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Inmates’ Attorneys Battle California Governor Over Prison Oversight

March 28, 2013 | 9:04 am

Inmates’ Attorneys Battle California Governor Over Prison Oversight

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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 […]

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California Jails Unequipped for 1,100 Long-Term Inmates

February 28, 2013 | 11:00 am

California Jails Unequipped for 1,100 Long-Term Inmates

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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 […]

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Prison Hunger Strikes Protest Gang Policy

October 17, 2012 | 3:30 pm

Prison Hunger Strikes Protest Gang Policy

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A hunger strike is continuing at one California prison but ended on Wednesday at another, according to Terry Thornton, a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections. Some of the strikers were protesting a new policy aimed at reducing activity by gangs and other “security threat groups,” she said. Others did not give a reason […]

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Amid Riots, Prison Guards Concerned About Staff Reductions, More-Violent Inmates

September 26, 2012 | 11:08 am

Amid Riots, Prison Guards Concerned About Staff Reductions, More-Violent Inmates

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Last week riots sent 16 California prisoners to the hospital. Next week, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will send layoff notices to guards. Now prison guards are concerned that a “perfect storm” may be brewing linked to staff reductions and a higher ratio of violent inmates within the system. Officially, the California Department of […]

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September 19, 2012 | 1:36 pm

Calif. Prisoners Hospitalized in Riot

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A guard shot a prisoner and 10 other prisoners were hospitalized with “stab and slash” wounds in a riot at California State Prison Sacramento on Wednesday, the Department of Corrections reported. The facility is also known as “New Folsom” because of its proximity to Folsom State Prison. Here’s the press release: California State Prison-sacramento (CSP-SAC) […]

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August 2, 2012 | 10:03 am

Advisory: Sonoma County Prisoners Escape

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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 […]

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