Newsom Targets Prison System Cutbacks Among Tough New Budget MeasuresGov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California's prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also because of philosophy.
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.
Female Populations Grow In U.S. Jails, But California Bucks The TrendThe number of female inmates in California jails declined by roughly .4 percent from 2014 to 2015.
Funding Request For New Jail In San Jose ClearedThe Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has voted to support an application to request state money to fund a new jail facility in San Jose.
California Releasing Thousands Of Inmates Early To Relieve Overcrowded JailsMore than 13,500 inmates across California are being released early each month to relieve crowding in local jails -- a 34 percent increase over the last three years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
SF Sheriff’s New Jail Plans Faces Criticism From Activist GroupA long-running plan to rebuild the jails above San Francisco’s Hall of Justice received criticism from activists who showed up at a meeting on Monday to review Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s proposal and said that no jail should be built.
Bill To Reduce Punishment For Drug Possession Finding SupportSan Francisco State Senator Mark Leno is more and more optimistic that his bill, which would reduce punishment for possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, will pass the full state senate when it is voted on next week.