How California’s Prison Population Exploded

And why the costs of housing inmates skyrocketed at the same time.
By Joaquin Palomino

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Prisoner exodus in California continues, sparking safety concerns

The problem is, many of California’s county jails are already filled to capacity, and are having to release inmates well before their sentences have been served.

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California prisons issuing 26,000 layoff warning notices

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is issuing some 26,000 layoff warning notices to its employees over the next few days as it begins downsizing and shifting some of its work to local governments.

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Realignment Agreement in CDCR

Local 1000 negotiators have reached a comprehensive 46-point agreement that will significantly lessen the impact felt by members affected by the legislatively mandated Realignment in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

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Corrections launches realignment website

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation launched a new website today that will keep track of the state’s shift of some prison and parole obligations to local governments. The “2011 Public Safety Realignment” site is intended to answer questions that employees, government officials and the public might have about Assembly Bills 109 and 117, [...]

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Report: Prison population reductions insufficient

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to keep tens of thousands of low-level offenders in county jails instead of state prisons won’t reduce the inmate population enough to fully comply with a federal court order, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said Friday.

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