realignment http://kvpr.org en Governor Brown Defends Prison Practices http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-defends-prison-practices <p>California Governor Jerry Brown says reducing prison overcrowding continues to be a top priority. Brown talked with reporters Tuesday after speaking at the 25<sup>th</sup> Annual Crime Victims Right’s Rally at the state Capitol. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>A federal three-judge panel has given the Brown administration an additional two years to reduce prison overcrowding to court-mandated levels. The ruling was a victory for Brown who had factored the extra time into his proposed budget. But he says court intervention remains a burden.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:23:27 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30945 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Defends Prison Practices Brown Praises Counties' Creativity In Implementing Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/brown-praises-counties-creativity-implementing-realignment <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Governor Jerry Brown is praising counties and law enforcement agencies for their work implementing his landmark criminal justice system overhaul known as “realignment.” &nbsp;But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the law enforcement groups are lobbying the governor for a significant change to the program.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking to a law enforcement convention in Sacramento, the governor praised counties’ creativity under realignment in the two and a half years since it took effect. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:08:17 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 30647 at http://kvpr.org Brown Praises Counties' Creativity In Implementing Realignment Brown Uses Budget to Push for More Time on Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/brown-uses-budget-push-more-time-prisons <div><p>California remains under a court order to reduce its prison population. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown is trying to use his budget to get the state some more time.</p></div><p>A federal three judge panel has given California until the middle of April to reduce is prison population to about 137 percent of capacity.&nbsp; But Brown is basing several items in his budget on the assumption California will get a two-year extension of that deadline. Brown has long maintained the state has done enough to reduce prison overcrowding.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:07:14 +0000 Katie Orr - Captial Public Radio 26971 at http://kvpr.org Brown Uses Budget to Push for More Time on Prisons California Begins Sending Inmates to Private Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/california-begins-sending-inmates-private-prisons <p>California is beginning to transfer inmates out of its state prisons. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the transfers are part of a court-mandated plan to reduce overcrowding in state prisons</p><p>California is sending 2,100 inmates to three private prisons within the state. James Black is with the GEO group, which operates the facilities. He says GEO’s prisons must meet the same standards the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation must meet.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:39:58 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23653 at http://kvpr.org California Begins Sending Inmates to Private Prisons 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 Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Prison Plan http://kvpr.org/post/legislature-overwhelmingly-approves-prison-plan <p class="p1">The California Legislature has overwhelmingly&nbsp;approved a deal between the Governor and leaders of the Senate and Assembly to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. California has been ordered by a federal three-judge-panel to either release or find&nbsp;additional&nbsp;space for more than nine thousand inmates by the end of December.</p><p class="p1">Under the deal,&nbsp;California will ask the panel for an extension on the December deadline. Any savings would be put toward programs to keep people out of jail.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:30:45 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 21435 at http://kvpr.org Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Prison Plan Prisons Battle Heats Up at California Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/prisons-battle-heats-california-capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Senate Democrats have approved their own plan to deal with the federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding.&nbsp; They pushed their proposal through the Senate Budget Committee today over the objections of Republicans and Governor Jerry Brown.</span></p><p>Corrections Secretary Jeff Beard lobbied strongly for Brown’s plan, known as Senate Bill 105.&nbsp; It would increase capacity by contracting out beds from county, private and out-of-state facilities.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:18:59 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21082 at http://kvpr.org Prisons Battle Heats Up at California Capitol Brown Releases Plan to Ease Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/brown-releases-plan-ease-prison-overcrowding <p class="p1">Thousands of California inmates may be transferred to other facilities in an effort to ease prison overcrowding. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the plan comes after multiple federal court orders.</p><p class="p3">To be clear, Governor Jerry Brown doesn’t think California needs to do any more to ease prison overcrowding. He notes the inmate population has dropped by 45,000 since 2006.&nbsp; But multiple federal judges were not convinced and repeatedly ordered the state to further reduce overcrowding. That could happen by releasing inmates or finding more space.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:57:56 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio News 20684 at http://kvpr.org Brown Releases Plan to Ease Prison Overcrowding U.S. Supreme Court Won't Delay Release of Thousands of California Inmates http://kvpr.org/post/us-supreme-court-wont-delay-release-thousands-california-inmates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to delay the release of thousands of inmates from California’s prisons. In a decision announced today the Justices denied a stay requested by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is fighting a ruling from a federal three-judge-panel that orders California to reduce its prison population by about 10-thousand inmates by the end of the year. Three Justices voted to grant the stay.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:17:16 +0000 Katie Orr 19395 at http://kvpr.org U.S. Supreme Court Won't Delay Release of Thousands of California Inmates State Attempts to Track Effect of Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/state-attempts-track-effect-realignment <p class="p1">A state board agreed this week to partner with the Public Policy Institute of California to examine the effects of a change to the state’s criminal justice policy called realignment.</p><p class="p1">California’s two-year old law downgraded certain crimes to jail-only offenses, diverting tens of thousands of lower-level felons from serving time in state prisons.&nbsp;It also put counties in charge of supervising lower level felons once they’re released from prison and parole violators.