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Court Ruling on Prisons a Setback for Gov. Brown

April 12, 2013 | 8:53 am

Court Ruling on Prisons a Setback for Gov. Brown

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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 […]

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Report Outlines Abuses by California Prison Staff

April 3, 2013 | 2:02 pm

Report Outlines Abuses by California Prison Staff

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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 […]

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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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Alameda, Fresno, Riverside Counties Hit with Lawsuits for Prison Conditions

March 19, 2013 | 9:49 am

Alameda, Fresno, Riverside Counties Hit with Lawsuits for Prison Conditions

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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 […]

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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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State Challenges Federal Oversight of Prisons

January 8, 2013 | 1:00 pm

State Challenges Federal Oversight of Prisons

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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 […]

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Prosecutors’ Opposition Could Limit Release of Third-Strike Inmates

December 19, 2012 | 1:07 pm

Prosecutors’ Opposition Could Limit Release of Third-Strike Inmates

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by Michael Montgomery, California Watch State inmates serving life terms are starting to file resentencing petitions with local judges following the passage of Proposition 36, the ballot measure that overhauls California’s controversial three strikes law. But opposition from local prosecutors and other factors could limit the number of qualifying inmates who actually get released. Scott […]

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Prop. 36 Will Release Felons from Prison. Who Gets Out?

November 12, 2012 | 3:40 pm

Prop. 36 Will Release Felons from Prison. Who Gets Out?

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Passing with 68% of the vote last Tuesday, Proposition 36 softened California’s controversial three strikes law, one of the toughest sentencing rules in the country. Three strikes, which voters put in place in 1994, allows for sentences of life in prison for anyone convicted of three felonies, regardless of the crime. Prop. 36 will let […]

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High Pay a Costly Legacy of Calif. Prison Receiver

October 19, 2012 | 4:22 pm

High Pay a Costly Legacy of Calif. Prison Receiver

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A doctor at California Medical Facility was paid more than $410,000 last year, while a registered nurse at High Desert State Prison made nearly $236,000 — more than twice the statewide average in both cases. A pharmacist at Corcoran State Prison was paid more than $196,000, nearly double what is typical […]

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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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