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San Francisco’s Sheriff implements Obamacare

Sheriff Mirkarimi discusses his plans to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in San Francisco.

CJCJ statement on LA jail indictments

Official statement by Executive Director Daniel Macallair on the Los Angeles County jail indictments. 

Are Immigration Detainer Practices Rational?

New study casts doubt on efficacy of immigration and public safety intersection.

Jail Population Management Strategies in a Post-Realignment Era

This fact sheet lists four available deliberate interventions that counties can employ to alleviate jail bed space and improve public safety outcomes.

Four ways to better manage jail bed space

Under Realignment some counties, in which the local justice systems rely heavily on incarceration, are putting extra pressure on their sheriffs to manage their burgeoning jail populations safely. A new fact sheet by CJCJ, suggests four jail population management strategies that could help sheriffs and other justice stakeholders to address these challenges.

Detention of non-criminal individuals has impact on post-Realignment California

CJCJ releases report examining the large number of suspected undocumented immigrants, without a criminal history, who are detained in California’s local jails on non-mandatory holds. 

Report: Releasing undocumented immigrants could help relieve Calif.'s jail overcrowding

A new report from the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice suggests California jails could alleviate overcrowding by refusing to detain non-criminals accused of immigration violations.

San Francisco’s reentry pod prepares people for successful release

San Francisco's unique reentry pod in Jail #2 serves men returning from state prison, prior to and during their release into the community. 

Debtor's prisons alive and well

As I have written before jails have been largely reserved for the poor and at one time in history words like jails and poorhouses (along with workhouses and prisons) were used interchangeably.

Prison realignment shows slow progress
Prison realignment shows slow progress 23ABC News, December 13, 2012
Crime, early releases rise as law enforcement scrambles to deal with prison realignment plan
Crime, early releases rise as law enforcement scrambles to deal with prison realignment plan Hanford Sentinel, November 21, 2012
San Mateo County faults three reports that question need for new jail
San Mateo County faults three reports that question need for new jail Daily News, October 4, 2012
Local Reform in a Realigned Environment
Local Reform in a Realigned Environment
Jails, poorhouses, and debtor's prisons
CJCJ staff writer Selena Teji recently posted a blog called "Overcrowded jails, the bail industry, and pretrial alternatives ."  Among other things she notes that many are in jail "simply because they cannot afford to post bail." In short, it's a place for the poor. A couple of years ago I posted an article called "From Poorhouses to Jails, Same Function, Different Time " I began by referring to a book by David Wagner called The Poorhouse: America's Forgotten Institution .  In his book one…
Contra Costa community leaders halt new jail construction
Last week, religious leaders and community members from Contra Costa County convinced county Sheriff David Livingston to withdraw his proposal for constructing a new 150-bed jail.   Working in partnership with the local PICO California affiliate, CCISCO , these grassroots leaders were able to convince law enforcement stakeholders that the $6 million required for a new jail would be better spent on alternatives.  A community advisory board recommended redirecting realignment funding into…
California Realignment Picture Comes into Focus
California Realignment Picture Comes into Focus CorrectionalNews, September 5, 2012
Prison Break: California Rethinks Criminal Justice
Prison Break: California Rethinks Criminal Justice KQED Radio, August 22, 2012
Editorial: Lock crooks up? County cannot afford the cost
Editorial: Lock crooks up? County cannot afford the cost Record Searchlight, August 22, 2012
Were Counties Prepared for Flood of Inmates Under Realignment?
Were Counties Prepared for Flood of Inmates Under Realignment? California Report, August 20, 2012
Report: LA among counties sending more to prison
Report: LA among counties sending more to prison KPCC Radio, August 17, 2012
On Valley Edition: Incarceration Rate; Bus Rapid Transit; Greek Fest
On Valley Edition: Incarceration Rate; Bus Rapid Transit; Greek Fest Valley Public Radio, August 7, 2012
Alameda County Ahead of Curve With Realignment
Alameda County Ahead of Curve With Realignment California Progress Report, July 25, 2012
Shasta County faces challenges under prison realignment
Shasta County faces challenges under prison realignment Redding Record Searchlight, July 21, 2012
Occupy Redwood City to protest new San Mateo County jail
Occupy Redwood City to protest new San Mateo County jail PressTV, July 14, 2012
Prison Crisis: Local Solution?
Prison Crisis: Local Solution? Making Contact, June 28, 2012

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