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State’s Response to Inmate Hunger Strike Frustrates Families

July 31, 2013 | 10:00 am

State’s Response to Inmate Hunger Strike Frustrates Families

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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 […]

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Court Rules Gov. Brown Must Comply With Reducing Prison Population

June 20, 2013 | 1:23 pm

Court Rules Gov. Brown Must Comply With Reducing Prison Population

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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 […]

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In California, Incarcerated Students Fall Through Gaps in Special Education Laws

May 29, 2013 | 5:30 am

In California, Incarcerated Students Fall Through Gaps in Special Education Laws

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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 […]

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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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