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Brown Pledges Money To California Counties For Corrections Overhaul

California’s correctional system is about to undergo an overhaul that could save money and reduce recidivism but also might lead to thousands of criminals spending significantly less time behind bars or in the parole office.



Freedom Imminent For Cal Graduates Jailed In Iran

Iran’s foreign minister said Saturday that the courts are willing in “the near future” to commute the prison sentences for two Americans convicted of spying. The Americans’ lawyer, meanwhile, was in court trying to arrange a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal.



Cal Hikers Set To Be Freed From Iran

Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said two UC Berkeley grads jailed in Iran on charges of espionage for two years could be freed this week.


A picture obtained from Iran's state-run English-language Press TV shows detained US hikers (L-R) Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal waiting to meet their mothers for the first time since their arrest, in the Iranian capital Tehran on May 20, 2010. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Verdict For Imprisoned Bay Area Hikers Expected This Week

The families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal will have to wait a bit longer to learn their fate, as they continue to be held in an Iranian prison on espionage charges.



Woman Gets 16-Year Sentence For Fatal Oakland DUI Crash

A woman has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in a drunken driving crash in Oakland that killed her pregnant domestic partner and three other people, including twin 3-year-old boys.

CBS San Francisco–06/18/2011

Brown Signs Bill To Hand Over Inmates To Local Governments

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will shift responsibility for thousands of criminals to local governments.

CBS San Francisco–04/05/2011

Sonya Smith, Lisa Justin, San Bruno Explosion, fraud scam

2 Sentenced In San Bruno Explosion Victim Scam; 1 Released

Two women were sentenced to county jail Wednesday after they pleaded no contest to posing as victims of last year’s deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno, but one has since been released due to time already served in jail, prosecutors said.



San Rafael Inmate Found Dead In Cell

UPDATE: Novato police have identified the Marin County Jail inmate who was found dead in his cell Monday morning as 45-year-old Daymitreeus Sessoms, of San Rafael.



Initiative Proposed To Help Reintegrate East Bay Parolees

Two East Bay officials with a large number of parolees in their respective districts say there must be a better plan for re-integrating ex-cons into the mainstream.


Officers at on of the Cainan Schierholtz crash scenes in August 2010

Brother Of Giants Outfielder Gets Year In Jail For DUI Rampage

Cainan Schierholtz, the younger brother of San Francisco Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz, pleaded no contest Wednesday to two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with a series of drunk driving crashes in Danville in August.

CBS San Francisco–02/02/2011