Category Archives: Prisons

Judge Rejects Ending Prison Health Oversight

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The federal judge who took control of California prison health care some three years ago rejected a request today to scrap the court-appointed receivership. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson denied a petition from Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown … Continue reading »


Prison Overcrowding: Supremes A'Go-Go

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It may not be the next step in the process, but you could place a safe bet that the wheels are now in motion for the state of California to ultimately ask the Supreme Court of the United States to … Continue reading »


Shift Juvenile, Drug Offenders to Counties?

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There are some in government circles who think that times of great crisis actually provide the most opportunity for change. That’s a familiar narrative in the nation’s capital these days, and one that the Legislature’s corps of budget analysts is … Continue reading »


Audit: $26.7 Million "Improperly" Spent By Prison Receiver

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A new state audit concludes the original federally court appointed receiver overseeing health care in California prisons “improperly” approved $26.7 million in spending on information technology needs. State Auditor Elaine Howle’s new report raps the knuckles of the receivership program … Continue reading »


Podcast Post Weekend

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Just a note that we’re going to hold on to the next edition of the podcast until after this weekend’s budget developments.


Add $3.1 Billion to Budget Deficit?

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There’s a chance the budget hole just got deeper, if the courts side with the man tapped to resolve problems with health care in California’s prisons. Clark Kelso, the federal court appointed receiver for prison health care, decided today to … Continue reading »


Prison Hot Potato

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If you only remember two things about the crisis in California prisons, might I suggest the following: (1) the prisons are overcrowded and in the crosshairs of the federal courts, and (2) the prison system is apparently in need of … Continue reading »


Court Receiver Ups The Ante, Again

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Henry Hill: “You’re a pistol, you’re really funny. You’re really funny.” Tommy DeVito: “What do you mean I’m funny? You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me… but I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m … Continue reading »


Audit: New Death Row To Cost Even More

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The state auditor is out with a report this morning sure to further complicate not only the state’s financial picture, but the larger debate over expenses and needs inside California’s prisons. The news: a new Death Row facility at San … Continue reading »


The California Paradox

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When people speak of “The French Paradox,” they’re referring to that pesky disconnect between the high fat diets of the people of France and their relatively low rates of heart disease. But perhaps we need to promote our own paradox … Continue reading »