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.

Brown Signs New Prison Population Plan Into Law


(09/18/2013)
Following a bitter battle between California Gov. Jerry Brown and a three-judge federal panel, lawmakers have approved a $315 million plan to bring California’s prison population in compliance with federal orders.
 

Five CDCR Prisons Receive ACA Accreditation


(08/21/2013)
The American Correctional Association (ACA) has certified five correctional facilities under the operation of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in its 143rd Congress of Correction.

California Inmate Hunger Strike Continues

By Audrey Arthur
(08/14/2013)
More than a month has passed since thousands of inmates began a widespread hunger strike demanding an end to the use of Security Housing Units (SHUs) in correctional facilities under the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
 

Geo Community Reentry Services to Operate California Day Reporting Centers


(08/14/2013)
The California Department of Corrections and the Division of Adult Parole Operations has hired Geo Community Reentry Services, a division of Boca Raton, Fla.-based The Geo Group, to operate four intensive parolee reentry centers.
 

Inmate Housing Facilities Planned for California

By Maggie Ryan
(07/17/2013)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) received authorization from 2012 Senate Bill 1022 to begin the process of designing and constructing three new dorm buildings at any of four existing correctional center locations, including California Institute for Men in Chino, California State Prison and Sacramento/Folsom State Prison in Represa, California State Prison and Solano/California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) in Ione or Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego.
 

PODCAST: Brown Files New Prison Plan to Reduce Population

By Audrey Arthur
(05/08/2013)
In order to meet a federal court-mandated deadline and evade being held in contempt, Gov. Jerry Brown filed a new prison plan late Thursday night that aims to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons over the next year.
 

Mental Health Facility Opens for California Inmates


(04/17/2013)
The California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo will open a mental health facility for inmates in order to address serious federal concerns of malpractice in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
 

Federal Receiver Suggests New Health Care Authority Position in California


(04/17/2013)
Consultants have advised a federal receiver of the California prison health care system to create a new position focused solely on the health care of inmates.
 

Brown Given Stern Deadline to Fix Overcrowding


(04/17/2013)
California Governor Jerry Brown has been given 21 days to reduce the number of inmates from the state’s 33 correctional facilities or will be held in contempt, according to federal judges.