California Men’s Colony issues 66 layoff notices
August 2, 2014
The health care services department at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo sent out 66 layoff notices giving a six months warning of layoffs to take effect Dec. 1.
Every psychiatric technician at the facility received a notice from the California Correctional Health Care Services, the federally devised department created to improve inmate medical services. The layoffs come amid allegations from psychiatric technician at a facility in Stockton that managers ordered them to falsify information on the number of prisoners who were suicidal. [FresnoBee]
The state is sending more prisoners offsite for health care, which is then paid by the federal government.
Since 2006, state prisons have been reducing their population numbers through early releases and then in 2011 through realignment in which non-violent prisoners with sentences of several years or less serve time in local jails.
As a result of realignment, prison populations have decreased. The realignment had been initiated to meet federal judicial orders to reduce California prison populations in order to provide better health care for inmates.
Opponents of realignment had warned that shorter prison sentences would lead to an increase in crime. However, recent reports show that states that have decreased inmate numbers have seen a larger reduction in crime than the rest of the United States.