California prison “potty watch” contraband searches have been used 1,200 times in the last 2 1/2 years, yet reports show they produced results less than 41 percent of the time.
California inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate and it’s unclear if the tough steps state officials took to stop illicit drugs from getting into prisons are having any effect.
This week, KCBS In Depth co-hosts Jane McMillan and Ed Cavagnaro speak with Project Rebound director Jason Bell, who is also a former inmate and became a college graduate through the innovative program at San Francisco State University that’ has been helping former inmates earn their college degrees as soon as they are released from prison.
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.
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.
A federal lawsuit is moving forward in the latest legal turn over solitary confinement at a California prison with attorneys asking a U.S. District judge to expand to a class-action case.
Federal judges have agreed to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California’s prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis.
The Legislature has approved a compromise plan to deal with California’s prison crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend the deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.
Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation’s toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and are out of prison.
Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation’s toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and have been released from prison.