Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Sal Rodriguez, Solitary Watch

Significant reductions in California’s use of solitary confinement in state prisons are expected to save the state millions of dollars, perhaps even more if state lawmakers heed the advice of the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). Contrary to warnings by Governor Jerry Brown and others, the reductions in isolation also appear to be coinciding with a measurable reduction in violence in California’s prisons.

With the state prison system’s use of segregation units down by over 50 percent in the past three years, the Governor’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year estimates savings of up to $28 million by converting underutilized segregation units for different uses.