Retired CIM Warden to Discuss Impacts of Prison Realignment

Richard Alvarado will address challenges of reducing overcrowding and recidivism in Feb.10 seminar

Richard Alvarado

Richard Alvarado, retired chief deputy warden at CIM, will discuss the impacts of the California Public Safety Act on Feb. 10.

By Robert Parsons

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – California Assembly Bill 109, the nation’s biggest criminal justice reform act, effectively transferred over 40,000 offenders from state prison back to their respective counties. The major challenge that comes with this act is reducing recidivism, or the relapsing into criminal behavior, while decreasing the number of offenders in jail.

Richard Alvarado, retired chief deputy warden for the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino, will discuss the ramifications of the California Public Safety Act on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Humanities 1500 on the UC Riverside campus. The seminar starts at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP at Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Passed in 2011, the intention of AB109 was to comply with a federal court-ordered mandate of reducing overcrowding in state prisons, and to reserve state-level prison for the most dangerous offenders while incarcerating felons convicted of lesser crimes – not crimes of violence or sexual assault – closer to the community.

Alvarado, who retired from CIM in 2011, was part of the hostage negotiations management team and was the incident commander for the Aug. 8, 2009, riot. Today, he actively speaks about criminal justice, leadership and ethics, and also teaches criminal justice courses.

His appearance is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies.

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