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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

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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California Deadline To Cut Prison Population Extended Once Again

A panel of federal judges has extended California’s deadline to cut its prison population to about 110,000 inmates until April 18, 2014.

12/11/2013

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Phil Matier: Governor Brown Takes Tough Stance On Anti-Crime Bills

The governor is still facing the federal mandate to reduce the population in state prisons, something he continues to fight.

10/30/2013

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California Prisons To Change Pepper Spray Rules

California prison officials said Wednesday that they will change the rules for using pepper spray on mentally ill inmates, as a federal judge considers whether current practices violate inmates’ civil rights.

10/23/2013

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

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Gov. Brown’s Appeal Of Inmate Reduction

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected an appeal by Gov. Jerry Brown of a court order that requires the state to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons by about 8,000 inmates by Jan. 27.

10/15/2013

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Attorneys Ask Oakland Federal Judge To Expand Prison Solitary Confinement Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit is moving forward in the latest legal turn over solitary confinement at a California prison with attorneys asking a U.S. District judge to expand to a class-action case.

09/27/2013

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Gov. Brown Expected To Sign Bill To Reduce State’s Overcrowded Prisons

Gov. Brown is expected to sign a bill passed by the state Legislature to help California comply with a federal court order to reduce its prison population, but some legislators oppose it saying it expands private prisons and involuntarily sends some inmates out of state.

09/12/2013

Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments to appeal a federal court's ruling last year that the California state prison system would have to release 40,000 prisoners to cope with overcrowding so severe that it violated their human rights. More than 144,000 inmates are currently incarcerated in prisons that were designed to hold about 80,000. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: 3-Strikes Law And California’s Costly Prison System

Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation’s toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and are out of prison.

09/10/2013

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