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Court Rebuffs Brown on Delaying Release of Inmates

July 3, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Court Rebuffs Brown on Delaying Release of Inmates

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of federal judges refused Wednesday to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional inmates by the end of the year. The decision rejecting a request by Gov. Jerry Brown pushed the long-running court battle back to the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether poor medical and mental […]

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Court Rules Gov. Brown Must Comply With Reducing Prison Population

June 20, 2013 | 1:23 pm

Court Rules Gov. Brown Must Comply With Reducing Prison Population

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California’s prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve the medical and mental health care for state inmates. The judges stopped short of citing the Democratic […]

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Report Outlines Abuses by California Prison Staff

April 3, 2013 | 2:02 pm

Report Outlines Abuses by California Prison Staff

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report by the state prison system’s inspector general reveals numerous examples of extreme misconduct by prison guards and state parole agents. The cases included a parole agent who is accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another and a prison guard who partied with inmates as they were drinking a […]

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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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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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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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Gov. Brown Appoints New Head of California Prisons

December 19, 2012 | 11:31 am

Gov. Brown Appoints New Head of California Prisons

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed a retired corrections chief from Pennsylvania to head California’s prison system as it transitions to a smaller institution with more violent prisoners. The Democratic governor named Jeffrey Beard, 65, as secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Beard oversaw a much smaller department […]

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High Pay a Costly Legacy of Calif. Prison Receiver

October 19, 2012 | 4:22 pm

High Pay a Costly Legacy of Calif. Prison Receiver

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A doctor at California Medical Facility was paid more than $410,000 last year, while a registered nurse at High Desert State Prison made nearly $236,000 — more than twice the statewide average in both cases. A pharmacist at Corcoran State Prison was paid more than $196,000, nearly double what is typical […]

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October 1, 2012 | 8:28 am

A.M. Splash: Plastic Bag Ban Starts in SF; More Rich Live in High-Tax States; Prison Reform Results Mixed; Voters Favor 3-Strikes Reform

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Expanded plastic bag ban takes effect Monday (SF Chronicle) There’s one more thing San Franciscans need to add to their shopping list or pay up- a reusable bag. On Monday, the city’s checkout ordinance ban signed into law in February takes effect, banning plastic bags at all retail stores and imposing a 10-cent charge for […]

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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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