Stockton Jail Overcrowding

December 2nd, 2013 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Incarcerated individuals in the County Jail in Stockton currently experience incredible overcrowding. Some believe that the increase of police presence on the streets may lead to an increase of incarcerated individuals in a jail system that may not be able to handle it. Some offenders for minor offenses, such as misdemeanors, are already released because there is no room to hold the accused. Preventing Crime has Become Important There has been some effort in the county to reduce crime in the area through means that don't include arrest and incarceration, but these methods to stop crime before it happens don't help people who have already been inducted into the system and are suffering from a revolving door of arrests, incarceration, and release that never seems to end.

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

States Seek Alternative Methods to Cut Prison Costs

January 17th, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Washington – In response to steadily decreasing revenue and budgets, states across the nation are seeking new, alternative ways to cut costs. Proposed solutions: Squeeze savings out of the state prisons. In Washington, state prisons will go on lock-down one day per month, confining inmates to cells and adjacent living areas. This solution allows prisons to cut back on resources and allows wardens to send some staff members home without pay. Trial tests of the lock-downs/furloughs were executed in November with success, prompting the full implementation of the program one day per month from January to June 2011. Projected savings equal approximately $1 million. “It’s working as designed,” said Dan Pacholke, deputy director of prisons at the Washington State Department of Corrections in Olympia.

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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