California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
A prisoner serving a life sentence at San Quentin who fell four stories on Tuesday died on Wednesday, prison officials said.
A panel of federal judges has extended California’s deadline to cut its prison population to about 110,000 inmates until April 18, 2014.
Auto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early.
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.
A 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.
The 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.
Gov. 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.
The 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.
California 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.”
Authorities were looking for an inmate who escaped a San Joaquin County minimum security prison.