California Backs Off Easing Standard For Inmate FirefightersCalifornia's new corrections chief is backing off a plan to lower standards for inmate firefighters.
Gov. Brown Urges Employers At Oakland Business Forum To Hire Ex-ConvictsGov. Jerry Brown spoke about the benefits of prison labor and hiring former convicts Friday morning at the Bay Area Employers Forum in Oakland, urging local leaders to give ex-offenders a chance to earn an honest living.
$1 Billion Stockton Prison Medical Complex Reopens After Numerous ProblemsA billion dollar prison medical clinic that's sitting half empty will start readmitting the state's sickest inmates, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday.
San Quentin Prison Inmate Plunges To His DeathA prisoner serving a life sentence at San Quentin who fell four stories on Tuesday died on Wednesday, prison officials said.
California Deadline To Cut Prison Population Extended Once Again A panel of federal judges has extended California's deadline to cut its prison population to about 110,000 inmates until April 18, 2014.
Study Attributes Boost In Property Crime To State Prison RealignmentAuto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early.
California Prisons To Hire Thousands Of Officers As Retirements Surge With the number of retirements on the rise, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is looking to hire thousands of officers over the next three years, despite a lower prison population.
Allegations Against California Prison Employees Not Fully ProbedA state report found that California prison employees are not being as thoroughly investigated over allegations of wrongdoing since a federal judge stopped supervising prison discipline in 2011.
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Gov. Brown's Appeal Of Inmate ReductionThe U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected an appeal by Gov. Jerry Brown of a court order that requires the state to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons by about 8,000 inmates by Jan. 27.
Judges Order Brown To Release Thousands Of California InmatesGov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he will ask the courts to stay what he calls an “unprecedented order” to release nearly 10,000 prison inmates by year’s end.
California ‘Three-Strike’ Inmates Get 2nd Chance With New LawThe state is caught between a tight budget and its "three strikes" law, which imposes a life sentence after convictions. Last Fall voters approved a plan to release some of those lifers.
Report Critical Of Solitary Confinement At California PrisonsCalifornia has violated global standards by keeping thousands of inmates in isolation cells, according to an Amnesty International report released Thursday that criticizes conditions at two of the state’s maximum security prisons as “cruel and inhuman.”