Department of Corrections
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.
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.
California prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is dismissing a proposal by Democratic allies in the state Senate, who want to seek a settlement of a federal lawsuit that could force the state to free thousands of prison inmates later this year.
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 officials say they will seek to move thousands of inmates to private prisons in a last-ditch attempt to avoid releasing violent offenders to ease prison crowding.
California prison officials say they won’t appeal to the state Supreme Court a ruling invalidating the state’s three-drug cocktail means of execution.
The health care department for California’s prison system is under fire, after reports that pregnant inmates were coerced into having sterilization surgery.
California’s prisons chief says inmates who are refusing meals to protest the state’s solitary confinement program for gang leaders are harming their own cause.
Corrections officials say more than 30,000 of California’s nearly 133,000 inmates have refused at least one meal as part of a protest over inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison.