California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced recently that mentally ill inmates in the state’s prison system will now receive more humane treatment. The state filed a new policy earlier this month to allow mentally ill inmates to participate in counseling after an incident as opposed to receiving extended sentences or being sent directly to isolation cells.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) along with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges have recently come to an agreement to allow more and more current prisoners the ability to acquire academic certificates, degrees and credits, which will in most cases transfer over to a four-year university atmosphere.
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.
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supervisors initially approved the transfer of inmates to the Taft facility, Supervisor Gloria Molina has recently withdrawn her support.
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.
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.