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.
Motion Seeks California Prisoner Release Over Coronavirus Threat; State Asks Court Not To InterfereLawyers for California prison inmates will ask a three-judge federal court on Thursday for an order releasing some prisoners, saying there is a danger the COVID-19 coronavirus could “spread like wildfire” among inmates and staff in the state’s crowded prisons.
Inmates, Staff Injured In 3rd California Prison Brawl In 3 DaysMore than a dozen inmates and two staff members were injured in the third brawl inside a California prison this week.
California To Offer Vegan Meal Option In PrisonsA new California law is changing the menu at state prisons, with inmates now allowed to request vegan meals.
New California Prison Sentencing Rules To Cut Inmate Population By 9,500Corrections officials announced new criminal sentencing rules on Friday that aim to trim California's prison population by 9,500 inmates after four years.
Cellphones Keep Cropping Up Inside California PrisonsInside the walls of San Quentin State Prison, inmates are forbidden to have cell phones. Nevertheless, some inmates have been able to post selfies in the slammer on social media.
Harsh California Prison 'Potty Watch' Contraband Searches Are Mostly A WasteCalifornia prison "potty watch" contraband searches have been used 1,200 times in the last 2 1/2 years, yet reports show they produced results less than 41 percent of the time.
Illicit Drugs 'Rampant' In California Prisons Despite Stepped-Up SearchesCalifornia inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate and it's unclear if the tough steps state officials took to stop illicit drugs from getting into prisons are having any effect.
KCBS In Depth: 'Project Rebound' Transforms Prison Inmates Into ScholarsThis week, KCBS In Depth co-hosts Jane McMillan and Ed Cavagnaro speak with Project Rebound director Jason Bell, who is also a former inmate and became a college graduate through the innovative program at San Francisco State University that’ has been helping former inmates earn their college degrees as soon as they are released from prison.
Study Attributes Boost In Property Crime To State Prison RealignmentAuto theft increased significantly in California and other property crimes also rose after the state began an initiative resulting in more inmates being released early.
Allegations Against California Prison Employees Not Fully ProbedA state report found that California prison employees are not being as thoroughly investigated over allegations of wrongdoing since a federal judge stopped supervising prison discipline in 2011.
Attorneys Ask Oakland Federal Judge To Expand Prison Solitary Confinement LawsuitA 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.
Federal Panel Extends Deadline For California To Reduce Prison PopulationFederal judges have agreed to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California’s prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis.
Legislature Sends Gov. Brown Bill On California Prison DealThe Legislature has approved a compromise plan to deal with California’s prison crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend the deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.
Phil Matier: 3-Strikes Law And California's Costly Prison SystemSupporters 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.