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A cameraman records the judge's podium in a courtroom closed due to budget cuts and layoffs, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on March 16, 2009. Beset by an unprecedented budget crisis, the LA Superior Court, the largest trial court system in the US, laid off 329 employees and announced the closure of 17 courtrooms, with more of both expected in the future. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Pair Sentenced For South Bay ‘Low-Ball Estimate’ Moving Company Fraud Scheme

Two men were sentenced in federal court in San Jose to 18 months in prison for a “low-ball estimate” moving company fraud scheme following an investigation dating back to 2003, a U.S. attorney said.

04/03/2014

(CBS)

Oakland Computer Tech Sentenced To 10-Years For Downloading Child Porn Onto Work Computer

A computer technician at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for downloading child pornography while at work, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

03/24/2014

(CBS)

Federal Judges Grant California 2-More Years To Reduce Prison Populations

Federal judges are giving California two more years to meet a court-ordered inmate population cap.

02/10/2014

Alameda County Fire crews at the scene of a reported explosion at the Santa Rita Jail. (CBS)

11 Injured In Explosion At Santa Rita Jail In Dublin

An oven explosion in a kitchen at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin Tuesday morning injured 11 people, one critically, an Alameda County fire spokeswoman
said.

12/17/2013

Douglas Yim (Oakland Police Dept.)

Oakland Man Sentenced For Killing Friend In Argument Over Existence Of God

An Oakland man was sentenced Friday to 75 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting another man while they were talking about the existence of God while both were under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.

12/13/2013

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

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