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May 15, 2014 | 5:15 am

Timeline: History of California Lifers Up for Parole

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A look back on the laws and governors who have shaped the parole process today.

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Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmates ‘Horrific’

April 11, 2014 | 5:38 pm

Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmates ‘Horrific’

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Prison officials have 60 days to revise their policies for using pepper spray and isolation units.

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California Three Strikers Have to Find Their Own Path to Freedom

November 15, 2013 | 10:40 am

California Three Strikers Have to Find Their Own Path to Freedom

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After long prison sentences, third strikers who are released must readjust with little assistance.

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A Year After Release, Only 2 Percent of Three Strikers Charged With New Crimes

November 15, 2013 | 10:24 am

A Year After Release, Only 2 Percent of Three Strikers Charged With New Crimes

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More than 1,000 three strikers have been released since voters passed Prop. 36, softening the law.

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Judges Grant California More Time to Reduce the Prison Population

September 24, 2013 | 5:19 pm

Judges Grant California More Time to Reduce the Prison Population

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Ruling grants a temporary win to Gov. Brown, who argued that early release jeopardizes public safety.

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Brown Vows To Take Prison Population Battle Back To Supreme Court

April 23, 2013 | 5:10 pm

Brown Vows To Take Prison Population Battle Back To Supreme Court

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When it comes to California’s prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown is in a tough spot. On the one hand, federal judges are threatening him with contempt if he doesn’t reduce the state’s prison population by about 9,000 before the end of the year. On the other hand, groups such as Crime Victims United of California […]

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Judge Rules Against Calif. Control of Prison Mental Health Programs

April 5, 2013 | 4:25 pm

Judge Rules Against Calif. Control of Prison Mental Health Programs

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid to regain state control of inmates’ mental health care, citing systematic failures to reduce prison suicides, provide timely care and hire enough staff. The decision is a blow to the Democratic governor’s attempts to end nearly two decades of expensive federal […]

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Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

February 25, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison

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“I haven’t seen the moon since 1998.” That’s inmate Jeremy Beasley, talking to me while sitting–shackled–in an interview room at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s highest security lockup. Beasley, a convicted murderer, was clearly surprised by my presence—he told me he hadn’t met with a visitor since 1994, when he was incarcerated. It’s not just […]

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