Tag Archives: California Prisons

What Prisons Plan Will Judges Get?

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On Friday, a trio of federal judges will be waiting with hands outstretched for a plan from the state of California to resolve the overcrowded conditions behind its prison walls. And it’s now looking like a distinct possibility that the … Continue reading »


Too Much But Not Enough

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A cease-fire to the water wars that have lasted for most of California’s modern existence. A prison overcrowding problem that’s about to be yanked from state control by federal judges. A broad expansion of California’s commitment to sources of renewable … Continue reading »


Uncertain Fate for Prison Fix-Lite

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For those who wanted a quick fix to California’s prison woes, some advice: don’t hold your breath. Eleven days after the state Senate narrowly approved a wide-ranging plan to change the prison system, the Assembly has now approved a much … Continue reading »


Jailhouse Blues

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As we reported in this morning’s radio story for The California Report, yesterday’s action (and inaction) by the Legislature on a major prison reform bill fell victim to one of the essential truths in politics: a deal’s not done until … Continue reading »


Prison Plan Likely to Spark Fireworks

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It won’t be the only proposal before the Legislature on Thursday, but it will definitely be the main event: a plan to save money and lower the population of California’s prisons. That plan, endorsed both by legislative Democrats, is expected … Continue reading »


"We Will Not Be Rushed"

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That was the sentiment this morning from the President pro Tempore of the California Senate, universally known as a nice guy but perhaps ready to make sure that no one equates nice guy with pushover. Implicit in that comment from … Continue reading »


Prisons Debate: A Numbers Game?

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Quick, jot down the following numbers: 167,000… $1.2 billion… $3 million… 4%… 37%… 2.4. They’re going to come in handy when lawmakers soon wrap themselves in a one of the most complicated and controversial areas of public policy: prisons. The … 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 »