2020 Voter Referendum To Challenge New Law Ending Cash BailA historic California law that would replace cash bail with a risk assessment system has been put on hold because a referendum challenging it qualified for the November 2020 ballot.
Santa Clara Co. Reaches $1.6M Settlement Over Jail ConditionsThe Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has reached a $1.6 million settlement in a class action lawsuit filed three years ago alleging overuse of solitary confinement and inadequate medical care at county jails, sheriff’s officials said.
Suit Against San Francisco Claims Inmates Were Exposed To Human WastePersistent sewage problems at the San Francisco Hall of Justice is creating dangerous and unhealthy conditions for prisoners at the building's main jail, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Monday against the city.
California Considers Requiring Prison Inmates Have Access To Vegan MealsA California legislator introduced legislation to ensure that those confined to prison and hospitals have access to plant-based meals.
San Francisco Jails Implement Reforms For Transgender, Gender Variant And Non-Binary InmatesSan Francisco Sheriff's Department is one of the first agencies in the nation to address the needs of transgender, gender variant and non-binary inmates in its jails.
Masked Inmates Booby Trapped Entire Cell Block At Santa Cruz JailMasked inmates armed with soap, books and mattresses booby-trapped an entire cell block at the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Deputies End Inmates Standoff Inside Santa Cruz County JailSanta Cruz County deputies have ended an escalating standoff inside the county jail after inmates used "mattresses as makeshift barricades and prepared tools for offensive and defensive use.”
Activists Raise Concerns About Conditions In Alameda County JailsInmate rights activists told an Alameda County Board of Supervisors committee Thursday that they’re concerned about the conditions at the county’s two jails.
California Judges Can Refuse To Lighten 3-Strike SentencesDespite recent ballot measures, the California Supreme Court ruled judges have broad authority in refusing to lighten the sentences of "three-strike" inmates.
California's Transgender Inmates Could Soon Be Allowed Bras, CosmeticsThe proposed changes come after a lawsuit made California the first state to provide an inmate with taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery.
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.
California Bill Helps Transgender Inmates Change Their NamesCalifornia could make it easier for inmates to legally change their names or gender identification.
Alameda County Takes In Evacuated Butte County InmatesAmong the many concerns facing Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea when the order was given to evacuate areas near the Oroville Dam spillway was what to do with more than 500 inmates in the county jail.
Former Marin County Man Convicted Of Tax Fraud Using Inmates' IdentitiesA former Marin County man was convicted of using prison and jail inmates' social security numbers to get federal income tax refunds.
Cost To Modernize California Prison Medical Records Nearing $400MA massive project to modernize medical record-keeping for California prison inmates has more than doubled in cost from original estimates to nearly $400 million in just three years.