In wide-ranging interview, governor talks about the environment, political tradition and re-election.
Early inmate releases began two weeks ago, according to a Los Angeles Times report released Tuesday.
Suit says California secretary of state is misinterpreting new law by barring some ex-felons from voting.
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 […]
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 […]
Shoshana Walter, California Watch One day in March, a blind man was booked into the San Bernardino County jail. A parole violator, he could see only four inches in front of his face. At the West Valley Detention Center, according to his account, deputies assigned him the upper bunk in a cell at the top […]
A.M. Splash: Plastic Bag Ban Starts in SF; More Rich Live in High-Tax States; Prison Reform Results Mixed; Voters Favor 3-Strikes Reform
Expanded plastic bag ban takes effect Monday (SF Chronicle) There’s one more thing San Franciscans need to add to their shopping list or pay up- a reusable bag. On Monday, the city’s checkout ordinance ban signed into law in February takes effect, banning plastic bags at all retail stores and imposing a 10-cent charge for […]
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 […]
Want to avoid prison? Then stay in the Bay Area. That’s one conclusion you might draw from a massive database assembled by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice on the people behind bars in each county. As part of its California Sentencing Institute project on Monday, the center unveiled an interactive map that shows […]
(Bay City News) More than four months after California transferred responsibility for low-level offenders to counties, law enforcement officials in Contra Costa County are seeing far more inmates than projected. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bills 109 and 117, which shifted the responsibility for monitoring, tracking and imprisoning low-level offenders previously bound for […]