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California Inmates

Lydia O'Connor

The Device That Could Help Keep Former Inmates Out Of Jail For Good | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics

More than 100 inmates in San Francisco’s jail are now in possession of computer tablets as part of a two-year pilot program allowing them to study u...

Lydia O'Connor

How Inmates Will Protect California This Summer | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green

As one of the most threatening wildfire seasons in state history looms, Californians will be relying on some unlikely protectors: prisoners. More ...

Record Numbers Of Life-Term Inmates Granted Parole In California

Ventura County Star | Timm Herdt | Posted 02.14.2014 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO -- For his first 19 years in prison, Stephen Anderson had been anything but a model prisoner. Convicted in 1988 of first-degree murder for ...

California Lawmakers Reach Compromise On Reducing Prison Population

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown and the four leaders of California's Legislature reached a compromise Monday on reducing the state's prison pop...

Brown Proposes Sending California Inmates To Private Prisons, Jails

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by pr...

Robin Wilkey

California City Makes Landmark Move For Former Inmates On Job Hunt | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

Officials in Richmond, Calif., have approved an ordinance that forbids employers from requiring applicants to reveal their criminal histories at any p...

California Can't Delay Release Of Nearly 10,000 Inmates: Supreme Court

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 10.02.2013 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year's end despite w...

Religious Leaders Join the Call for an End to Torture in California Prisons

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

On Monday, July 8, prison inmates across California began a peaceful hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions of their confinement related to solitary confinement -- a practice where prisoners are confined 23 to 24 hours a day in a small, windowless cell.

Are State Prisons Still Overcrowded?

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 03.10.2013 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Declaring that California's long-running prison crisis is over, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday challenged a federal court orde...

Think Our Prison System Is Bad? Check Out The Numbers In This State

AP | By DON THOMPSON | Posted 08.13.2012 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Everything is bigger in Texas, the saying goes, and that is now also true of its prison system. California used to have the nat...

What Does The State Plan To Do With Thousands Of Newly-Released Inmates?

| Posted 05.22.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Ryan Gabrielson California counties receiving an influx of low-level convicts are prep...

Study Reveals Hopeful News For California Prisons

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.09.2012 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A sharp reduction in prison crowding is giving officials in the nation's largest state prison system breathing space to ret...

What Is a Typical Inmate Day Like in San Quentin? What's the Schedule?

Quora | Posted 05.02.2012 | Crime

Although San Quentin State Prison is known for its notorious past, currently it happens to be the most stable and consistent of all the prisons. Here is a typical day for me.

Should Inmates Be Forced To Submit DNA?

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — A divided federal appeals court ruled Thursday that California law enforcement officials can keep collecting DNA samples from pe...

'Somehow Those Promises Don't Get Kept'

AP | By DON THOMPSON | Posted 03.28.2012 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The court-appointed receiver overseeing California's prison health care system said Friday the state must keep its promise to sp...

A Major Milestone For California Inmates

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 03.04.2012 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has met the first target set by federal courts to reduce its inmate population as a way to improve health care i...

Will California Officials Release Hundreds Of Violent Criminals From Prison?

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 12.04.2011 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown and others who supported the dramatic shift in California's sentencing law that took effect this week have...

California Prisoners Prolong Hunger Strike -- By Eating

Carly Schwartz | Posted 12.03.2011 | San Francisco

When conjuring strategies for surviving a hunger strike, "eating" isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. But eating is exactly how the t...

'I'm Very Concerned That Prisoners May Die Or Be Seriously Injured'

| Posted 11.29.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery State corrections officials today threatened to discipline thousand...

ANOTHER Prison Hunger Strike?

| Posted 11.23.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery Corrections officials are taking security precautions and gearing u...


| Posted 11.19.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery One man was a petty thief mistakenly identified as a player in a vi...

The Real Solution For Prison Overcrowding?

| Posted 10.08.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Ryan Gabrielson The Legislative Analyst’s Office is calling on state lawmakers to ge...

Releasing 30,000 Prison Inmates in California: More Crime?

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.24.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Heroux

Conventional wisdom says that if we lock up criminals they won't be committing crime and therefore society will be safer. This is a very simplistic analysis.

California Prison Hunger Strike Ends

Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.20.2011 | San Francisco

Prison officials announced Thursday that California inmates have ended a statewide hunger strike that began three weeks ago at Pelican Bay State Priso...

Laura Gottesdiener

Inside 30 Years Of California's Disastrous Punitive Prison Legislation | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 07.27.2011 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK -- Since 1977, California’s prison system, one of the most punitive in the country, has been built on the belief that a man like Shawn Vasq...