Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Grand Jury Reports Inmate Population Down, Contraband Still An Issue At CMC

CaliforniaMensColonyThe effect of AB 109 one year after its implementation at CMC is one of the key findings described in the 2012-2013 San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury inspection report, based on its state-mandated annual inquiry into the conditions of prisons within the county.

The Grand Jury report notes that AB 109 has reduced CMC's inmate population by approximately 1,000 as compared to last year's inmate count. The number of eligible inmates who can be assigned to California Department of Forestry to fight fires has also been reduced, leaving 34 positions vacant.

Consequential to the reduced inmate count, 193 custodial staff positions have been eliminated as well as 22 from Support Staff and 237 from the Health Care Program.    

Despite significant reductions in funding and staff, CMC continues to exemplify California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's goal to provide rehabilitation opportunities for inmates.  CMC offers extensive academic, vocational and work programs as well as an impressive slate of social, psychological and cultural rehabilitation programs.  

Contraband continues to be a serious and ongoing problem at CMC.  Cigarettes, drugs and cell phones are smuggled in by visitors, or thrown over the West Side security fence.  

Although CMC staff strives to control the flow of contraband, they are hampered by the lack of adequate security equipment in the East Side visiting room and limited availability of sniffer dogs to use when conducting contraband searches within the facility.

CMC will be installing new technology that will block cell phone transmissions, thereby eliminating a significant and dangerous form of contraband within CMC. 

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