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

Judge Extends California Prison Crowding Deadline 1 Month

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.

10/21/2013

Attorney General Eric Holder (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Holder Proposes Changes In Criminal Justice System During SF Speech

Attorney General Eric Holder called for scaling back the use of harsh prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes and diversion of low-level offenders to drug treatment and community service.

08/12/2013

(CBS)

Oakland Protesters Block State Building In Solidarity With Prison Hunger Strike

A group of activists blocked the front entrance to the state building in downtown Oakland Monday morning in support of California prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike over the issue of solitary confinement.

08/05/2013

Pelican Bay State Prison

California’s Prison Chief Says Hunger Strike Won’t Help Inmates

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.

07/10/2013

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

30K California Prison Inmates Refuse Meals In Protest

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.

07/09/2013

San Francisco Hall of Justice (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SF Sheriff’s New Jail Plans Faces Criticism From Activist Group

A long-running plan to rebuild the jails above San Francisco’s Hall of Justice received criticism from activists who showed up at a meeting on Monday to review Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s proposal and said that no jail should be built.

06/25/2013

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

Judges Order Brown To Release Thousands Of California Inmates

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he will ask the courts to stay what he calls an “unprecedented order” to release nearly 10,000 prison inmates by year’s end.

06/20/2013

(CBS)

Man Gets 91-Year Prison Sentence For Fatal Oakland Shooting

A man was sentenced Friday to 91 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting another man in Oakland who he claimed had been stalking his sister.

05/31/2013

(CBS)

Inmate Population Surges At Solano County Jail

The inmate population at the Solano County jail has jumped by almost 250 since 2011 due to non-violent convicts being transferred under new state regulations.

05/26/2013

Jefferson Award winner George Jurand (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Fosters Healing For Violent Crime Victims, Perpetrators

George Jurand has worked for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office for two decades, long enough to learn that the victims of violent crime need support beyond the first months, the first year, even the first several years after losing a loved one. That’s why he leads a support group called The Healing Circle.

05/15/2013

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