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 prison officials are opening a $24 million treatment center for mentally ill inmates as they urge a federal judge to end his oversight of the state’s correctional system.
Gov. Jerry Brown has begun aggressively challenging federal court oversight of California’s prison system by highlighting what he says is a costly conflict of interest.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s choice to lead California’s beleaguered prisons is a former critic who now says the system is more “nimble” and responsive after years of federal court oversight.
Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging a federal court order that California further reduce its inmate population to improve prison conditions, reigniting a legal battle that already once reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
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.”
With black market cell phones helping some of California’s most dangerous criminals stay connected to the outside world, corrections officials have announced a plan to block illegal cell phone calls by inmates.
California prisons marked a milestone Friday, when officials said they had removed the last of nearly 20,000 beds that had been jammed into gymnasiums and other common areas to house inmates who overflowed traditional prison cells.
The state built a brand new $136 million hospital at San Quentin prison for some of the state’s worst offenders. But why were some inmates, including those on death row, being sent to outside hospitals for sleep studies?
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is reducing days for inmate visits at the Redwood City jail by one day a week indefinitely as it readies for a new influx of prisoners.