Thursday, April 3, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Study: Juvenile population in California prisons drops dramatically, but percentage of minorities still high

Rina Palta, Southern California Public Radio

The number of children incarcerated in secured, locked facilities across the U.S. went down 41 percent between 2001 and 2011. But not all groups of children benefited equally from the drop, according to a new study.

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Brown open to fine-tuning criminal justice changes
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements. The Democratic governor said that what many law enforcement officials want most is more money, but that's still in short supply despite the state's budget surplus.

The realignment law, pushed by Brown, took effect in October 2011. He saw it as a way of reducing prison spending while lowering the inmate population in response to federal court orders. It keeps most lower-level offenders in county jails instead of sending them to state prisons.


California adds another private prison
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- California corrections officials have agreed to lease another private prison within the state, telling the GEO Group it will get $9 million a year to house some 260 female inmates at a facility north of Bakersfield.


California bill tackles sterilization of female inmates
Aljazeera America

A bill was presented to the California Senate Health Committee on Wednesday that aims to close loopholes that allowed doctors under contract with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to sterilize hundreds of female inmates without state approval.

New Bill Pushes for Expanded DNA Testing in California
Legislation would improve access to DNA testing for convicted prisoners seeking exoneration.
Brian Heaton, Government Technology News

California lawmakers are considering legislation that gives wrongfully convicted prisoners a better shot at proving their innocence and being exonerated.

Senate Bill 980 allows inmates convicted on the basis of eyewitness testimony or means other than biological evidence to have improved access to DNA testing. Introduced by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, the measure clarifies testing standards and procedures so inmates can benefit from advancements in DNA technology.

Jail decision delayed
Officials hoping additional state money will come to pay for county jail
David Castellon, Visalia Times-Delta

Tulare County officials will hold off until August on making a decision on whether to accept a $33.3 million state grant to build a new jail north of Visalia. That should give them time to find out if state legislators decide put enough dollars into the next round of grants to pay for county jail construction to restore some or all of the $6.7 million Tulare County lost from its original grant allocation.