Department of Corrections
A federal judicial panel on Thursday denied Gov. Jerry Brown’s request to lift a court-ordered prison population cap and threatened him and other state officials with contempt of court if they fail to comply.
he number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the state corrections department.
California prison officials want to halt a $4 billion prison-construction program and bring back all inmates held out of state as part of a wide-ranging department restructuring.
With black market cell phones helping some of California’s most dangerous criminals stay connected to the outside world, corrections officials have announced a plan to block illegal cell phone calls by inmates.
California prisons marked a milestone Friday, when officials said they had removed the last of nearly 20,000 beds that had been jammed into gymnasiums and other common areas to house inmates who overflowed traditional prison cells.
An innovative program is taking California’s felons and problem parolees, teaching them how to become highly skilled deep sea divers and keeping them out of jail.
California prison officials have sent layoff notices to 545 employees, including 140 guards, as the inmate population declines to comply with a federal court order.
11,000 low-level offenders have been shifted from prison to county jails under the state prison realignment program and the governor is looking to cut another $1.1 billion from the prison budget.
State corrections officials say that after one month realignment has been going smoothly, but there is still a lot more work to be done.
California prison officials are threatening to discipline thousands of inmates who are participating in a statewide hunger strike.