Prisoners’ rights group says, despite progress, dozens of counties still have not met letter of 2013 law.
Facing a court-ordered April deadline, state says it needs more time to cut number of inmates.
Brown and legislative leaders agree to pass competing plans to meet court order to cut prison population.
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 […]
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 […]
Shoshana Walter, California Watch One day in March, a blind man was booked into the San Bernardino County jail. A parole violator, he could see only four inches in front of his face. At the West Valley Detention Center, according to his account, deputies assigned him the upper bunk in a cell at the top […]
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Two inmates escaped from the North County Detention Facility in Sonoma County on Wednesday night, according to the sheriff’s office. Around 9:30 p.m., the two inmates made it past security fencing and fled, while a third suspect attempted to escape but was apprehended, sheriff’s officials said. The detention facility is located […]
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 […]