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Harsh California Prison 'Potty Watch' Contraband Searches Are Mostly A WasteCalifornia 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.
Illicit Drugs 'Rampant' In California Prisons Despite Stepped-Up SearchesCalifornia 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.
KCBS In Depth: 'Project Rebound' Transforms Prison Inmates Into ScholarsThis 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.
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.
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.
Attorneys Ask Oakland Federal Judge To Expand Prison Solitary Confinement LawsuitA 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 Panel Extends Deadline For California To Reduce Prison PopulationFederal 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.
Legislature Sends Gov. Brown Bill On California Prison DealThe 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.
Phil Matier: 3-Strikes Law And California's Costly Prison SystemSupporters 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.
Sentences Cut Short For 1,000 California 3-Strike PrisonersSupporters 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.
California Senate Passes Bill Approving Condoms For Prison InmatesCalifornia lawmakers are approving a plan to hand out condoms in adult prisons, despite the state’s ban on having sex behind bars.
California Prison Inmates End Hunger Strike After Lawmakers Vow HearingsCalifornia inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment.
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