The decision leaves Gov. Jerry Brown with one last option to persuade a lower court to intervene.
Brown and legislative leaders agree to pass competing plans to meet court order to cut prison population.
Archcriminal Whitey Bulger was convicted today in Boston on murder and racketeering charges, and he faces life in prison when he’s sentenced on Nov. 13. Not the first time he’s been there, of course. As we wrote about in 2011, when Bulger was captured after 17 years on the lam, he was incarcerated at Alcatraz […]
One of the largest inmate hunger strikes in state history has entered its fourth week, but the mass protest hasn’t seemed to attract the attention of California’s leaders. Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to publicly weigh in on the strike – his office has referred all questions about it to the Department of Corrections and […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California’s prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve the medical and mental health care for state inmates. The judges stopped short of citing the Democratic […]
by Joanna Lin, Center for Investigative Reporting TEHACHAPI, Calif. – School ended for Michael Garcia with a routine transfer from juvenile hall to adult county jail. There was no fanfare, diploma or cap and gown. He hadn’t graduated or dropped out. He’d simply turned 18. For the next 19 months, he was in limbo, unable […]
Governor Jerry Brown continues to travel through China, taking a bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai, inking trade deals and setting a brisk pace. But when the governor gets home next week from his largely successful trade and business trip, he faces another federal court ruling rejecting his bid to end judicial oversight of California’s […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report by the state prison system’s inspector general reveals numerous examples of extreme misconduct by prison guards and state parole agents. The cases included a parole agent who is accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another and a prison guard who partied with inmates as they were drinking a […]
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 […]
Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has spent billions of dollars and endured years of federal lawsuits to improve conditions in its state prisons, but the problems it has been trying to correct are now trickling down to local governments as county jails deal with thousands of additional inmates. Law firms advocating […]