COVID: California Orders Some Correctional Employees To Get VaccinatedGuards, janitors, administrators and other California corrections personnel who don't provide health care services directly but who may be exposed to the coronavirus will now be required to get vaccinated under a new state public health order released this week.
Aryan Brotherhood Hitman On San Quentin Death Row Dies In Prison Of Natural CausesA convicted killer and reputed hitman for the Aryan Brotherhood on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison for 35 years has died of natural causes, correction officials said.
Report Finds California Prison Employment Program Illegally Spent $1.3MA California prison program that employs inmates is under fire after auditors found it illegally spent $1.3 million on goods and salaries, including $82,000 in artificial turf that has gone unused, auditors said Tuesday.
Jessie Lee Cooks, Convicted In San Francisco 'Zebra Murders,' Dies In Prison HospitalOne of the infamous "Zebra Killers" who terrorized San Francisco residents in the early 70s has died at a prison hospital, corrections authorities announced Thursday.
California Moves To Phase Out State-Run Youth PrisonsCalifornia is phasing out its state-run youth prisons and shifting the responsibility to counties.
Inmate Dies At NorCal Prison; Cellmate Identified As SuspectThe death of an inmate at High Desert State Prison in Lassan County is being investigated as a possible homicide, and the man's cellmate was identified as a suspect, corrections officials said.
California Department Of Corrections New Telecom Contract Reduces Inmate Phone Call PricesThe California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Monday that it has reduced the cost of phone calls for inmates after signing a new, six-year telephone service contract.
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.