Governor Brown Signs AB 109

April 11th, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 this month, which makes significant changes to California’s correctional system to end the expensive, ineffective and unsafe quick release of lower-level offenders and parole violators through state prisons. Brown stated that the state’s prison system has been a “revolving door” for lower-level offenders and parole violators who are released within months. Cycling these offenders through state prisons wastes money, aggravates crowded conditions, prevents rehabilitation, and delays local law enforcement supervision, according to Brown. AB 109 will give local law enforcement the right and the ability to manage offenders in “smarter and cost-effective” ways. It also changes the law to realign particular responsibilities for lower level offenders, adult parolees and juvenile offenders from state to local jurisdictions. Under AB 109: • No inmates currently in state prison will be released early. • All felons sent to state prison will continue to serve their entire sentence. • All felons who are convicted of a serious or violent offense – including sex offenders and child molesters – will go to state prison. • Felons who are not eligible for state prison can serve their sentence at the local level. For more information, visit

Types of Jails

January 10th, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

For many unfamiliar with the California prison and jail system, the classification of jails can be confusing. The following are the definitions for the various classifications of jails found within the state of California: TYPE I FACILITY A local detention facility used for the detention of persons for not more than 96 hours, excluding holidays, after booking. Such a Type I facility may also detain persons on court order either for their own safekeeping or sentenced to a city jail as an inmate worker, and may house inmate workers sentenced to the county jail provided such placement in the facility is made on a voluntary basis on the part of the inmate. As used in this section, an inmate worker is defined as a person assigned to perform designated tasks outside of his/her cell or dormitory, pursuant to the written policy of the facility, for a minimum of four hours each day on a five-day scheduled work week. TYPE II FACILITY A local detention facility used for the detention of persons pending arraignment, during trial and upon a sentence of commitment. TYPE III FACILITY A local detention facility used only for the detention of convicted and sentenced persons. TYPE IV FACILITY A local detention facility or portion thereof designated for the housing of inmates eligible under Penal Code Section 1208 for work/education furlough and/or other programs involving inmate access into the community. For more information, visit

Vista Detention Facility

January 3rd, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Have you or a loved one been arraigned at the Vista Detention Facility? The following is a step-by-step guide which outlines the basics about the Vista Detention Facility as well as what to expect regarding visitation hours: Location: 325 S. Melrose Dr., Ste. 200 Vista, CA 92081 (760) 940-4473 About: The Vista Detention Facility, also known as the VDF, is utilized as the primary point of intake for both male and female inmates in north San Diego County. Classified as a Type II Facility by the California Corrections Standards Authority, VDF receives pre-trial arrestees on both felony and misdemeanor charges, with the bulk of the prisoners consisting of people waiting for North County case court proceedings. The facility has a CSA-rated capacity of 820 beds and was opened in 1978. Visiting Hours: Vista Detention Facility inmates are allowed two social visits per week, with the weekly calendar beginning on Sundays and ending on Saturdays. Social visits are without contact, made through a visit window using telephone handsets. All inmate visiting hours can be scheduled one day in advance by calling Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. To schedule an appointment, call one of the following numbers within your area code: 619-531-3200 or 858-694-3200 or 760-940-4473. When calling for a visit reservation, be sure to have the following information handy: 1) Full name, 2) Date of birth, 3) Home address and 4) Telephone number.

California Establishes Medical Parole Program for Non-Functioning Ill Inmates

December 27th, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

California – Beginning in 2011, California will establish a medical parole program for inmates who are comatose and physically incapacitated on a permanent basis. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the bill, SB 1399 by Sen. Mark Leno, into law on September 29, 2010. In a state of financial crisis, California has been seeking ways to reduce spending with a number of legislation initiatives involving the prison system. Currently, California houses the highest prison population in the United States and spends approximately $11,000 per inmate on healthcare (compared to $2,750 spent per inmate on healthcare in Texas). SB 1399 is projected to save the state approximately $46 million annually. The medical parole bill exempts any inmate who has been sentenced to death, life without parole or those sentenced under the Three-Strikes-Law. The bill will include a screening process to make sure that public safety is not jeopardized by the early release of inmates. Thus far, California has identified 32 candidates for the program whose average annual healthcare and guard costs total almost 2 million per person. Says Sen. Mark Leno, “I would rather keep 100 school teachers employed than continue to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on incarcerating 10 severely incapacitated inmates. Across the nation, 36 states, including Texas, have medical parole programs for inmates who are so seriously ill that they could not possibly threaten public safety. Especially given our fiscal crisis, it is time for California to do the same.”

Supreme Court to Review California Prison Ruling

November 29th, 2010 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

California – The California prison system will take center stage on Tuesday, November 30, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case known as Schwarzenegger vs. Plata. Under review: A California federal district court ruling in January mandating that the state cut the California prison population by approximately 40,000 and cap the inmate population at 137.5% of capacity within two years. The January ruling was prompted by the conclusion that overcrowding in the state’s prison system (the largest population in the nation) is the main cause of poor medical and mental health care that violates prisoner’s Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Beyond capacity for two decades, the California prison system currently holds 164,000 inmates in a system designed to house approximately 80,000. However, California officials argue that the January ruling by the three-judge panel overstepped boundaries and that the judges did not have the authority to issue the release order. The Supreme Court will determine if the judges correctly applied the relevant 1996 federal Prison Litigation Reform Act, which governs how federal courts can be involved in the management of state prisons. The Supreme Court will not be responsible for judging if the ruling was necessary or if overcrowding is the primary contributor to substandard health care.

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