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.

McDonald Positioned to Oversee Jail Operations

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
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
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

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
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

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.

California Gov. Brown Seeks to Cut Billions in Prison Construction

California may slash $4.1 billion in construction plans, bring back inmates housed in other states and close one of its costliest facilities.

Mega Project Takes Shape

By Lisa Kopochinski
With the slated completion date still about 18 months away, construction is buzzing on the site of the $900 million California Health Care Facility near Stockton, Calif.

Calif. Delays Awarding Death Row Contract

By Helen Christophi
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced late Wednesday that it has again delayed awarding a contract for the first phase of a new $356 million death row complex at San Quentin State Prison.