Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Secretary Beard: Statement on Extension for Prison Capacity Compliance

The State of California files a request for an extension to the Three Judge Court ruling that requires a reduction in prison population by December 31, 2013. The following statement was released by Secretary Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D. in response to the filing.

“We are hopeful that the federal judges will recognize the many steps the state has already taken to improve health care and reduce the inmate population in our prisons as well as the significant steps we are embarking upon with our partners in the criminal justice system to achieve further lasting solutions, and that they will grant an extension to their deadline.

An extension will allow us to develop some in-state capacity before the end of the year and to begin initiatives approved in SB 105 which will reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and help divert inmates from our state prisons. Without an extension, these important initiatives will be delayed as the state will have to move forward with a capacity-only option in order to fully comply with the court-ordered population cap without releasing inmates early.”

To view a copy of the state filing, please visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/News/3_judge_panel_decision.html  or submit a request for an electronic copy to Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov

Monday, September 9, 2013

Governor Brown and Legislative Members Reach Agreement: California Prison Plan

Today, the Governor and Legislative leaders reached a decisive agreement on amendments to Senate Bill 105 that would allow the state to meet a December 31, 2013 federal court order by reducing California’s prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.  The measure will avoid the early release of thousands of prisoners while keeping public safety a top priority. 
The amendments include, but are not limited to: 
Authorize up to $315 million in immediate in-state and out-of-state capacity.  Provide a foundation for long-term change to the criminal justice system through collaborative efforts with the Legislature and stakeholders.  Furthermore, AB 105 seeks to strengthen local efforts (SB 678) by increasing the amount of funding for probation departments when serving felony probationers locally and working to reduce recidivism.  To review the bill language that was sent to the Office of Legislative Counsel, please visit: http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_105.pdf
For additional information, please call Albert Rivas at (916) 324-6508 or email Albert.Rivas@CDCR.ca.gov