FACTS ABOUT USED LAW BOOKS AND STATE PRISONS

Last year, the California Department of Corrections made a determined effort to purchase used law books for the constitutionally-required prison law libraries at the new High Desert State Prison at Susanville. “We saw the potential merit, both economically and...

CORRECTIONS UPHOLDS CONTRACT STANDARDS

Today the Department of Corrections announced that it is withholding payment of $2.0 million to its prime contractor in the development of its inmate tracking computer system. The department has insisted upon contract standards being met in the design phase being...

GOMEZ RESPONDS TO LAO REPORT ON PRISON INDUSTRIES

Corrections Director James H. Gomez today said he was intrigued with the Legislative Analyst’s recommendations concerning the state’s Prison Industry Authority (PIA).”From our initial review, it appears that the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO)...

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER ARRESTED FOR INMATE ASSAULT

Pelican Bay State Prison Correctional Officer Tab Kimberly Bridges was arrested last night by the Del Norte County Sheriff and charged in the assault of prison inmate Scanvinski Hymes. Pelican Bay State Prison staff reported the assault to the Del Norte District...

CORRECTIONS COLLECTS OVER $1.7 MILLION FOR VICTIMS

The California Department of Corrections will turn over $1,733,728.32 to the State Board of Control for its Crime Victim Compensation Fund this Friday. The money will be used to cover medical costs, mental health treatment, and emergency expenses of California crime...

GOMEZ RESPONDS TO PIA AUDIT

Corrections Director James H. Gomez today took issue with findings of a Prison Industry Authority (PIA) audit by the Bureau of State Audits (BSA).”While the audit offered some helpful recommendations to improve PIA’s fiscal management, it uses the wrong...