CDCR Regains Health Care Control at Second Prison

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/30/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regained responsibility for providing medical care at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad in early March. This marks the second state prison that the CDCR regained medical care responsibilities for after a decade of federal control.
 

San Francisco Turns Down SB 863 Jail Funding


(03/30/2016)
San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy on March 23 notified the California Board of State and Community Corrections to rescind the City and County of San Francisco’s earlier request for $80 million in SB 863 funding. The written notification, directed to the board’s Deputy Director of County Facilities Construction Magi Work, also included a request to withdraw a 180-day extension of the deadline to submit a final proposal. The funding was originally intended for a project to replace the city and county’s aging jail facility.
 

Suit Claims Jail Renovations Put Inmate, Employee Health at Risk


(03/22/2016)
Citing a number of dangerous health impacts from blurred vision to chronic nosebleeds, inmates at the Santa Fe County Jail allege in a new lawsuit that their health was repeatedly put at risk during ongoing jail improvement and renovation projects in 2014.
 

Pitkin County Jail to Install Digital Cameras, Become ADA Compliant


(03/22/2016)
Not only is the Pitkin County Jail in Aspen being constructed to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but the project will also involve installing new digital cameras to replace a system that is more than a decade old.
 

Pitkin County Jail to Install Digital Cameras, Become ADA Compliant


(03/22/2016)
Not only is the Pitkin County Jail in Aspen being constructed to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but the project will also involve installing new digital cameras to replace a system that is more than a decade old.
 

New San Mateo Jail to See First Inmates March 19


(03/08/2016)
San Mateo County’s new $165 million jail facility, the Maple Street Correctional Facility, will soon be open for business.
 

Yakima County Jail to House Mentally Ill Inmates


(02/24/2016)
After sitting empty for almost five years, the Yakima County jail in March will start housing inmates being treated for mental illness.
 

Napa County Officials Seek Support for New Jail Construction


(02/24/2016)
Approximately 18 months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now urging local residents to support a bond measure that would help fund the construction of a new facility. Speaking with a local CBS affiliate in May 2015, Napa County Corrections Administrative Manager Brett Prebula explained that, while the jail appeared stable from the outside, the building actually sustained significant internal damage during the 6.0 magnitude quake and would need to be entirely rebuilt.
 

California Corrections Budget Continues to Increase


(01/27/2016)
In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a plan, titled “The Future of California Corrections,” that detailed how the state government was going to change the state’s prison system. Not only did the plan meet a court mandate to reduce prison overcrowding, but it said it would help improve criminal sentencing and save billions of dollars.
 

Shasta County Jail to Open New Sobering Cell


(01/19/2016)
Construction on a 90-square-foot sobering cell was recently completed on Dec. 29 at the Shasta County Jail in Redding.