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California inmates serving their sentences in private prisons out of state now have their first glimpse at whom the state intends to bring back, and when. In documents filed Wednesday with a U.S. District judge presiding over inmate mental health... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at PolitiCal
The success of California's prison realignment plan is causing an unintended casualty: smaller rewards for counties that figure out how to cut recidivism. Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget includes only $35 million in what are called community corrections performance grants,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at PolitiCal
Lawmakers alarmed at an increase in the number of sex offenders violating parole have vowed legislation to make tampering with their electronic tracking devices a crime that sends them back to prison. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at PolitiCal
Monday is the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to let federal courts know what more he intends to do about crowding in California's double-bunked prisons. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at PolitiCal
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Even as inmate leaders held in isolation within California's toughest cell blocks threaten renewed hunger strikes, the state has begun reviewing and moving segregated prisoners into general housing. As of this week, corrections spokesman Bill Sessa said, 88 inmates had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at PolitiCal
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A San Francisco-based policy center on gun control laws has produced a report that says states with strict gun laws have the lowest gun-related death rates. In contrast, it reports, states with the highest per capita gun death rates have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at PolitiCal
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California prison officials are revising official procedures and even prison garb to get up to date with changing mental and medical treatment of inmates who identify with one sex and their bodies, another. The state issued part of an updated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at PolitiCal
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On orders of a San Diego appeals court, California prison officials have agreed to release a bedridden inmate court officials themselves describe as "an angry, repulsive person." The quadriplegic inmate, Steven Martinez, was the first in 2011 to apply and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at PolitiCal
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Gov. Jerry Brown's new prison chief walks into a firestorm, including news of the early release of a Fresno felon who opened fire on co-workers this week and the potential mass release from state supervision of thousands of parolees who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2012 at PolitiCal
With a panel of federal judges watching closely over prison crowding, California correction officials have already estimated how many beds could be emptied by softening the state's three-strikes law. Proposition 36 would authorize resentencing of those serving life sentences if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at PolitiCal
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This post has been corrected; see below. Fourteen men have a particular interest in how Californians vote today on Proposition 34, repealing the death penalty. They are the ones closest to the executioner's gurney. The short list of death row... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at PolitiCal
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Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has again revised population expectations for the state's double-bunked prisons, predicting more felons coming into custody even as counties take over control of low-level offenders. The higher numbers reflect a realization judges are continuing to sentence... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at PolitiCal
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A panel of federal judges says it won’t raise its cap on California’s prison population but will consider giving Gov. Jerry Brown more time to produce plan for meeting it. “This Court is not inclined to permit relitigation of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at PolitiCal
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