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California amends punishment policy for mentally ill inmates

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

California prison officials said Friday they are changing state policy so mentally ill inmates who act out can get counseling instead of being automatically sent to isolation cells or kept in prison longer. It is the latest in a series of policy shifts after a federal judge ruled a year ago that the state’s treatment



California’s death row has literally run out of room

Published on March 31, 2015, in Corrections, News.

California’s crowded death row has reached capacity as more than 700 prisoners await execution at the state’s only capital punishment facility for men. San Quentin State Prison can accommodate just 715 of the state’s 751 death row inmates. It has not seen an execution since 2006, and a burgeoning death row population is expected to



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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