Bill would bar police from handing over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities in most cases.
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.
Bay Bridge east span opens, San Francisco’s Lusty Lady closes and state inmate hunger strike ends.
State inmates end a two-month hunger strike after lawmakers agree to hold hearings over isolation units.
Gov. Jerry Brown is giving in to the federal judges whom he’s fought all year over the solution to fixing California’s overcrowded prisons. Brown battled to throw out a court order requiring California to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of system capacity by the end of the year. When the judges stuck to […]
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 […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials on Monday to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week. Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 […]
By Corey Johnson, The Center for Investigative Reporting Top state lawmakers pledged Tuesday to pursue legislation to prevent sterilization abuses in prisons. State Sen. Loni Hancock, chairwoman of the Public Safety Committee, made the announcement during a packed hearing at the state Capitol. It was called in response to an investigation by the Center for […]
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 […]