Court's order can't be used as excuse not to fix policy
Excerpted from The Record, (Stockton, Calif.)
“State lawmakers have offered several bills to tweak realignment, including one by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman. The Stockton Democrat's proposal would give judges discretion to send some who violate their parole back to state prison for up to a year rather than to county jail for a maximum of 180 days.
Unfortunately, the Assembly Public Safety Committee last week held Eggman's proposal for further study after hearing CDCR officials testify about prison overcrowding. They fear proposals to modify realignment will increase the state prison population, making it even harder to comply with the court's order.
Fine, as long as this bill and the others are actually studied and not simply shelved. Prison realignment, which became the law in October 2011, was the state's hurry-up approach to the federal order to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated. Nobody claimed the approach was perfect and indeed it has been demonstrated to be anything but.”
Top administrator admits tunnels won’t save the Delta
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman joined other Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta legislators calling for a halt to the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan, following remarks by Natural Resources Agency Deputy Director Jerry Meral that the plan “has never been about saving the Delta. The Delta cannot be saved.”
Dr. Meral made the remarks while speaking with Tom Stokely of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) at a meeting with Northern California's Native American Tribes on Monday, April 15.
(Sacramento) - One of Stockton’s brightest lights, Sara L. Cázares, 48, died Saturday, April 20, after a lifetime of significant accomplishment, spirited activism and dedicated leadership. Her close friend, California State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), adjourned in Cázares memory from the Assembly Floor.
A graduate of Franklin High School, Cázares went on to Harvard, where she was an active leader with Harvard Raza and a founding member of the Third World Student Coalition. After Harvard, Cázares worked in education outreach in East Los Angeles. Cázares returned to Stockton with her family in 1996, where she began teaching and continuing her involvement in community work. Cázares served on the board of the Peace and Justice Network and was a volunteer organizer for San Joaquin Grassroots during then-Senator Barack Obama’s historic first campaign for president. Recognized as School Volunteer of the Year in 2006 and 2007, Cázares was a hard-working member of the Stockton Unified School Board, serving as its president. Learn more about this wonderful woman in this Assembly Access Video.
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers in the Assembly Safety Committee are considering a bill today that would send high-risk parolees back to state prisons instead of overcrowded county jails when they violate parole.
Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, co-authored the proposed amendment to the realignment law, that would give judges the discretion to return parole violators to prison for up to one year, rather than the current 180-day maximum jail stay.
"A return to state prison has to be an option," Eggman said Monday at a news conference in the Capitol, pressing on a need to address the problem of parolees revolving in and out of county jails.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Susan Talamantes Eggman, (D-Stockton) and Ken Cooley, (D-Rancho Cordova) are calling for changes to parole requirements for criminals. They previewed their legislation (Assembly Bill 601) at a joint press conference in advance of a hearing on their bill to restore prison as an option for the incarceration of parole violators. "The way realignment handles the parole of dangerous, violent felons needs to be adjusted to reality. We must have prison as an option when other measures have failed." said Assemblymember Eggman. Under prison realignment, higher risk offenders are still supervised by state parole, but may no longer be returned to prison for violating parole, and face a maximum of up to 180 days in county jail. Many jails, including the San Joaquin County Jail, are forced to release inmates early because they are already at maximum capacity. Here's more in This Assembly Access video.
A new five-year permit should allow state waterway officials to get an early start in the fight against an invasive water weed that threatens to choke off local businesses on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The California Department of Boating and Waterways recently received the permit to spray two herbicides from March 18 to Nov. 30 on the water hyacinth — a plant species indigenous to South America that was introduced into the Delta more than 100 years ago.
Linda Jimenez, a Tracy resident and community activist, was "overwhelmed" Wednesday afternoon when 100 people gathered to honor her.
Jimenez is the Woman of the Year in the Assembly's 13th District. She was selected by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, a first-year lawmaker.
"This is unbelievable," Jimenez said. "There are so many women in our county who have done so much. I am just honored to be here."
Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton is co-author of legislation aimed at bringing a bit more overview to a prison realignment system some say is putting too many dangerous criminals back on the streets.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D-Stockton) joined her fellow lawmakers in the State Assembly in declaring March 2013 as Social Work Month. This year's theme is "Weaving Threads of Resiliency and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work". Assemblymember Eggman told her colleagues social workers are active in almost every part of society, "Everywhere you find people in need, you will find social workers trying to their part." Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
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.
Under prison realignment, higher risk offenders are still supervised by state parole, but may no longer be returned to prison for violating parole, and face a maximum of up to 180 days in county jail. Many jails, including the San Joaquin County Jail, are forced to release inmates early because they are already at maximum capacity.
“The state has already acknowledged these offenders are a higher risk,” Eggman said. “We need the flexibility to return the most dangerous parolees to prison when they violate parole.”