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.”
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.
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."