Stanford-NAACP study says only 2 percent of inmates released under Prop. 36 have returned to prison.
Brown and legislative leaders agree to pass competing plans to meet court order to cut prison population.
State inmates end a two-month hunger strike after lawmakers agree to hold hearings over isolation units.
Women working in the fields and food-processing plants face sexual violence and harassment.
After deliberating for less than eight hours, a Marin County Superior Court jury on Tuesday found Joseph Naso guilty of killing two young prostitutes in the 1970s and two others in the 1990s. Naso acted as his own attorney in the two-month trial, in which prosecutors presented DNA and other compelling evidence against him. Marin […]
Two men received long prison sentences for their roles in a brutal 2009 gang rape in Richmond. The victim, who was 16 at the time, was robbed, beaten, raped and abused for more than two hours in a dark courtyard of Richmond High School during a homecoming dance. Jose Montano, 22, of Richmond, received a maximum prison […]
The Marin County bicyclist who fatally struck a pedestrian crossing the street in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service. About a dozen family members of the victim, 71-year-old Sutchi Hui, were present. Terry Hui, son of the victim, read a statement in court. “Please […]
A woman who was found dead in Vacaville on Friday has been identified as missing 50-yer-old Oakland resident Sandra Coke, Oakland police said today. Police said Coke was the victim of a homicide. Spokeswoman Johnna Watson said at a brief news conference at police headquarters this afternoon that the department is not yet able to release more details about […]
Holder Calls For Less Severe Drug Sentencing; Gascón Looking at Making ‘Simple Drug Possession’ a Misdemeanor
WASHINGTON (AP and KQED) — With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder called Monday for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes. In remarks to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder said he […]
Archcriminal Whitey Bulger was convicted today in Boston on murder and racketeering charges, and he faces life in prison when he’s sentenced on Nov. 13. Not the first time he’s been there, of course. As we wrote about in 2011, when Bulger was captured after 17 years on the lam, he was incarcerated at Alcatraz […]