Saturday, April 28, 2007

Secretary Tilton Guest Hosts Governor's Weekly Address -- Discusses Prison Reform

Hi, this is Secretary James Tilton of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with this week's California Report.

Governor Schwarzenegger asked me to talk about the historic prison reforms we have approved for California.

The $7.7 billion package will address the dangerous overcrowding in our prisons by adding beds for the first time in a decade. The 53,000 new beds will create space, enhance our rehabilitation and education programs and improve our treatment of drug and mental health disorders.

It will really put the R for Rehabilitation back into the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Governor has always said it's unacceptable that California has the nation's highest recidivism rate and this agreement takes us a long way toward ending that dubious distinction. The increases in capacity include 13,000 beds for county jails throughout California.

Dozens of these local facilities are so severely overcrowded that they have been forced to release prisoners early or not have them serve their time at all.

We know that many committed new crimes when they should have been in jail.

This will help solve that problem.

This agreement also gives us the clear authority to transfer prisoners to out-of-state facilities.

Sending 8,000 convicts to other states whether they want to go or not will immediately ease overcrowding and make our prisons safer.

I'm confident that this agreement will ease pressure from the courts, who have threatened to put a cap on our population and release thousands of inmates early.

I stand with Governor Schwarzenegger in saying we will work hard to never allow that to happen.

When the Governor inherited this prison crisis he knew Democrats and Republicans had different ideas and philosophies for solving it.

But we worked together with both parties in the Legislature and have taken a huge step forward for public safety.

This agreement is the perfect way to cap Crime Victims' Rights Week here in California.

We have honored all victims of crime by enhancing our ability to carry out justice and we are continuing California's proud leadership in serving the innocent victims of crime.

On behalf of Governor Schwarzenegger, I'm Secretary James Tilton.

Thank you for listening.

Spanish Translation:

Hola, este es el secretario James Tilton del Departamento de Corrección y Rehabilitación, con el informe semanal de California.

El gobernador Schwarzenegger me pidió que hablara sobre la histórica reforma carcelaria que hemos aprobado para California.

El paquete de $7,700 millones abordará el tema de la sobrepoblación peligrosa de nuestras prisiones, aumentando camas por primera vez en una década.

Las 53,000 camas nuevas crearán nuevos espacios, aumentarán nuestra rehabilitación, los programas educativos y mejorará nuestro tratamiento al problema de las drogas y los desordenes mentales.

Esto pondrá una vez más la letra R real en el término Rehabilitación, usado en el Departamento de Corrección y Rehabilitación de California.

El gobernador siempre ha dicho que es inaceptable que California tenga la tasa más alta de reincidencia de la nación y este acuerdo nos lleva por una larga vía hacia el fin de una dudosa distinción.

La ampliación de nuestra capacidad incluye 13,000 camas para cárceles en los condados de todo el Estado.

Docenas de estas instituciones locales están severamente abarrotadas, de modo que han sido forzadas a liberar reclusos anticipadamente o impedido que cumplan el total de sus sentencias.

Sabemos que muchos cometieron crímenes nuevos cuando deberían haber estado dentro de la cárcel.

Esto ayudará a resolver ese problema.

El acuerdo también nos autoriza claramente a transferir reclusos a instituciones fuera del Estado.

Enviando 8,000 presidarios a otros Estados, quieran o no, aliviará el problema de sobrepoblación inmediatamente y haciendo nuestras prisiones más seguras.

Estoy seguro que este acuerdo también aliviará la presión sobre las cortes, que han amenazado con imponer un límite sobre nuestra población y liberará anticipadamente a miles de reclusos.

Me levanto junto al gobernador Schwarzenegger para decir que trabajaremos juntos para no permitir nunca que eso ocurra.

Cuando el gobernador heredó la crisis carcelaria actual, supo que los demócratas y republicanos tenían diferentes ideas y filosofías para resolverlo.

Pero trabajamos juntos con ambos partidos dentro del poder legislativo y hemos realizado un gran paso adelante en torno a la seguridad pública.

Este acuerdo es la manera perfecta para terminar la Semana de los Derechos para Victimas del Crimen aquí en California.

Hemos honrado a todas las victima de un crimen para aumentar nuestra habilidad de hacer justicia y continuamos orgullosos del liderazgo de California, sirviendo a inocentes victimas de crimen.

