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.

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supervisors initially approved the transfer of inmates to the Taft facility, Supervisor Gloria Molina has recently withdrawn her support.

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.

McDonald Positioned to Oversee Jail Operations


(03/20/2013)
Terri McDonald has a long history with California corrections and is now continuing her journey in Los Angeles.

Beard Points California in the Right Direction

By Torrey Sims
(03/11/2013)
Correctional News recently caught up with Dr. Jeffrey Beard, Ph.D., the newly appointed secretary of corrections for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
 

Vacaville Facility Showcases California’s Progress

By Torrey Sims
(02/20/2013)
As California continues to work on reducing prison population in the state, they also have been busy making improvements to facilities, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) California Medical Facility’s (CMF) new outpatient treatment center in Vacaville.

CDCR Implements New Gang Management Reforms


(11/15/2012)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is now implementing a pilot program that will reduce long-term confinement in security housing units (SHU) and overhaul the way gangs are managed.

California Report

By Nick Warner, Managing Partner, Warner & Pank LLC, and Danielle Higgs, Legislative Representative/Business Consultant, Warner & Pank LLC
(07/12/2012)
On June 27th the California Legislature passed the remaining budget trailer bills including all those related to corrections and public safety, and the Governor signed all of the bills to complete the 2012-13 budget package.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Report


(05/23/2012)
On April 24, 2012, CDCR released their report, titled: The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Court Oversight, and Improve the Prison System.