Pregnancy Tests No Longer Required For Women At Alameda County Jails After LawsuitWomen who are booked into Alameda County jails will no longer automatically be required to take pregnancy tests, as a result of a civil-rights-lawsuit settlement announced Wednesday.
California Drops Plan Letting Violent Inmates Fight FiresCalifornia corrections officials on Tuesday dropped a plan to include prisoners with violent backgrounds in the nation's largest and oldest inmate firefighting unit, a day after the proposal was first reported by The Associated Press.
Sonoma Co. Official Denies Claims Deputies 'Sadistically' Attacked, Beat InmatesA sergeant with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has enthusiastically denied the claims contained in a federal lawsuit alleging that correctional deputies beat more than 20 Sonoma County Jail inmates during an incident in May.
Lawsuit: Sonoma Co. Jail Staff ‘Sadistically Attacked’ Inmates, Videotaped BeatingsThe 14-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court alleges, "For five-and-a-half-hours, the jail was filled with screams, cries of pain, and the sound of inmates begging the deputies to stop."
Reduction In Use Of ‘Potty Watches’ To Recover Drugs, Smuggled Items In CA Prisons Has Positive ResultsPotty watches are used to recover drugs, weapons, cellphones and other contraband that inmates are believed to have swallowed or concealed in body cavities.
6 San Quentin Prison Inmates Diagnosed With Legionnaires DiseaseSix San Quentin prison inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires disease as of Sunday, officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced.
Inmate Visits Cancelled At San Quentin Due To Case Of Legionnaires DiseaseVisiting time for family members of prisoners at San Quentin in Marin County has been halted this weekend as health and prison officials investigate a case of Legionnaires disease.
Gov. Brown Credits Prison Inmates In Rocky Fire FightNearly 1,200 inmate firefighters are helping in the battle against the Rocky Fire, which has now charred nearly 70,000 acres and is 85 percent contained.
New Policy Lets Kids As Young As 16 Make Solo Visits To Parents, Siblings In SF JailChildren as young as 16 with parents or siblings in jail will be able to make solo visits under policies enacted Monday by the San Francisco Sheriff's Department.
Murder, Tragedy Are Familiar Themes For Actors In San Quentin Production Of Shakespeare's MacbethSan Quentin, one of the toughest prisons in the United States is showcasing talent that shines new light on the plays of Shakespeare.
San Quentin's Death Row Is Running Out Of RoomSan Quentin’s Death Row is home to some of the state’s most notorious criminals, but the prison may be running out of room for them, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to ask for millions of dollars to pay for more cells.
9 Months After Napa Quake, Damaged County Jail May Not Re-Open For Another YearThe earthquake-damaged Napa County Jail may not re-open for at least another year, according to estimates by officials. Inmates have had to spend the last eight months in Solano County Jail.