A California state proposition that reclassified six felony offenses as misdemeanors passed on Nov. 4 with a 58 percent vote, and now has public defender and defense attorney lines ringing off the hook.
The Franklin County Justice Center in Pasco recently completed a 56,000-square-foot addition and major renovations to its existing space. Inmates were moved into the new wing in April, while the project team worked on the renovations, which were completed earlier this fall.
American Prison Data Systems recently announced a partnership with the San Francisco Sheriff and Probation Departments to deploy more than 100 tablet devices across four facilities in the city’s jail and probation system.
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill prohibiting forced or coerced sterilization in all state prisons. The bill, SB 1135, was a response to a 2013 Center for Investigative Reporting report that stated unlawful and coercive sterilization procedures had been performed on female inmates in two state prisons as recently as 2010.
Construction on an estimated $3.5 million expansion to nearly double the capacity of Elko County Jail began in early August, with locally-based Ormaza Construction Inc. serving as the construction manager.
Changes to California’s prison realignment funding formula based on poverty rates and the effects of state prisons on the counties in which they are located will result in correctional funding boosts for several counties. These funds will provide more support for jails and probation programs, and could be used to increase beds or expand efforts to end recidivism.
Following the Aug. 24 earthquake that damaged hundreds of Napa County buildings, the county’s Department of Corrections has obtained a court order allowing the transfer of some of inmates from the impacted jail to nearby facilities.
A new study released by Oregon State University (OSU) shows Hispanics are disproportionately represented in private prisons across the United States, while white inmates are underrepresented, a pattern which could leave private correctional facilities vulnerable to legal challenges.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Aug. 15 for the $113 million expansion to the Public Safety Center in Ceres, located outside of Modesto. It is the largest capital project launched by the Stanislaus County government.
Eight California prisons recently earned accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, the official accrediting body of the American Correctional Association, bringing the state’s total to 16 approved facilities.