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  • Day Reporting Center graduates first class from Santa Maria

    July 8, 2011 1:48 AM

    25 former state prison inmates have set their sights on a better future after graduating today from a life skills program in Santa Maria. The program at the "Day Reporting Centers" helps parolees re-enter society in Santa Barbara County. The pilot programs began last year in Santa Maria and Santa... more »
  • Overcrowded jail poses safety risks

    September 27, 2010 10:10 PM

    Measure "S" continues to be the hot button issue for Santa Barbara County as we inch closer to the November election. If passed by a two-thirds super majority, the initiative would impose a half cent sales tax. That would help build a new 300 bed facility in Santa Naria... more »
  • County SWAP program could help Lompoc jail

    July 20, 2010 10:02 PM

    The city of Lompoc could soon be partnering with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department to help with chores at its city jail. County jail overcrowding has led to earlier releases and it's left a smaller pool of inmates to help at the Lompoc city jail. Santa Barbara County... more »
  • SB County Jail forced to release inmates early

    January 26, 2010 1:47 AM

    Seventy-one inmates in the Santa Barbara County Jail system were released Monday. The release came as part of new state guidelines designed to reduce prison overcrowding in California's state prisons. Under those guidelines, inmates are given more credit for good behavior. Twenty-two inmates were released from the Santa Barbara... more »
  • Fewer people dying in California prisons

    December 15, 2009 12:56 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The death rate for California inmates dropped for a second consecutive year, but a federal receiver overseeing prison medical care says more can be done to stop prison deaths. Receiver Clark Kelso says the annual inmate death rate dropped to 215 deaths per 100,000 prisoners in... more »

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