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Transferring Inmates Out-Of-State Has Negative Consequences
Transferring Inmates Out-Of-State Has Negative Consequences California Progress Report, August 1, 2012
UPDATE: Nine Months into Realignment: California's Prisoner Decline Continues
UPDATE: Nine Months into Realignment: California's Prisoner Decline Continues
Slavery's legacy alive and well in Louisiana
Douglas Blackmon's best-selling book Slavery by Another Name dispels one myth after another as he reveals the continuing of a system of slavery under a different name: convict leasing. This was a system whereby former black slaves were routinely rounded up on minor charges (or no charges at all) like vagrancy, placed in local county or town jails, brought to court and fined a small amount ($25 or $50).  Since they could not pay the money (as they were too poor and were traveling from town to…
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
Collateral Consequences of Interstate Transfer of Prisoners
Prison Crisis: Local Solution?
Prison Crisis: Local Solution? Making Contact, June 28, 2012
Are California Counties Spending Prisoner Realignment Money Wisely?
Are California Counties Spending Prisoner Realignment Money Wisely? CBS SF, June 14, 2012
High cost, low return of longer prison terms
A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the length of time served in prison has increased nationally by 36% since 1990.   This has translated into an average of nine additional months of incarceration per prisoner.  This results in extra costs to states totaling more than $10.4 billion per year.  The study found that over half of those additional costs were spent on non-violent offenders who posed minimal risks to public safety. Nationally, states spend over $51 billion each year…
Calif. Inmate Population at Lowest Level in 17 Years
Calif. Inmate Population at Lowest Level in 17 Years KQED News, June 14, 2012
LA County is sending drastically fewer people to prison post-realignment
LA County is sending drastically fewer people to prison post-realignment KPCC Radio, June 14, 2012
Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
UPDATE: Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
UPDATE: Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
Misplaced priorities: California's spending on prisons vs. higher education
A March 1st SF Chronicle article highlighted recent comments made in Washington D.C. by retiring SF State President Robert Corrigan about California's excessive prison spending and annual cuts to higher education.  He noted that, "California is spending nearly as much money on prisons ($8.7 billion, or 9.45 percent of its budget), as it does on all of higher education ($9.3 billion, or 10.1 percent of its budget)".    Looking at just the UC's and CSU's, the state spends less than half ($4.6…
Why the prison population is getting older
Why the prison population is getting older KALW News, February 28, 2012
New report highlights California's "hidden" prison costs
A new report out from the Vera institute conducts a state-by-state analysis of ballooning corrections budgets, far greater than previously reported. Overall, states' corrections budgets have quadrupled over the last 20 years while funding for education and preventative services has either stagnated or been cut dramatically. When additional corrections costs are considered such as retirement health care for employees, pensions, prisoner health care, and current employee benefits, taxpayers are…
Education versus incarceration: CSU budget runs dry while corrections funding soars
Education versus incarceration: CSU budget runs dry while corrections funding soars Golden Gate Xpress, January 16, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts
Gov. Jerry Brown plans $1 billion in prison cuts San Francisco Chronicle, January 15, 2012
What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012
What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012 KALW News, December 12, 2011
How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray
How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray KALW News, December 1, 2011
CDAA: ignoring the evidence
Realignment has affected all branches of the criminal justice system.  While sheriffs and probation departments scramble to implement innovate alternatives to incarceration and maximize their jail capacities without adequate funding, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the courts are also faced with similar challenges.  However, some county's prosecutors are not rising to the challenge, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle . In fact, while San Francisco DA George Gascón…
Capitol Weekly conference on California prisons - handout and slides available
If you could not be at the Capitol Weekly conference today - California Prisons: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly  - you can still get an insight into what Executive Director Daniel Macallair talked about during the reform panel, by checking out his presentation handout and slides , available on CJCJ's Resource Center . If you would like more information or to request related CJCJ publications, please contact Selena Teji, Communications Specialist at cjcjmedia@cjcj.org or 415.621.5661 ext. 317.
Will realignment cut costs and reduce California's prison population?
The most definitive answer I heard to this question at today's panel   on Realignment, sponsored by the Warren Institute on Law and Policy at UC Berkeley, was  "no one knows."  The outcomes of criminal justice realignment are still unclear as it recently went into effect October 1st.  Other factors include the difficulties in knowing how many offenders realignment will actually affect due to the specificity of offender categories outlined for local supervision and "justice by geography."   By…
CJCJ's Research Fellow will present at the ASC Conference Nov. 17, 2011
CJCJ's distinguished Senior Research Fellow will be presenting at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual conference at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on November 16-19, 2011. Senior Research Fellow Randall G. Shelden , Ph.D., will present his paper The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and It's Role in the Passage of Crime Control Legislation  on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the panel session The Politics of Punishment and Corrections , 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm in…
Executive Director Daniel Macallair will present at Capitol Weekly Conference
Save the Date: November 17, 2011 .  CJCJ Executive Director Daniel Macallair will be speaking at California's Prisons: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly , hosted by Capitol Weekly and the University of California.  The full-day conference will feature four panel discussions centered on the challenges of California's penal system and correctional issues.  Other speakers include: Don Novey, former head of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association; Jim Gomez, former state prisons director…
Privatization of prisons hinders criminal justice reform
Despite declining crime rates, incarceration rates are at an all time high in the United States with 2 million adults in prison, including 150,000 in California institutions.  The number of people in private prisons has increased more rapidly than the rate of people sentenced to state and federal facilities.  The reason behind this growth is due to the direct link between the private prison industry, monopolized by the GEO group and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and The American…
Conditions in California's SHU
On July 1, 2011, eleven inmates in the Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU) began a hunger strike to protest the egregious conditions of their confinement.  In particular, they objected to the lack of adequate food or programming and the lack of justification for indefinite SHU confinement.  They demanded that CDCR comply with the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons 2006 recommendations, and provide conditions comparable to that of solitary confinement units…

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