Eight California Prisons Earn ACA Accreditation


(08/27/2014)
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


(08/13/2014)
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


(05/21/2014)
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


(02/26/2014)
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
(01/29/2014)
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
(01/22/2014)
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.

California to Add 7,000 Correctional Officers Over Three Years


(12/10/2013)
Amid struggles to reduce an ever-growing prison population, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is now grappling with a correctional officer shortfall.

Los Angeles County May Cancel Taft Contract, Expand Mira Loma


(11/27/2013)
Los Angeles County has reached a tentative agreement to move more than 500 inmates to the Taft Community Correctional Facility near Bakersfield, Calif. Though three Los Angeles County supervisors initially approved the transfer of inmates to the Taft facility, Supervisor Gloria Molina has recently withdrawn her support.

California Prison Population Deadline Extended Another Month

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/30/2013)
Earlier this month, federal judges gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population to the mandated population cap of 137.5 percent capacity, while negotiations continue.

AB 109 Turns Two, Makes Strides for CDCR


(10/23/2013)
Two years ago, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 or the Public Safety Realignment Act, which required the realignment of several low-level prisoners in an effort to reduce the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 2013.