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A Year After Release, Only 2 Percent of Three Strikers Charged With New Crimes

November 15, 2013 | 10:24 am

A Year After Release, Only 2 Percent of Three Strikers Charged With New Crimes

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More than 1,000 three strikers have been released since voters passed Prop. 36, softening the law.

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How Imprisoned Mexican Mafia Leader Exerts Secret Control Over L.A. Street Gangs

September 19, 2013 | 3:55 pm

How Imprisoned Mexican Mafia Leader Exerts Secret Control Over L.A. Street Gangs

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A gang leader in the recent hunger strike allegedly sent a secret letter detailing “reglas” to gang members.

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Report Says That So Far, Newly Released ‘Three Strikes’ Inmates Staying out of Trouble

September 9, 2013 | 4:55 pm

Report Says That So Far, Newly Released ‘Three Strikes’ Inmates Staying out of Trouble

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Stanford-NAACP study says only 2 percent of inmates released under Prop. 36 have returned to prison.

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Prison Hunger Strike Ends After Lawmakers Plan Hearings

September 5, 2013 | 10:38 am

Prison Hunger Strike Ends After Lawmakers Plan Hearings

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State inmates end a two-month hunger strike after lawmakers agree to hold hearings over isolation units.

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Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Leader Targeted in Federal Drug Trafficking Probe

August 7, 2013 | 2:33 pm

Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Leader Targeted in Federal Drug Trafficking Probe

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In the month since state inmates launched a hunger strike to protest conditions at California’s highest-security lockups, corrections officials have alleged the ringleaders are major players in violent prison gangs and that their motives are far from pure. “We’re talking about convicted murderers who are putting lives at risk to advance their own agenda of […]

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Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

February 25, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

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“I haven’t seen the moon since 1998.” That’s inmate Jeremy Beasley, talking to me while sitting–shackled–in an interview room at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s highest security lockup. Beasley, a convicted murderer, was clearly surprised by my presence—he told me he hadn’t met with a visitor since 1994, when he was incarcerated. It’s not just […]

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Faced With Lawsuit, State Moves to Transfer Prisoners From Controversial Isolation Units

December 28, 2012 | 12:22 pm

Faced With Lawsuit, State Moves to Transfer Prisoners From Controversial Isolation Units

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Facing a federal lawsuit, state corrections officials are moving forward with a plan to transfer hundreds of alleged prison gang members from controversial isolation units to regular lockups around the state. The first group of 45 inmates will be removed from the state’s Security Housing Units in the coming weeks, said Kelly Harrington, associate director […]

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Advocacy Groups Wary of New Plan for Prison Isolation Units

September 14, 2012 | 10:28 am

Advocacy Groups Wary of New Plan for Prison Isolation Units

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By Michael Montgomery, California Watch State corrections officials are moving forward with a plan for handling prison gangs and other violent groups, including changing rules that have kept some inmates locked in special isolation units for decades. But the initiative is raising concern among prisoner rights advocates and some experts who worry that it will […]

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New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

August 14, 2012 | 10:48 am

New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

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by Michael Montgomery, California Watch For years, legalization advocates have argued that marijuana is America’s leading cash crop, outranking corn, wheat, soy and a host of other heartland staples produced on an industrial scale. Bringing pot production above ground, the argument goes, could produce a $30 billion tax bonanza for cash-strapped governments and a huge […]

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Calif. to Start Bringing Back Inmates in Out-of-State Prisons

July 12, 2012 | 10:34 am

Calif. to Start Bringing Back Inmates in Out-of-State Prisons

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by Michael Montgomery, California Watch With severe overcrowding easing in state lockups, California is winding down a controversial deal with the nation’s biggest private prison operator and will bring thousands of inmates housed in facilities as far away as Mississippi back to California within the next few years. Currently, some 9,500 state inmates are serving […]

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