San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascón sent out a letter on Thursday to the mayor and supervisors challenging a proposal by Sheriff Mirkarimi giving him full authority to grant early inmate releases from county jail using electronic-monitoring devices.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen is being sued over a decision she made in 2011 that said tens of thousands of criminals who are serving their sentences under community supervision are ineligible to vote.
An oven explosion in a kitchen at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin Tuesday morning injured 11 people, one critically, an Alameda County fire spokeswoman
The judges said in a one-paragraph order, without comment, that a court-appointed mediator needs more time to seek agreement on how the state should reduce inmate crowding.
The plan calls for the county to pay as much as $1,000 a month to help pay the rent for the first year after release for inmates who were once destined for life in prison.
The Supreme Court has refused to delay a court order for California to release nearly 10,000 inmates by year’s end to improve conditions in state prisons.
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.
A panel of federal judges has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s request to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional inmates by year-end.
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.