A panel of federal judges has extended California’s deadline to cut its prison population to about 110,000 inmates until April 18, 2014.
Republican lawmakers have proposed more than a dozen bills to counter Governor Brown’s prison plan, calling it a threat to public safety.
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.
With Monday marking one year since the state’s prison realignment legislation went into effect, the American Civil Liberties Union of California Thursday released an assessment of the realignment process thus far and how voters perceive the state’s criminal justice system.
Contra Costa County has received a $750,000 federal grant to help paroled low-level offenders successfully re-enter the community and avoid returning to jail or prison.
California’s budget-saving prison realignment program could end up costing the state a third of its firefighting crews if a deal can’t be reached to keep inmates on the fire lines.
Several organizations that promote voting rights have petitioned the state’s Court of Appeal to give convicted felons who have been placed under regional supervision as part of prison realignment the right to vote.
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’s prison realignment plan takes effect Saturday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state’s overcrowded prisons constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison realignment plan, tens of thousands of lower-level criminals who otherwise would go to state prisons will instead be sentenced to county jails and rehabilitation programs if they are convicted after that date.