About Beatriz Valenzuela

Beatriz E. Valenzuela is a reporter with the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

No Link Between California’s Prison Realignment and Increased Crime?

espite being blamed by some members of law enforcement for a recent uptick in crime in some counties, there is no connection between California’s Prison Realignment and increased criminal activity, according to a report released Wednesday. The Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice report found little evidence of there being more crime due to realignment based on random crime trends in counties since the implementation of the law. For example, Los Angeles County, which has one of the … [Read more...]

Will Federal Judges Delay California Prison Inmate Cap?

failure by state authorities and attorneys representing prison inmates to reach an agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding has given the state a little more time to meet its court-ordered deadline to reduce the prison population. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration was ordered to reduce the state prison population to about 110,000 or 137.5 percent of prison capacity as a way to improve the quality of inmates’ health. To accomplish that, Assembly Bill 109, the state’s prison realignment … [Read more...]

LA Citizens Groups Voice Opposition to “More Cages” Approach

n the heels of a scathing report card that gave failing grades to both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties for their handling of the state’s prison realignment program, an advocacy group and concerned residents caravaned to Sacramento Wednesday to voice opposition to the counties seeking grant money to build what the group calls “cages for our children.” “The L.A. sheriff’s department has built the biggest jail system in the country and has shown itself to be incapable of running it,” … [Read more...]