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Tag: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Governor Seeks Two More Years to Cut Prison Population

January 23, 2014 | 5:09 pm

Governor Seeks Two More Years to Cut Prison Population

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Facing a court-ordered April deadline, state says it needs more time to cut number of inmates.

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State Challenges Federal Oversight of Prisons

January 8, 2013 | 1:00 pm

State Challenges Federal Oversight of Prisons

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Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging federal oversight of state prisons. “The prison emergency is over,” Brown said in a press conference Tuesday morning. “After decades of work, the job is now complete.” He filed court documents late Monday night arguing that efforts to reduce prison populations have already succeeded and don’t need to go any […]

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Amnesty International Slams Calif. Prisons’ Isolation Cells

September 28, 2012 | 3:36 pm

Amnesty International Slams Calif. Prisons’ Isolation Cells

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The global human rights group Amnesty International is calling on California to use fewer isolation units in its prison system. In a study released Thursday, the human rights group called these units “cruel, degrading and inhumane.” Corrections officials isolate inmates they say are the “worst of the worst”–those who have committed violent crimes in prison […]

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July 1, 2011 | 2:14 pm

Pelican Bay Prisoners Reportedly on Hunger Strike

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You could call it a “prison within a prison”: a supermax facility so isolating that some inmates say they haven’t seen the night sky in years. Prison reform advocates say that inmates at the Security Housing Unit of California’s Pelican Bay State Prison began a hunger strike this morning, protesting conditions they call inhumane. Officials […]

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