Napa Co. Jail Faces Long Road to Recovery


(05/19/2015)
Nearly nine months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now estimating the impacted local jail will not reopen until mid 2016.

Mesa County Upgrades Offender Management


(05/19/2015)
Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD), located in Colorado’s Mesa County, recently modernized its offender management system, using the cloud to improve oversight.

California Funds Prison Rehab Programs


(05/12/2015)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) earlier this month awarded a number of one-time grants aimed at expanding rehabilitative programs in the state’s prisons.

Kern County Justice Facility Closer to Construction

By Lindsey Coulter
(05/06/2015)
Work on the new $100.5 million Kern County Justice Facility in Bakersfield is on track to begin in August 2015. This first phase of construction is scheduled to wrap up by June 2017, and is being built with the aid of the state’s AB 900 funding allocation.

Los Angeles Predicts Big Spending, Including Prison Funding


(05/06/2015)
Los Angeles County is hoping to spend at least a hefty $100 million alone on resolving the ongoing issues in the county involving health care and mainly prisons.

Mendocino County Seeks Post-Realignment Funding

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/15/2015)
County jails will be competing for the about $500 million from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-2016 budget proposal allotted to the latest round of facilities funding to help offset the effects of California realignment, aka AB 109. Although the state has provided about $1.7 billion for new jail construction — $1.2 billion from AB 900 and $500 million from SB 1022 — since AB 109 was passed in 2011, not all of the counties needing help have received jail construction funding. One of those counties is Mendocino County in Northern California.

California to Provide Counseling to Mentally Ill Inmates


(04/08/2015)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced recently that mentally ill inmates in the state’s prison system will now receive more humane treatment. The state filed a new policy earlier this month to allow mentally ill inmates to participate in counseling after an incident as opposed to receiving extended sentences or being sent directly to isolation cells.

California Prisoners Now Have Ability to get Four-Year Degree


(03/18/2015)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) along with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges have recently come to an agreement to allow more and more current prisoners the ability to acquire academic certificates, degrees and credits, which will in most cases transfer over to a four-year university atmosphere.

Santa Clara County Moves Forward with Jail Plan


(03/11/2015)
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to take steps toward the construction of a new jail in San Jose.

San Mateo County Facility to Receive Security Upgrades


(02/11/2015)
Following a 4-1 vote by the San Mateo County Board of Directors, Maguire Correctional Facility will undergo more than $5 million in safety renovations and improvements. The upgrades will help to integrate video visitation and will include an overall systems modernization.