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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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Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Leader Targeted in Federal Drug Trafficking Probe

August 7, 2013 | 2:33 pm

Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Leader Targeted in Federal Drug Trafficking Probe

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In the month since state inmates launched a hunger strike to protest conditions at California’s highest-security lockups, corrections officials have alleged the ringleaders are major players in violent prison gangs and that their motives are far from pure. “We’re talking about convicted murderers who are putting lives at risk to advance their own agenda of […]

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Lawmakers Call for Probe of Sterilization of Female Inmates

July 11, 2013 | 1:55 pm

Lawmakers Call for Probe of Sterilization of Female Inmates

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By Corey G. Johnson, The Center for Investigative Reporting State lawmakers called today for an investigation of the physicians involved in the sterilization of women inmates and raised questions about a federal prison overseer’s role in handling the matter. In a letter to the Medical Board of California, state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, said […]

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California Female Inmates Sterilized Without State Approval

July 8, 2013 | 9:41 am

California Female Inmates Sterilized Without State Approval

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by Corey G. Johnson, Center For Investigative Reporting Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found. At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years […]

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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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