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Photos From California's Largest Prison Medical Facility

CA prison guards' union (CCPOA) lobbied for the 3-strikes law with the ulterior motive of increased paychecks. Every get-tough-on-crime legislation that increased prison sentencing, they promoted its passage. CDCR regulation stipulate a minimum number of prison guards to inmate ratio to be scheduled each shift. With an over crowded prison, it's easy to get overtime pay. News had reported prison guards had grossed over $100K annual due to overtime pay. When federal court ordered CA to reduce prison population, it was CCPOA that filed for appeal. These prison guards are gaming the system for more $$ on their paychecks, which explains why only 5% of compassionate release applications were granted. CCPOA is based less than 4 miles from the state Capitol. Currently they're fighting to prevent inmates from being transferred to private prison facilities.

March 6, 2012 at 5:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )