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Tag: California prisons

April 23, 2012 | 12:39 pm

Calif. Releases New Master Plan For Prisons

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California prison officials on Monday released a wide-ranging reorganization plan that calls for halting a $4 billion prison-construction program and bringing back all inmates held out of state. The master plan outlines the department’s recommendations for ending years of federal court oversight, overcrowding, poor inmate medical and mental health treatment, and soaring […]

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March 2, 2012 | 3:52 pm

Iconic ‘Bad Beds’ in State Prisons Dismantled; Video, Photos

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“The way something becomes iconic, it’s emblazoned in the minds and the memories of the citizens. Whether it was on television news, whether it was photographs in an AP story, or, like me, I saw these same photos as I sat as a witness in front of the three-judge panel in the states’ overcrowding case…It […]

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Hundreds of California Prisoners Could be Transferred From Isolation Units Subject of Strike

October 27, 2011 | 12:02 pm

Hundreds of California Prisoners Could be Transferred From Isolation Units Subject of Strike

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by Michael Montgomery and Sarah Terry-Cobo, California Watch Hundreds of California prisoners locked in stark segregation units could be transferred to regular prison cells under new policies being developed by state corrections officials. The transfers could include inmates who have been held for decades at Pelican Bay State Prison’s windowless Security Housing Unit, which was […]

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October 18, 2011 | 8:13 am

Raw Video: Freed Iran Hikers Talk to Occupy Oakland, Support Prison Hunger Strikes

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Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal, the three UC Berkeley grads who were taken captive by Iran while hiking near the border, spoke to the Occupy Oakland protesters at their encampment in front of City Hall yesterday. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal also spoke in support of the Pelican Bay prison hunger strikes, drawing […]

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Realignment is Here — Counties to Receive Non-Violent Criminals From State

September 29, 2011 | 1:49 pm

Realignment is Here — Counties to Receive Non-Violent Criminals From State

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Starting this weekend, under a new law, AB 109, counties will be responsible for non-violent criminals and parolees instead of the state. The reason for the shift? The state’s prisons are “bursting with people,” The California Report’s Scott Shafer told KQED’s Mina Kim yesterday. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce […]

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State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike

September 29, 2011 | 10:12 am

State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike

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State corrections officials yesterday threatened to discipline thousands of inmates who have resumed a hunger strike over conditions at California’s highest-security lockups. A state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation memo distributed to all state inmates(pdf) said any prisoner participating in the strike would receive disciplinary action “in accordance with the California Code of Regulations.” The […]

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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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