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Inmates practice diving at the California Institution for Men in Chino. (CBS)

Program Offers California Inmates A Second Chance Through Diving

An innovative program is taking California’s felons and problem parolees, teaching them how to become highly skilled deep sea divers and keeping them out of jail.


Edward John Schaefer (L), Frank Anthony Souza. (San Quentin State Prison)

San Quentin Killer Pleads Guilty Of Murdering Fellow Inmate

A San Quentin State Prison inmate pleaded guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing another inmate who was convicted of killing a Novato girl with his motorcycle in a crosswalk in 2009.


Escaped inmate Jose Luis Franco (Alameda County Sheriff)

Dublin Jail Inmate Escape Details Still A Mystery

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to figure out how a burglary suspect escaped from the Santa Rita Jail on Monday afternoon, a sheriff’s spokesman said Tuesday.



Resume Writing, Barista Training Proposed For San Mateo County Inmates

Changes designed to prepare inmates for jobs in the real world are coming to the San Mateo County Jail.


Edward John Schaefer (L), Frank Anthony Souza. (San Quentin State Prison)

DA To Seek Death Penalty In San Quentin Stabbing

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a San Quentin inmate charged with killing another inmate who was serving time for a 2009 DUI crash which killed a 9-year-old girl in Novato.

CBS San Francisco–08/18/2011

Ex-Con Arrested For Breaking Into Folsom State Prison

A former inmate has been arrested on prison grounds after scaling a fence onto Folsom Prison property Thursday morning.

CBS San Francisco–08/11/2011


Good Question: Are Inmates Used To Fight California Wildfires?

Some of the state’s inmates get to do time in the great outdoors, but it’s not without risk. Danny Richards asked this Good Question: Are inmates still used to fight fires in California?

KPIX 5–06/28/2011

San Quentin State Prison (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Murderer Released From San Quentin After 24 Years Behind Bars

After 24 years of incarceration, Ernest Morgan, who was freed from San Quentin State Prison Thursday morning, planned to head to Mama’s restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach with his family for an omelette.

CBS San Francisco–05/12/2011

Lyralisa Stevens, a convicted murderer and inmate at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville has sued the State of California to pay for gender reassignment surgery. (CBS)

Vacaville Inmate Sues State For Sex Change Surgery

A transsexual inmate at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville has sued the State of California to pay for surgery to complete his transition to becoming a woman.

KPIX 5–04/15/2011

Nathan Simpson

Inmate Escapes From Solano County Prison Camp

State prison authorities have released a photo of an inmate who is believed to have escaped a detention facility in Solano County on Sunday night.

CBS San Francisco–03/14/2011