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Private Prisons vs. Government-Run Facilities

January 20th, 2016 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

In today's world, one of the most pressing issues is prison overcrowding and funding. After the bail process is over, many individuals end up spending time in jail and prison. To combat this problem, some states have outsourced their prisons and have them instead run by private companies.


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 http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=16964.


Proposed Device to Reduce Prison Violence

February 14th, 2011 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

In September 2010, a directed-energy device, AID, was proposed as an effective way to reduce violent fights between prisoners. AID is laserlike in concept, triggering a painful burning sensation in the receiver, without actually causing harm. This device is funded by the Washington D.D.-based National Institute (NIJ), the research, development and evaluation agency for the Department of Justice. Although this project is being reviewed further before the NIJ decides to move forward, this weapon is hypothesized to be a successful solution to stop or lessen the severity of prison fights without hurting prisoners. How does AID cause pain without injury? These invisible laser-like beams do not actually penetrate skin. Rather, the AID’s ray of energy enters one-sixty-fourth of an inch into the skin, which is just enough to reach pain receptors and not leave a mark. Although the AID’s energy ray causes a hot, burning feeling, it does not actually burn skin or damage nerves, leaving the receiver uninjured. For more information, visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41413503/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/.


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. http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54286020110120


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