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Tag: California prisons

September 27, 2011 | 3:02 pm

Thousands of Prisoners Renew Hunger Strike

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This tweeted about 15 minutes ago by KQED News’ Michael Montgomery: Hunger strike restarting–thousands of Cal inmates refusing meals over harsh conditions, say officials and advocates. — Michael Montgomery (@MichaelMontCW) September 27, 2011 Update 4:10 p.m. The strike has been confirmed by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation: CDCR confirms thousands of inmates at […]

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A Tale of 2 Inmates: Gang Lord, Petty Thief Both Wind Up in Windowless Isolation Units

September 15, 2011 | 12:28 pm

A Tale of 2 Inmates: Gang Lord, Petty Thief Both Wind Up in Windowless Isolation Units

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From California Watch One man was a petty thief mistakenly identified as a player in a violent Latino prison gang. The other was a convicted murderer whose numerous assaults behind bars and continuing influence on the streets earned him a reputation as a ruthless gang leader. The fact that both men were locked for years […]

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Security Housing Units, Extreme Isolation at Heart of Inmate Hunger Strike, is Subject of Hearing

August 23, 2011 | 1:35 pm

Security Housing Units, Extreme Isolation at Heart of Inmate Hunger Strike, is Subject of Hearing

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Corrections officials told state lawmakers today they’re committed to changing the state’s controversial use of isolation units at four prisons, including Pelican Bay. At an Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing, Michael Montgomery reports, legislators pressed prison officials on three main issues: how an inmate is put inside an isolation unit, how long they stay there […]

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Prison Officials Say Conditions Will Improve, Inmates Ready to Strike Again

August 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

Prison Officials Say Conditions Will Improve, Inmates Ready to Strike Again

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By Michael Montgomery [original blog post available at CaliforniaWatch.org] State corrections officials are moving forward with a major policy initiative that could improve conditions and reduce the length of time some inmates spend in controversial isolation units. The changes are being proposed amid threats of another hunger strike by inmates who spearheaded one last month […]

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LAO Publishes Status Report, Recommendations on Prison Overcrowding

August 5, 2011 | 3:21 pm

LAO Publishes Status Report, Recommendations on Prison Overcrowding

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The Legislative Analyst Office has released its recommendations for how California can comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s May ruling requiring the state to “reduce overcrowding in its prisons to 137.5 percent of its ‘design capacity’ within two years.” The top-level bullet points from the executive summary are: Encourage the administration to request additional time […]

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Dept of Corrections Says Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay Prison Over; Interview: Permeation of Gangs in Calif. Prisons

July 21, 2011 | 11:24 am

Dept of Corrections Says Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay Prison Over; Interview: Permeation of Gangs in Calif. Prisons

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The department sent out a statement about 10 minutes ago: SACRAMENTO – Today, Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), announced that inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison have ended their hunger strike. “Hunger strikes are a dangerous and ineffective way for prisoners to attempt to negotiate,” Secretary Cate said. […]

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Prisoners on Hunger Strike Show Signs of Starvation, Official Wants to Force-Feed

July 20, 2011 | 11:20 am

Prisoners on Hunger Strike Show Signs of Starvation, Official Wants to Force-Feed

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Hundreds of California prisoners are approaching three weeks on a hunger strike, including a few showing signs of starvation. 
The strike protesting the conditions in Security Housing Units began at Pelican Bay State Prison on July 1, and has since spread to other prisons across the state. Prisoners in SHUs spend 23 hours a day […]

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Morning Splash: Calif. Prisons Released Risky Inmates; Stow Beating Suspect Appears in Lineup

May 26, 2011 | 7:59 am

Morning Splash: Calif. Prisons Released Risky Inmates; Stow Beating Suspect Appears in Lineup

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Calif. prisons wrongly released risky inmates (SF Chronicle) California prison officials wrongly left more than 1,500 parolees on the streets without supervision last year, including more than 450 with a “high risk for violence,” the prisons’ inspector general said Wednesday. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation mishandled a new state law under which inmates who […]

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More California Prison Photos From the Supreme Court Case on Overcrowding

May 25, 2011 | 1:15 pm

More California Prison Photos From the Supreme Court Case on Overcrowding

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The other day we ran a post that showed the photos the Supreme Court included in its decision ordering California to reduce its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates. Rosen, Bien & Galvan, a law firm involved in the case, has posted about 60 more images that it used during the trial. Click […]

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Photos From the California Prison Overcrowding Case

May 25, 2011 | 1:03 pm

Photos From the California Prison Overcrowding Case

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MORE PHOTOS HERE

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