Thursday, October 8, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

California state prison inmates are receiving free condoms inside the institution, and the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville has been one of the first to implement the program.

The state’s goal is to improve the health and welfare of all involved in California correctional institutions and to reduce health risks, but correctional officers argue it poses more risks.

Approximately 21,000 condoms have been distributed between July 24 and Sept. 4, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), 5,000 of which have been distributed at CMF.

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

California prison inmates can now obtain condoms from free dispensers, under a new state law meant to combat AIDS infections, but the prison guards’ union is warning of dire consequences.

“We absolutely support efforts to reduce the spread of disease in prison, but safe sex for inmates means more risk for officers,” Chuck Alexander, president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, said in a news release Wednesday.

REALIGNMENT

Linda Strean, Public CEO

Local law enforcement and corrections officials have risen to the challenge of public safety realignment, a panel of local and state officials concluded last week. They also concurred that big challenges remain.

Four years ago, local officials had to adapt—and adapt quickly—to this historic policy shift in California. Prompted by a federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding, the state shifted responsibility for incarcerating and supervising low-level felons from the state to the counties, based on the idea that the locals could do a better job. The panelists at a PPIC event in Sacramento assessed the hurdles they’ve had to overcome and the challenges that remain.