Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to have more power to scrutinize local jails. This comes after a McClatchy and ProPublica investigation found the agency meant to oversee the jails is toothless and that some jail conditions are inhumane.
by Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee, and Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica
This article was produced in partnership with The Sacramento Bee, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.
This story is part of an ongoing investigation into the crisis in California’s jails. Sign up for the Overcorrection newsletter to receive updates in this series as soon as they publish.
Faced with a surge of homicides in some of California’s largest jails, inmates held in inhumane suicide-watch conditions and elected sheriffs who rebuff state inspectors, Gov. Gavin Newsom is crafting plans that would give the state more power to oversee local sheriffs and the lockups they run. READ MORE HERE
Greg Betza, special to ProPublica
Lux Alptraum Jan 3 · 8 min read
Over the past few years, telemedicine — a term broadly used to describe any method of remotely accessing medical care, including over the phone, through email, or via video chat — has gone from a sci-fi proposition to an increasingly ordinary part of health care.
In many parts of the country, it’s now possible to get birth control, HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP), dermatological care, erectile dysfunction medications, therapy, and even UTI treatments without ever entering a doctor’s office. And telemedicine experts are hopeful that even more services will become widely available over the coming years, making accessing a medical professional as easy as opening an app. READ THE FULL ARTICLE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate in solitary confinement at a California jail was refusing to leave his cell. The jailers’ usual response: Send an “extraction team” of corrections officers to burst into the cell and drag him out.
But not in Contra Costa County, one of three in the state using a kinder, gentler approach in response to inmate lawsuits, a policy change that experts say could be a national model for reducing the use of isolation cells. read here
A private prison company filed suit on Monday to block Assembly Bill 32, which prohibits California from contracting with for-profit, private prisons.
The GEO Group owns and operates private federal detention facilities and filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that AB 32’s intent is to “undermine and eliminate the congressionally funded and approved enforcement of federal criminal and immigration law” by government agencies.
“This transparent attempt by the state to shut down the federal government’s detention efforts within California’s borders is a direct assault on the supremacy of federal law, and it cannot stand,” the filing includes.
The lawsuit reflects California’s immigrant-friendly status as a sanctuary state and its effort to undermine federal enforcement agencies tasked with carrying out President Donald Trump’s harsher immigration policies.
Advocates against for-profit detention centers denounced the filing as a way to ensure tax dollars go toward prison companies rather than community needs. Read the full article here
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Local Governments Must Improve Oversight to Address Health and Safety Concerns and Cost Overruns
Nearly all people in prison eventually leave, many of them with chronic diseases or behavioral conditions that may affect public health and safety in the communities where they will live. In a positive trend, corrections departments are partnering with health care agencies in some states to make it possible for offenders’ conditions to be treated when they re-enter the community.
Officials say the collaborations – in states such as Connecticut, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio— are promising because they can improve public health and safety while providing states with a better return on the money spent on treating offenders while they are in prison. Departments of correction collectively spent $8.1 billion on prison health care in fiscal 2015.
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This past August, released surveillance footage showed 26-year-old Diana Sanchez alerting Denver County Jail deputies and medical staff that she was in labor just hours before she gave birth to her son, alone in her cell. With her pleas ignored by staff, ... read more here
by Roxanne Daniel, December 5, 2019
Aug. 5, 2019 at 6:00 am Updated Aug. 5, 2019 at 11:45 pm
By Erasmus Baxter
Seattle Times staff reporter
CHEHALIS, Lewis County — John Lininger met with his doctor in a windowless exam room, the clinic separated by two thick metal doors from the 240 or so other inmates of the Lewis County jail.
Lininger, a 46-year-old carpenter, has been in and out of this jail repeatedly over the past nine years on charges that he says are driven by his opioid addiction. Past jail visits meant excruciating withdrawals: nausea, bone-deep pain and overwhelming cravings for opioids.
This time is different. He sits calm, alert, without a thought of using heroin. read more here....
(It's what we dreamed about)
The 3rd Edition of the ANA Correctional Nursing Scope and Standards is coming for public comment in SEPTEMBER!! Stay tuned for more information! read more »
After three years, a San Francisco mental health program that can compel someone to receive outpatient treatment has shown success in reducing emergency care and jail stays.
More than half of those brought into the program, which requires a referral by a health care provider or family member, were recently homeless and nearly all had been treated recently by Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Services.
A new evaluation of the assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program, also known as Laura’s Law, shows that the 129 participants were costing a combined $485,000 monthly in city services before entering the program, but with the program, the cost dropped by 83 percent to $81,745 per month.
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Napa County won’t follow the county grand jury’s recommendation to consider redesigning the planned, new 304-bed jail to add a 32-bed section devoted solely to mental health therapeutic services. read more here