Legislators challenge prison realignment with new wave of bills

Legislators are proposing several bills that add lengthy prison terms for people who violate their parole, which could challenge the state's realignment plan to address overcrowding.

California has been under pressure for years to address chronic overcrowding inside 33 adult prisons. In 2011, federal courts required the state to make drastic reductions in its prison inmate population. Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature launched a prison "realignment" that shifted responsibility for thousands of lower-level offenders and parole violators from state prisons to county jails.

Cooley, Eggman announce legislation to allow return of parole violators to state prison

SACRAMENTO – Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman and Ken Cooley today announced legislation to allow parole violators to be returned to state prison.

In several high profile cases in California, including at least four in San Joaquin County, dangerous parolees were allowed to continue on parole despite repeat violations, and eventually committed heinous crimes.

Lawmakers' fix for catch-and-release parole violators: Prison

A Stockton lawmaker troubled by recent violent crimes in her town committed by parole violators released early from county jail wants to let judges send those offenders back to prison.

The proposal would require a partial rollback of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan, designed to lower state prison populations following federal court orders to ease overcrowding. The 2011 measure makes counties responsible for incarcerating low-level felons who once went to prison, and for supervising most state inmates when they are released from prison.

REALIGNMENT: Long-term inmates a concern in county jails

More than 1,100 inmates are serving sentences between five and 10 years in county jails instead of state prisons because of California's realignment law, a survey by a law enforcement group concluded.

The numbers echo concerns from county officials about lengthy realignment sentences being served in jails that are not prepared for long-term inmates.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Announces 8th District Resident Sally J. Rogers Honored at Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award Ceremony

Rancho Cordova- The California State Legislative Women's Caucus and Assemblyman Ken Cooley honored Sally J. Rogers, a pioneer and national leader in the treatment of autism, today on the Floor of the State Assembly with the new Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, honoring distinguished women in honor of Women's History Month.

Sally Rogers, a resident of the 8th Assembly District, co-developed The Early Start Denver Model, a play-based behavioral intervention that was developed to address the unique needs of toddlers with autism and incorporates existing techniques that have received empirical support for improving skill acquisition in preschoolers with autism. This model for treatment was named #3 on the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs in 2012 by Time Magazine.