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:40:10 +0000 Julie Small 18839 at http://kvpr.org Prison Medical Facility Opens in Stockton http://kvpr.org/post/prison-medical-facility-opens-stockton <p>California prison officials opened a new medical facility in Stockton today designed to improve treatment for 1,700 of the state’s sickest inmates.&nbsp; The opening of the 200-acre facility will also ease crowding in prisons — something that could appease a federal court that has ordered California to reduce the inmate population to ensure they receive basic healthcare.&nbsp; KPCC’s&nbsp; Julie Small reports.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:37:56 +0000 Julie Small - KPCC 17352 at http://kvpr.org Prison Medical Facility Opens in Stockton Federal Judges to Governor Brown: Stop Delaying Prisoner Release http://kvpr.org/post/federal-judges-governor-brown-stop-delaying-prisoner-release <p class="p1">A federal three-judge panel is reiterating its order to California Governor Jerry Brown to reduce prison overcrowding. Today’s ruling even removes any state and local laws that might get in the way. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p2">The judges have ordered California to immediately expand its good time credit program, which allows inmates to get out of prison early.&nbsp; The judges also waived any state or local laws preventing the release of prisoners.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:41:03 +0000 Katie Orr 17126 at http://kvpr.org Federal Judges to Governor Brown: Stop Delaying Prisoner Release New Study Gives Snapshot of Realignment Results http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-gives-snapshot-realignment-results <p>The California Corrections and Rehabilitation Department offered a glimpse today of how realignment is working. The program diverts low-level offenders to county jails in an effort to reduce state prison overcrowding.</p><p>A study done by the department compares inmates released pre- and post- realignment. It found post-realignment offenders were re-arrested at a lower rate than pre-realignment offenders. Both groups were convicted of new crimes at nearly the same rate. The department’s Jeffrey Callison stresses this is just a snapshot. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 00:34:20 +0000 Katie Orr 15277 at http://kvpr.org New Study Gives Snapshot of Realignment Results Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-addressing-mental-health-can-reduce-prison-overcrowding <p>The top Democrat in the California Senate is calling for more crisis access to mental health services to help reduce the state’s overcrowded prisons.&nbsp;</p><p>But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the proposals likely wouldn’t satisfy a federal court order to reduce the state’s prison population.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 01:19:48 +0000 Ben Adler 14781 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding New California Prison Plan 'Best of the Bad Options' http://kvpr.org/post/new-california-prison-plan-best-bad-options <p>“The best of the bad options”. That’s how the Department of Corrections is characterizing its plan to reduce prison overcrowding in California. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>More inmates will be sent to lower security fire camps, some elderly and sick prisoners will be paroled early, additional beds will be leased from county jails. Those are among the measures California is proposing to further reduce prison overcrowding.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 19:56:18 +0000 Katie Orr 14591 at http://kvpr.org New California Prison Plan 'Best of the Bad Options' Prison Health Advocates Call For More Steps to Stop Valley Fever Outbreak http://kvpr.org/post/prison-health-advocates-call-more-steps-stop-valley-fever-outbreak <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday afternoon, the federal receiver in charge of health care in California’s prisons ordered the state prison to remove inmates from two Central Valley prisons who are especially at risk of contracting valley fever.&nbsp; A day later, the state and experts are digesting that directive. Valley Public Radio's Rebecca </span>Plevin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, as part of the Reporting on Health Collaborative’s investigation into the disease.</span></p><p>----</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 01:44:04 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14430 at http://kvpr.org Prison Health Advocates Call For More Steps to Stop Valley Fever Outbreak Is More Parole The Answer For Overcrowding in California Prisons? http://kvpr.org/post/more-parole-answer-overcrowding-california-prisons <p></p><p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown has until Thursday to release a plan for reducing prison overcrowding in California. Releasing more inmates may not be popular, but one law professor says it could be the way to go. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p3">About 30,000 inmates are serving life sentences in California prisons. Of those inmates, about 9,000 are currently eligible for parole.&nbsp; UCLA Law Professor Sharon Dolovich&nbsp; says if the state is looking to reduce its prison population, that might be a good place to start.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 00:01:17 +0000 Katie Orr 14428 at http://kvpr.org Is More Parole The Answer For Overcrowding in California Prisons? With Competing Political and Legal Pressures, Brown Defends Prison Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/competing-political-and-legal-pressures-brown-defends-prison-realignment <p></p><p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown is taking hits both inside and outside the State Capitol as he faces a stinging federal court order to reduce California’s prison population - and impassioned calls to expand it.&nbsp; Katie Orr has more from Sacramento on the events Tuesday that show the competing political and legal pressures surrounding the governor.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:30:09 +0000 Katie Orr 14106 at http://kvpr.org With Competing Political and Legal Pressures, Brown Defends Prison Realignment What's Next for Governor Brown After Prison Court Ruling? http://kvpr.org/post/whats-next-governor-brown-after-prison-court-ruling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California faces sanctions, fines and possible jail time for Governor Jerry Brown if the state continues to defy a federal court order to reduce its prison population.&nbsp;&nbsp; That harsh ruling from a three-judge panel came last week in response to the governor’s motion to vacate a prison population cap those judges imposed seven years ago – when they found that overcrowding was the main reason inmates suffered and died from a lack of healthcare.&nbsp; Now, they say overcrowding is still a problem. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:33:26 +0000 Julie Small - KPCC 13645 at http://kvpr.org What's Next for Governor Brown After Prison Court Ruling? Court Rejects Brown's Motion to Reduce Calif. Prison Population http://kvpr.org/post/court-rejects-browns-motion-reduce-calif-prison-population <p>In a scathing ruling, a federal three-judge panel has rejected Governor Jerry Brown’s request that it lift a court order placing a cap on California’s prison population.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court has told the state it must reduce its prison population to 137 percent of design capacity.&nbsp; The state got most of the way there.&nbsp; And in January, Governor Brown filed a motion asking the court to essentially say, that’s good enough.&nbsp; The answer from the court is a very clear “no.”</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:45:41 +0000 Ben Adler 13488 at http://kvpr.org Court Rejects Brown's Motion to Reduce Calif. Prison Population