jail http://kvpr.org en Fresno County To Pursue State Funds for $80 Million Jail Expansion http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-pursue-state-funds-80-million-jail-expansion <p class="p1">The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted today to submit a grant application to the state to fund a new $80 million jail annex. The proposed new West Annex Jail in downtown Fresno would house 300 inmates and would also include treatment facilities.</p><p class="p1">As part of the application the county agreed to set aside $8.8 million to help fund the project. If built, the county would be required to operate the facility for at least 10 years. The county hopes the new facility will replace the agin south jail annex in courthouse park.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:43:17 +0000 Joe Moore 23411 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County To Pursue State Funds for $80 Million Jail Expansion 1500 Inmates Serving More Time in Jails Designed for Shorter Stays http://kvpr.org/post/1500-inmates-serving-more-time-jails-designed-shorter-stays <p></p><p>A survey by the state Sherriff’s Association shows over 1500 inmates in California are serving 5 years or more at local jails that are equipped for shorter stays. As KPCC’s state capitol reporter Julie Small reports, the survey looked at the effects of California’s realignment law.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:02:33 +0000 Julie Small 11784 at http://kvpr.org 1500 Inmates Serving More Time in Jails Designed for Shorter Stays Fresno County to Explore Housing Inmates In Other Counties http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-explore-housing-inmates-other-counties <p></p><p>Fresno County is exploring the possibility of contracting with other counties to house inmates in their jails, as soon as January of next year.</p><p>The Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with the analysis of what such a plan would cost at its meeting on Tuesday.</p><p>It’s part of an effort to stem the early release of prisoners from the county jail.&nbsp;A pair of new state laws allow counties to place inmates in jail facilities in other counties when their own jails reach capacity.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:38:07 +0000 Joe Moore 5245 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County to Explore Housing Inmates In Other Counties One Year In, Too Soon to Evaluate Prison Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/one-year-too-soon-evaluate-prison-realignment <p></p><p>It’s been one year since Governor Jerry Brown shifted responsibility for low-level offenders in California from the state to counties.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, experts say it’s too soon to truly assess the impact of the governor’s “realignment” program.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 01:49:32 +0000 Ben Adler 5150 at http://kvpr.org One Year In, Too Soon to Evaluate Prison Realignment Kern County to Pursue New Jail With $100 Million Grant http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-pursue-new-jail-100-million-grant <p>The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to accept a $100 million state grant that would help fund construction of a new jail at the existing Lerdo&nbsp;pre-trial facility. As a condition of the grant, the county also committed over $22 million in matching funds to support construction of the facility, which will house around 800 mostly medium security inmates.</p><p>The county had previously been awarded a similar grant in 2008, but had to reject the funding because it was unable to allocate the matching funds required the state.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:38:42 +0000 Joe Moore 3116 at http://kvpr.org "Trust Act" Heads to California Governor's Desk http://kvpr.org/post/trust-act-heads-california-governors-desk <p>California lawmakers have approved a bill designed to stop undocumented immigrants from being deported unless they’ve been convicted or charged with a serious or violent felony. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the bill passed Friday after heated debate on the Assembly floor.</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:15:35 +0000 Amy Quinton 2962 at http://kvpr.org Study Highlights High Incarceration Rate in Valley Counties http://kvpr.org/post/study-highlights-high-incarceration-rate-valley-counties <p>A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice shows that Valley Counties on average send more people to jail and state prison than the rest of the state. Kings County topped the list with the state&#39;s highest per capita population in state prison, over 1,500 adults for every 100,000 people. Tulare and Kern counties weren&#39;t far behind.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:38:36 +0000 Joe Moore 1766 at http://kvpr.org Study Highlights High Incarceration Rate in Valley Counties With Realignment, Fresno County Jail Floor Likely to Reopen http://kvpr.org/post/realignment-fresno-county-jail-floor-likely-reopen <p>Since 2010, the second and third floors the Fresno County Jail in Downtown Fresno have been empty. Budget cuts resulted in the layoffs of around 70 officers who worked in the jail, forcing Sheriff Margaret Mims to close the floors, and begin the early release of prisoners.</p><p>"Right now our capacity is at about 2,300 inmates and we run at 100 percent capacity almost all of the time," said Mims.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 18:56:03 +0000 Ezra Romero 300 at http://kvpr.org On Quality of Life: State Prisons & County Jails; Chaffee Zoo Expansion http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-state-prisons-county-jails-chaffee-zoo-expansion <p>Segment 1 &ndash; County Jails &amp; State Prisons - Last month the US Supreme Court ruled that California must reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates by 2013, to improve inmate health care. And a new state law plans to shift much of that burden to county jails. We talk about the future of the state&#39;s corrections system and what it means for the Valley, with Kern County Sheriff Joel Youngblood, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and prisoner rights advocate Rebecca Evenson of the Prison Law Office.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 01:13:06 +0000 Joe Moore 1217 at http://kvpr.org