Judge Extends California Prison Crowding Deadline 1 Month The judges said in a one-paragraph order, without comment, that a court-appointed mediator needs more time to seek agreement on how the state should reduce inmate crowding.
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Gov. Brown's Appeal Of Inmate ReductionThe U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected an appeal by Gov. Jerry Brown of a court order that requires the state to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons by about 8,000 inmates by Jan. 27.
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.
Gov. Brown Expected To Sign Bill To Reduce State’s Overcrowded PrisonsGov. Brown is expected to sign a bill passed by the state Legislature to help California comply with a federal court order to reduce its prison population, but some legislators oppose it saying it expands private prisons and involuntarily sends some inmates out of state.
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.
Sentences Cut Short For 1,000 California 3-Strike PrisonersSupporters 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 have been released from prison.
State Senate Panel Criticizes Gov. Brown's Prison Plan, Backs More RehabDemocrats in the state Senate on Wednesday backed a plan to spend $200 million this year on rehabilitation programs instead of renting thousands of cells in private prisons and county jails to meet a federal court demand that California reduce its inmate population.
California Clears Same-Sex Weddings For Prison InmatesCalifornia prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions.
Gov. Brown Proposes $315 Million Fix To Prison OvercrowdingGov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California’s prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send inmates to private prisons and empty county jail cells.
California Prison Guard Union Approves Pay RaiseLeaders of the union representing most state prison guards have given tentative approval to a two-year contract containing a 4 percent pay raise.
Judge OKs California's Request To Force-Feed Hunger-Striking InmatesState and federal prison officials on Monday sought a judge's permission to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide hunger strike entered its seventh week.
Holder Proposes Changes In Criminal Justice System During SF SpeechAttorney General Eric Holder called for scaling back the use of harsh prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes and diversion of low-level offenders to drug treatment and community service.
California Seeks To Move Inmates To Private PrisonsCalifornia officials say they will seek to move thousands of inmates to private prisons in a last-ditch attempt to avoid releasing violent offenders to ease prison crowding.
Oakland Protesters Block State Building In Solidarity With Prison Hunger StrikeA group of activists blocked the front entrance to the state building in downtown Oakland Monday morning in support of California prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike over the issue of solitary confinement.
California Prisons Allegedly Coerced Sterilization Of Pregnant InmatesThe health care department for California's prison system is under fire, after reports that pregnant inmates were coerced into having sterilization surgery.