Departe del gobernador Schwarzenegger, este es el secretario James Tilton.
Gracias por escuchar.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Youth Offender Escapee Captured in Los Angeles

Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team Apprehends Jose Alvarez

Los Angeles
-- Agents from the Fugitive Apprehension Team of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) apprehended and took into custody Division of Juvenile Justice ward Jose Alvarez early this morning.

The Los Angeles-based team received information on April 25 that ward Alvarez had walked away from a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection camp program near Mulholland Drive. He was discovered missing shortly before 2 p.m.

OCS agents conducted a non-stop investigation in an attempt to arrest Alvarez and protect the local community. At about 9:25 a.m. today while surveillance was under way, Alvarez was located as he attempted to gain entrance into an apartment complex occupied by his girlfriend. As OCS agents approached, Alvarez attempted to flee on foot; he was quickly apprehended and taken into custody. He was taken by OCS agents to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on escape charges.

Ward Jose Alvarez was committed to the California Youth Authority on April 22, 2003, for attempted murder.

Monday, April 23, 2007

CDCR Honors Crime Victims' Rights Week with Strengthened Restitution and Victim Services in 2007

Sacramento - Today, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary James E. Tilton announced that half of all money received by inmates with court-ordered restitution - either earned or sent to them by others - will be sent to victims and survivors of violent crimes as restitution.

"I am pleased to announce that the rights of victims and survivors to collect on restitution, judgments and other direct orders from the court are stronger than ever here at CDCR - thanks to the assistance of victims' rights advocates," Secretary Tilton said. "Our staff has closed all the loopholes so that 50 cents of every dollar earned by an inmate with a restitution order - or sent to an inmate by family and others - is collected on behalf of victims and survivors of the perpetrator's violent crimes."

The announcement came during the Department's observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The CDCR has a long history of supporting the rights of victims and survivors of violent crimes. When the Department reorganized on July 1, 2005, the Department's victims' rights advocate was elevated to an Assistant Secretary level position and reports directly to the Secretary. Statewide, several dozen adult and juvenile facilities have planned victims' week observations and activities.

A number of reforms and changes were made since the CDCR reorganization that strengthens the Department's responsiveness to victims and survivors of violent crimes.

Those changes include: maximizing restitution collection from inmates under State and Federal laws; activating direct orders of restitutions from the courts to CDCR; initiating restitution collection with the first week an inmate is received by CDCR; establishing a victims call center; and, extending that restitution obligation more effective as the inmate transitions to parole.

Susan Fisher, who serves as Governor Schwarzenegger's Crime Victim Advocate, applauds CDCR efforts to date, but added that changes are still needed by other partners in the criminal justice system to best represent the needs of victims and survivors.

"Despite significant progress in providing rights and services to crime victims over the past two decades, large segments of the population are still underserved," said Fisher. "It is my hope that the increased collection of victim restitution funds will allow us to provide more services for crime victims, including those with disabilities and mental illness, and victims who are immigrants, teenagers, elderly, or live in rural areas. Every victim deserves respect, resources, restoration, and justice -- every time."

The CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) provides advocacy services as well as supports rehabilitative opportunities for offenders. Specifically, the OVSRS maintains a comprehensive victim services program and supports justice practices to ensure offender rehabilitation and accountability to victims, the community, and to themselves.

"Crime Victims' Rights Week offers us all the opportunity to recommit ourselves to ensuring that every victim is afforded his or her legal rights in our criminal justice system," said Sandi Menefee, Assistant Secretary for the OVSRS. "We must continue to increase our collective efforts to protect, restore, and expand crime victims' rights and services so that they apply to every victim."

Ms. Menefee encourages media and community partners to contact local CDCR adult and juvenile institutions for a chance to observe, or participate in planned Crime Victims Week activities.

For more information, please visit the CDCR website at www.cdcr.ca.gov and click on the "Victims" link. Please see the accompanying documents on the website for local victim week activities as well as a fact sheet on accomplishments by the OVSRS.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Secured Residential Placement for Female Youthful Offenders

  • We are pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP), for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabiliation Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), to develop and implement secure residential placement and treatment services for girls and young women committed to DJJ.
         The deadline for submitting questions is Tuesday, April 17, 2007
         and the deadline for submitting the letter of intent to DJJ is
         Thursday, April 26, 2007.

         Please review the below attachments for more information.