California Regains Oversight of Folsom State Prison

Oversight of Folsom State Prison’s (FSP) medical services is once again in the hands of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), according to a July 14 statement by the CDCR.

California Funds Prison Rehab Programs

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.

California Prisoners Now Have Ability to get Four-Year Degree

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.

California Prisons to End Forced Sterilization

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.

Eight California Prisons Earn ACA Accreditation

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.

California Curbs Pepper Spray Use, Physical Force

Policies concerning the treatment of mentally ill inmates in California correctional facilities underwent significant changes on August 1.

CDCR Chooses R.J. Donovan Facility Project Team

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently chose Tempe, Ariz.-headquartered Sundt Construction and joint-venture partner Layton Construction, with offices in Phoenix, as the design-build contractor for the new housing facility at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Complex located near San Diego.

Court Gives California Two Years to Lower Prison Population

On Feb. 10, a three-judge panel approved the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s proposal for a two-year extension to Feb. 28, 2016 to reduce the state’s prison population to 137.5 percent capacity.

Adelanto Detention Center to Debut Over Budget

By Jessie Fetterling
The grand opening of the Adelanto Detention Center expansion project is scheduled for Feb. 6 and will debut the additional 1,392 beds being added to the existing 706-bed Adelanto facility.

Top 5 Corrections Stories of 2013

By Jessie Fetterling
The corrections industry made several headlines in 2013. Perhaps the biggest ongoing story of the year followed the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as it dealt with prison overcrowding mandates.