California lawmakers are approving a plan to hand out condoms in adult prisons, despite the state’s ban on having sex behind bars.
California 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.
California prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California’s prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send inmates to private prisons and empty county jail cells.
California lawmakers on Thursday approved an audit of the state’s prison health care system, after a recent investigative report revealed hundreds of female inmates were forcibly sterilized.
State and federal prison officials on Monday sought a judge’s permission to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide hunger strike entered its seventh week.
The health care department for California’s prison system is under fire, after reports that pregnant inmates were coerced into having sterilization surgery.
California corrections officials say they’ll comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Friday asked a panel of federal judges to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional inmates by year’s end, granting him time to appeal the decision to the nation’s high court.
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.