Orange County Looks to Grant to Reduce Recidivism

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on January 22, 2015 · 0 comments

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Orange County is under pressure to reduce the number of inmates in its prisons. That’s motivating lawmakers to look at a new grant that would help reduce the number of inmates who commit crimes after spending time behind bars.


The grant would distribute $500,000 to local non-government groups for the program. It targets juvenile offenders, those on probation, and former prisoners. Officials are unsure what the programs would look like or how they would be structured. Community activists are calling for programs that emphasize restorative justice, diversion, and mental health and drug treatment programs to help rehabilitate inmates once they are released.


The Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision in May 2011 that California had to cut its prison population, saying the overcrowding in many of the state’s prisons violated the ban on cruel and unusual punishment of prisoners. California was ordered to reduce the state prison population by 30,000 inmates or face consequences. It had until last year to comply.


California has coped with the order by releasing some non-violent inmates early, and sending others to county jails around the state. Law enforcement officials around the state have said they’ve seen a rise in crime that correlates with the early release programs.


The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.


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