending machines introduced to prisons in California

Published on February 25, 2015, in Corrections, News.

A controversial new law has been introduced in California requiring all prisons in the state to install condom vending machines. The new legislation stipulates that within the next five years California must start distributing condoms in around three dozen state prisons… Neela Debnath in the Independent UK


Stone bill aims to decrease recidivism

Published on February 23, 2015, in Corrections, News.

With an eye on reducing the population in California’s overcrowded prisons, Assemblymember Mark Stone on Monday announced a new bill that could triple early-release credits for some inmates. If passed into law, AB 512 would increase the credits inmates can earn for participating in rehabilitative programs, such as educational classes and vocational training, to up



Spike in prison homicides refocuses attention on overpopulation

Published on February 18, 2015, in Corrections, News.

SACRAMENTO — California’s extraordinary rate of prison homicides is rekindling a debate about how California protects vulnerable prisoners, especially sex offenders. Experts say trimming the inmate population is the best hope for protecting sex offenders. Their recommendations respond to an Associated Press report that the state’s long-term inmate homicide rate is twice the national average



Advisors push Brown administration to estimate prison savings

nalysts for the state Legislature determined the state could save $20 million in private prison costs due to Proposition 47, the statewide ballot initiative voters approved in November that makes drug possession and minor theft charges misdemeanor crimes. However, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office cautioned that the potential savings is difficult to estimate because Gov.



County Plans To Seek State Funds To Build New Jail Tower, Add Beds For Mentally Ill

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

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to ask the state to pay for a new tower and repair work at the county’s Main Jail to keep up with a spike in state prison inmates and those in need of mental health treatment. “I believe we have to face the



Judge wants death penalty issue to move forward

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

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has denied a bid from the state to toss out a lawsuit that pushes for the execution of condemned murderers, such as Stockton’s Michael Morales, whose case has led to an indefinite moratorium on executions in California. One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is the brother of Terri Lynn



California to make condoms available in prisons statewide

Published on February 4, 2015, in Corrections, News.

Last September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating that condoms be available in all of the state’s 34 adult prisons. California is only the second state, after Vermont, to provide condoms to inmates. Health advocates say condoms in correction facilities can save lives and prevent the spread of disease. But laws against sex



Federal judge orders California to stop isolation housing of disabled inmates

Published on February 3, 2015, in Corrections, News.

A federal judge in Oakland has ordered California to stop the “regular” practice of putting disabled inmates into segregation units because it lacks room elsewhere in its prisons. The order by Judge Claudia Wilken, who also is hearing a class-action lawsuit over the state’s use of solitary confinement, comes following hearings last week. Wilken on