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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.



Monrovia Law Enforcement Assist in Probation Sweep Netting 30

On Wednesday morning, Dec. 17, the West San Gabriel Valley Anti-Crime Task Force, with assistance from neighboring local law enforcement partners, conducted Operation Silent Night – a large-scale regional effort aimed at conducting compliance checks on people currently on probation under Realignment (AB 109) guidelines. The “Zero Tolerance” focus of the enforcement sweep was aimed



Vacaville police arrest man suspected of assault

Published on December 17, 2014, in News, Parolee News.

Police arrested a Vacaville man after he allegedly assaulted a business owner with a large piece of wood Tuesday evening. Police later found Pugh walking down the middle of the street near East Monte Vista Avenue and Brown Street. He was arrested without incident under suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and an unrelated



Psychiatric Technicians Say Patients and Staff in Danger in California’s State Prisons

Published on December 16, 2014, in Corrections, News.

The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians is holding an informational meeting 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, December 22, at the Corcoran YMCA Senior Center (900 Dairy Road) to address the union’s protest of the drastically inadequate staffing changes at California State Prison-Corcoran and potentially other state prisons. “This new staffing model is just not



Inmates who work as janitors, cooks in California prisons would be eligible for early release

Inmates who work as janitors, cooks and groundskeepers in California’s overcrowded prisons would be eligible for early release under a proposed legal settlement. The settlement was filed Friday in federal court, where judges would need to approve it before any changes take effect. The Los Angeles Times reports that an estimated 4,300 inmates who form



California agrees to let prison laborers leave early

Published on December 12, 2014, in Corrections, News.

California prison officials have agreed to allow minimum custody inmates who provide the bulk of the state prison system’s menial labor force to be eligible for early release. The settlement agreement, filed in federal court Friday, would affect an estimated 4,300 inmates in the state’s crowded prison system, inmate lawyers said. If federal judges concur,



Calif. surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney from inmate

Published on December 3, 2014, in Corrections, News.

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California surgeon has been disciplined for removing a prison inmate’s healthy kidney and leaving the diseased one intact. The Orange County Register reported Tuesday that Dr. Charles Coonan Streit was placed on probation for three years by the state Medical Board. The board said Streit, a urologist who has had



Nonviolent felons to be up for early parole in California

State prison officials say 5,000 to 6,000 inmates serving extended sentences for second-time, nonviolent felony convictions will be eligible for parole next year under new procedures ordered by a federal court to reduce prison overcrowding. But a lawyer for prisoners whose 2001 suit against the state led to the court order said the rules announced