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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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Watch ‘Prison Break’: Special on Shift of Inmates to Local Jails

August 24, 2012 | 2:51 pm

Watch ‘Prison Break’: Special on Shift of Inmates to Local Jails

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Realignment is one of those terms that seems to connote nothing about its true meaning. (It has nothing to do with brakes, for instance.) That’s unfortunate, because what we talk about when we talk about realignment is nothing less than the unprecedented overhaul of California’s criminal justice system, spurred by  a U.S. Supreme Court decision […]

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August 23, 2012 | 2:36 pm

Video: George Gascon, Steve Cooley Back Nov. Ballot Initiative Softening 3-Strikes Law

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A tale of two DA’s: George Gascon, Steve Cooley. One is a San Francisco Democrat, the other an LA Republican. Cooley lost the 2010 California Attorney General race to Kamala Harris, whom Gascon then replaced as San Francisco’s District Attorney. Now, here are the two criminal justice officials together, interviewed by Scott Shafer, discussing their […]

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Calif. to Start Bringing Back Inmates in Out-of-State Prisons

July 12, 2012 | 10:34 am

Calif. to Start Bringing Back Inmates in Out-of-State Prisons

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by Michael Montgomery, California Watch With severe overcrowding easing in state lockups, California is winding down a controversial deal with the nation’s biggest private prison operator and will bring thousands of inmates housed in facilities as far away as Mississippi back to California within the next few years. Currently, some 9,500 state inmates are serving […]

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High-Tech Plan to Block Prison Cell Phones ‘Unwise,’ Report Says

May 11, 2012 | 8:21 am

High-Tech Plan to Block Prison Cell Phones ‘Unwise,’ Report Says

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From California Watch A deal between Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and a private communications company to deploy special equipment to block the rampant use of contraband cell phones by state prison inmates is based on a technology that is unproven and could undermine public safety, according to a new report. A studyby the nonpartisan California […]

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