Realignment Impacts Space Issues for High Security Inmates

PASADENA, Calif. — In 2011, California passed several bills that called for prison realignment in the state as a way to cut costs in the budget, as well as cut California’s prison population.

A federal court order was issued to California to reduce its prison population by June 2013. The order called to reduce overcrowding in California’s 33 prisons to no more than 137.7 percent of the design capacity by 2013, according to a report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Not All in Agreement Over Realignment

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to move nonviolent criminals and parolees from state operated prisons to county facilities may put a strain on local services.

A recent RAND Corp. study, “Understanding the Public Health Implications of Prisoner Reentry,” said that by shifting the prisoners to county jails it could put a strain on local healthcare and social service programs that have already been hit by budget cuts.

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California Report: Jail Construction Funding Update

Nick WarnerThe State of California, having now enacted historic criminal justice realignment, continues to pursue AB 900 projects for local jail construction as part of the ongoing efforts and commitment to increasing local jail capacity. On October 7th the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) released the AB 900 Phase II Request for Applications.

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