State is responding in part to videos of pepper-spray incidents disclosed as part of inmate lawsuit.
Federal health officials make recommendation after dozens of deaths at two prisons since 2008. Read more …
Court says it will act in next 30 days on state’s request to delay complying with limit on inmates.
After long prison sentences, third strikers who are released must readjust with little assistance.
More than 1,000 three strikers have been released since voters passed Prop. 36, softening the law.
by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struggled with how to gauge whether conditions for mentally ill inmates in California prisons have improved enough under federal oversight to return control of the facilities to the state, as Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking. Lawyers for California argued in court […]
By Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates on long-term sentences in jails designed for stays of a year or less, according to the first report detailing the growth in that population under Gov. Jerry Brown’s criminal justice realignment strategy. The oversight of so many long-term inmates is […]
You could call it a “prison within a prison”: a supermax facility so isolating that some inmates say they haven’t seen the night sky in years. Prison reform advocates say that inmates at the Security Housing Unit of California’s Pelican Bay State Prison began a hunger strike this morning, protesting conditions they call inhumane. Officials […]