COVID: California Prison System Fights Virus Outbreaks Amid Staff ConcernsWith a new and more infectious coronavirus variant sweeping California, attorneys representing inmates say violations of health orders by prison staff risk a repeat of the outbreaks that killed dozens in the first year of the pandemic.
State Attorney General Renews Call To Ban For-Profit PrisonsState Attorney General Rob Bonta asked the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to reconsider a ruling that rejected California’s first-in-the-nation ban on for-profit private prisons and immigration detention facilities.
COVID: Certain California Prison Guards Must Be Vaccinated, Judge RulesA judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities' health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
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.
California Moves To Phase Out State-Run Youth PrisonsCalifornia is phasing out its state-run youth prisons and shifting the responsibility to counties.
Measures On Assault Rifles, Student Loans Among New California Laws Taking Effect July 1Several new California laws are set to take effect Thursday, when the new fiscal year begins.
Thousands of California Prisoners Now Eligible for Earlier ReleasesCalifornia is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.
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.
California May Have Paid Out-Of-State Inmates More Than $40 Million In Job BenefitsMore than $40 million in California funding intended to help people left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic probably went to inmates in out-of-state jails and prisons
California EDD Fraud Victims, Lawmakers Frustrated About Latest Unemployment Scam Involving PrisonersProsecutors believe more than $140 million in state benefits have been paid out to California prisoners. This comes on the heels of another big problem with unemployment insurance benefits from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
Prosecutors: Over 35,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Names Of Prison Convicts, Including Death Row Inmates Scott Peterson And Cary StaynerA California prosecutor says someone has filed an unemployment claim in the name of convicted murderer Scott Peterson.
California Voters To Review Criminal Justice, Bail ReformsCalifornia voters will consider rolling back a host of criminal justice changes in what amounts to a referendum on whether the progressive state has become too lenient.
Federal Judges Urged To Free Thousands Of California Inmates At Risk For CoronavirusAttorneys representing California inmates late Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking federal judges to free thousands of infirm and lower-security prisoners to prevent what they predict will otherwise be the catastrophic spread of coronavirus.
Peacemaking Effort Among California Prison Gangs Halted After Brawls, RiotsCalifornia prison officials have halted an experiment aimed at forcing warring prison gangs to get along with each other after the inmates wound up brawling and even rioting.
Riot At Soledad State Prison Injures Nearly 60 PrisonersDozens of inmates were injured in a prison riot in Soledad late Wednesday morning and guards fired nine rounds from a rifle as warning shots to break it up.