Report: Transfer Of COVID-Positive California Prisoners Caused 'Public Health Disaster'The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation risked the health and safety of thousands of inmates and prison staff last year by transferring potentially COVID-19-positive inmates to San Quentin State Prison, according to a report released Monday by the state's inspector general.
Closing 8 California Prisons Could Save $1 Billion, Analyst Report SaysCalifornia, which has a declining prison population, could save more than $1 billion by closing eight lockups, the Legislative Analyst’s Office said in a report Thursday.
Court Orders Immediate Release Or Transfer 1,700 San Quentin Prison Inmates Over COVID OutbreakA state appeals court ordered San Quentin State Prison on Tuesday to immediately cut its inmate population by half, which would require transferring or releasing about 1,700 inmates, over the state's inability to manage a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the prison.
California Closing Deuel Vocational Institute In Tracy; 1st of 2 State Prisons To Be ShutteredA state prison in Tracy will be closed within a year as part of the Governor Gavin Newsom's state budget that calls for two state prisons to be shuttered by 2023.
San Jose City Council Supports Restoring Voting Rights to ParoleesThe San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse a measure slated for the November ballot that restores voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals.
Newsom Signs Bill Lifting Barriers To Inmate Fire Crews Pursuing Firefighter CareersStanding where firefighters have battled one of the many major wildfires burning across the state, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday to remove barriers to inmate fire crews seeking careers as first responders once out of prison.
California Sued Over Death Of San Quentin Prisoner From COVID-19The family of a San Quentin State Prison inmate who died from COVID-19 filed a suit against the State of California and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation over his death.
Lawsuit Filed Over Rectal Exams For California Prison GuardsNearly 200 current and former California correctional officers have filed a lawsuit alleging that they were forced to take unnecessary rectal exams that amounted to sexual assault.
Inmate Death At NorCal Prison Investigated As HomicideAn inmate from Contra Costa County is accused of a beating in June at a state prison in San Joaquin County that turned fatal last week when the victim succumbed to his injuries, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
California Ups COVID-19 Early Inmate Release Estimate Amid ObjectionsState prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus.
3 More San Quentin Inmates Die Over Weekend Of COVID ComplicationsThree more inmates at San Quentin State prison died over the weekend from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Thousands Of California Prison Inmates Set To Be Released Because Of COVID-19 OutbreaksCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to announce the release of thousands of prison inmates in a move prompted by a worsening coronavirus outbreak at San Quentin State Prison and a number of other prison facilities.
Elderly Inmate Beaten To Death At Vacaville Prison Medical Facility; Cellmate AccusedAn elderly inmate serving a life sentence for second-degree murder was apparently beaten to death inside his cell at California Medical Facility prison in Vacaville and his cellmate was accused of the homicide.
Inmates Who Walked Away From Humboldt Co. Prison Camp CapturedAuthorities on Sunday captured two minimum-security inmates who walked away from a prison camp in Northern California on Friday night.
Gov. Newsom Commutes 21 Prisoners' Sentences, Including MurderersGov. Gavin Newsom on Friday pardoned five people who already served their time and commuted the sentences of 21 state prison inmates, including more than a dozen convicted of murder or related crimes.