California to Add 7,000 Correctional Officers Over Three Years

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

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supervisors initially approved the transfer of inmates to the Taft facility, Supervisor Gloria Molina has recently withdrawn her support.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
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

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

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

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
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

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
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
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.