SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prison officials have sent layoff notices to 548 employees, including 140 guards, as the inmate population declines to comply with a federal court order.

Corrections officials said Friday there are 14,000 fewer inmates than four months ago, when a new law began sending those convicted of lower-level offenses to county jails instead of state prisons.

Federal judges, in an order backed by the U.S. Supreme Court, gave the state two years to reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates to improve medical care. The population peaked at 162,000 in 2006.

The layoffs will take effect Feb. 29, although some of those affected can transfer to other prisons that have vacancies.

Another round of layoffs is planned this fall. Officials could not say how many notices will go out then.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)

Comments (6)
  1. gna says:

    Go Jerry !! Go Jerry !! Go Jerry !!! Go Jerry !!

  2. Logic_Counts says:

    I want the 42 state nurses who EACH made over $1 million from 2005-2010 due to excessive overtime pay to get laid off.
    What they did with the approval of their supervisors, managers & directors was outrageous. They all should lose their jobs.

    California has paid Lina Manglicmot $1.5 million since 2005, an average of $253,530 a year, to work as a prison nurse in the agricultural town of Soledad.

    Lina Manglicmot is one of 42 state nurses who each made more than $1 million in those six years, mostly by tapping overtime, according to payroll data compiled by Bloomberg News. Together, those nurses collected $47.5 million. In 2008, Manglicmot was paid $331,346, including $211,257 in overtime.

    1. Neighborsvoice_in_Idaho says:

      Instead of blaming Lina Manglicmot RN or her supervisors . Why not just blame the a$$holes who set up the system that didn’t allow enough RN’s to begin with. If there were enough RN’s to cover the job, no overtime would have happen. I feel she did no wrong along with the 41 other RN’s who got that bundle of cash. It’s mismanagement to the max. NOT the employees fault. It holds true with any job. If you don’t have the number of employees to cover the shift….. then you have to pay overtime to get the job done. NOT the employees fault that they have stupid managers and directors….. Lighten up Logic_Counts

      1. JCC says:

        Well said NeighborsinIdaho. How can you blame the employees when they do not have enough staff. Agreed, it’s a chunk of change, and the state might would save some money by having addl. nurses….? I say might, because first the benefits, retirement, etc. of addl. employees would have to be taken into consideration.

  3. Wesley Bates says:

    I think that CDCR should open all of thier prison gates and let all of the people go.That way we won’t have to pay for the litle dalings living the life style of the rich and famous. And it would make for a target rich enviourment for we the law abiding citizen’s No tags required. Cause stonecold sezzz sooooo.

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