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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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Governor’s Veto Leaves Media Still Unable to Record Some Prisoners

October 4, 2012 | 12:57 pm

Governor’s Veto Leaves Media Still Unable to Record Some Prisoners

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When Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill expanding media access to state prisons, he was following in a long California tradition. Three previous governors have vetoed such bills that would let reporters record interviews with whatever prisoners they choose. So why does the Legislature keep butting heads with the governor on this issue? When the […]

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Amnesty International Slams Calif. Prisons’ Isolation Cells

September 28, 2012 | 3:36 pm

Amnesty International Slams Calif. Prisons’ Isolation Cells

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The global human rights group Amnesty International is calling on California to use fewer isolation units in its prison system. In a study released Thursday, the human rights group called these units “cruel, degrading and inhumane.” Corrections officials isolate inmates they say are the “worst of the worst”–those who have committed violent crimes in prison […]

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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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Calif. Prisons Grapple with Violent Trend

September 20, 2012 | 2:24 pm

Calif. Prisons Grapple with Violent Trend

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What happens when you take 2,600 of the most violent people in the state and cram them in housing meant for 1,800? That question is surfacing in the wake of a riot among more than 50 prisoners at California State Prison, Sacramento on Wednesday that sent 13 prisoners to the hospital, one of them shot […]

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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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Advocacy Groups Wary of New Plan for Prison Isolation Units

September 14, 2012 | 10:28 am

Advocacy Groups Wary of New Plan for Prison Isolation Units

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By Michael Montgomery, California Watch State corrections officials are moving forward with a plan for handling prison gangs and other violent groups, including changing rules that have kept some inmates locked in special isolation units for decades. But the initiative is raising concern among prisoner rights advocates and some experts who worry that it will […]

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Watch ‘Prison Break’: Special on Shift of Inmates to Local Jails

August 24, 2012 | 2:51 pm

Watch ‘Prison Break’: Special on Shift of Inmates to Local Jails

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Realignment is one of those terms that seems to connote nothing about its true meaning. (It has nothing to do with brakes, for instance.) That’s unfortunate, because what we talk about when we talk about realignment is nothing less than the unprecedented overhaul of California’s criminal justice system, spurred by  a U.S. Supreme Court decision […]

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