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Tag: California prisons

May 15, 2014 | 5:15 am

Timeline: History of California Lifers Up for Parole

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A look back on the laws and governors who have shaped the parole process today.

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Behind California’s Dramatic Increase in Lifers Freed from Prisons

May 15, 2014 | 5:15 am

Behind California’s Dramatic Increase in Lifers Freed from Prisons

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An increasing percentage of murderers serving life sentences are being paroled.

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Recidivism Rate for Freed Three-Strikers Continues to Be Very Low

April 28, 2014 | 2:42 pm

Recidivism Rate for Freed Three-Strikers Continues to Be Very Low

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Stanford study finds that just 1.3 percent of those released under Prop. 36 have gone back to prison.

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Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmates ‘Horrific’

April 11, 2014 | 5:38 pm

Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmates ‘Horrific’

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Prison officials have 60 days to revise their policies for using pepper spray and isolation units.

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California’s Corrections Secretary Faces Steep Challenges

November 4, 2013 | 5:30 am

California’s Corrections Secretary Faces Steep Challenges

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Jeffrey Beard may have the toughest job in state politics, facing multiple crises since taking the job.

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State Prison Overcrowding Deadline Extended One Month

October 21, 2013 | 4:29 pm

State Prison Overcrowding Deadline Extended One Month

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Judges say court-appointed mediator needs more time to reach agreement on how to reduce inmate crowding.

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Brown Wants Extension on Inmate Transfers, But Corrections Department Making Preparations

September 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

Brown Wants Extension on Inmate Transfers, But Corrections Department Making Preparations

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Officials lay groundwork for relocating prisoners as Brown asks for extension to court-ordered deadline.

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Brown Wants More Out-of-State Incarceration (and Spending), Less Early Release

August 27, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Brown Wants More Out-of-State Incarceration (and Spending), Less Early Release

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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 […]

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Judge Approves Request For Force-Feeding of Some California Inmates

August 19, 2013 | 3:50 pm

Judge Approves Request For Force-Feeding of Some California Inmates

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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 […]

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Unauthorized Sterilization of Women Prisoners at Issue in State Hearing

August 14, 2013 | 12:23 pm

Unauthorized Sterilization of Women Prisoners at Issue in State Hearing

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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 […]

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