Inmates

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Cell Phones Smuggled Into Prisons Find Their Way Into San Jose Domestic Violence Victim’s Hands

Even though they’re illegal in prison, dozens of cell phones confiscated from California inmates are now going to help victims of domestic violence in San Jose.

10/24/2014

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San Francisco Jail Inmates Getting iPads As Part Of $275K Education Pilot Program

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department has announced more details of a partnership that will bring some jail inmates 100 iPads as part of a $250,000 educational program.

10/22/2014

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Series Of Inmate Deaths At Sonoma County Jail Prompts Review Of Procedures

A series of inmate deaths at the Sonoma County Jail in Santa Rosa has prompted the sheriff’s office to hire an outside panel to review policies and medical practices at the jail.

10/22/2014

Escapees

Report: 5 Inmates Escape From Madera County Jail

According to one report, as yet unconfirmed, five inmates have escaped from Madera County Department of Corrections in the Central Valley.

09/20/2014

A guard tower is seen on the grounds of the California State Prison at San Quentin. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Prison Officials Agree To Shift Mentally-Ill Inmates Out Of Solitary Units

State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.

08/29/2014

condoms

Bill Providing Condoms For California Prisoners Heads To Gov. Brown’s Desk

Legislation that would require officials to distribute condoms in all California state prisons is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. The bill’s author says it would save the state money and stop the spread of disease.

08/22/2014

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California Releasing Thousands Of Inmates Early To Relieve Overcrowded Jails

More than 13,500 inmates across California are being released early each month to relieve crowding in local jails — a 34 percent increase over the last three years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

08/18/2014

Doctors Seek Higher Fees From Health Insurers

Contra Costa County Pushes To Sign Up Inmates Now Eligible For Medi-Cal Coverage

Contra Costa County is joining a long list of Bay Area counties to sign up one of the toughest populations for health care— jail inmates.

08/12/2014

Valley Fever Research

Feds Recommend California Test Prison Inmates For Valley Fever

Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

07/28/2014

Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Inmate Lawsuit Challenges Racial Lockdown Policy At California Prisons

A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California’s policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system.

07/23/2014

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