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California Prison Overcrowding

Landmark California Law Has Released Nearly 3,000 Inmates

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

California's successful effort to shrink its prison population to a court-mandated size is due in large part to Proposition 47, a measure passed last ...

California's Prison Population Is Finally Down, But Will It Last?

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 01.29.2015 | Crime

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 29 (Reuters) - After years of controversy and legal trouble because of overcrowding in California's mammoth prison system, the...

Lydia O'Connor

California's Former Prisoners Often Don't Know They Can Vote, Study Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

With severe overcrowding, abuse allegations and controversial sentencing laws, California’s prison system is a knotty political topic that often app...

Matt Sledge

California Voters Deal Blow To Prisons, Drug War

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

California approved a major shift against mass incarceration on Tuesday in a vote that could lead to the release of thousands of state prisoners. N...

Matt Sledge

California Prison Guards Sit Out Debate On Letting Non-Violent Prisoners Go Free

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

For decades, California's prison guard union was a feared political animal. It backed harsh sentencing laws and the construction of dozens of new pris...

Matt Sledge

California Proposition Would Reinvest Prison Money In Drug Treatment

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

California voters could strike a blow against mass incarceration next month by passing a referendum downgrading an estimated 40,000 felonies a year to...

Matt Sledge

California Prison Reform's Biggest Backer Is Also Friends With Karl Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Thousands of California prisoners could be released if state voters pass a referendum downgrading certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors next mo...

Locking Up Fewer People Doesn't Lead To Increased Crime, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

The states making strides with sentencing reforms haven't just seen their prison populations drop at a faster rate than the rest of the country, they ...

SCOTUS Refuses To Hear California Prison Overcrowding Case

Reuters | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

By Jennifer Chaussee June 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal of a court order that requires Cal...

Lydia O'Connor

How A Farm-To-Table Program Could Revitalize Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

A unique prison rehabilitation program launching in California may be the most powerful interpretation of farm-to-table the state has ever seen. Sa...

California's Best Answer to Prison Overcrowding

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Erik Gould

The state's recidivism rate -- the percentage of individuals released from prison who are incarcerated again within three years -- was 61 percent last year.

Lydia O'Connor

How Inmates Will Protect California This Summer

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Governor Brown Given Another Chance to Offer Real Solutions to Prison Overcrowding in California

Lynne Lyman | Posted 04.14.2014 | San Francisco
Lynne Lyman

When Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2014-2015 budget it included over $500 million in additional spending for private prison contracts, anticipating an additional 10,000 inmates over the next few years.

Can Theater Help Solve California's Prison Overcrowding Crisis?

Tim Robbins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tim Robbins

Any successful system of rehabilitation requires multiple components, ranging from mental health and drug treatment to education and skills training. One aspect that may not be initially obvious, however, is the power of art and theater.

Saki Knafo

For-Profit Prisons Are Big Winners Of California's Overcrowding Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

When America's largest private prison company opened a 2,000-bed facility in a barren stretch of the Mojave Desert in southeastern California in 1997,...

California Gov. Jerry Brown Carries the Torch for the War on Drugs

Lynne Lyman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynne Lyman

Brown rejected the national 'smart on crime' trend and pragmatic public policy by vetoing SB649, which aimed to give judges and district attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs as a felony or a misdemeanor.

Kathleen Miles

California Deals Major Blow To Drug Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill on Saturday to reduce the penalty for offenders caught for simple drug possession. Senate Bill 649 wo...

Supreme Court Rejects State's Prison Crowding Appeal

AP | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release...

Sasha Bronner

These Photos Prove It's Possible To Find Inner Peace Anywhere

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 09.25.2013 | Los Angeles

California prisons have been under fire for overcrowding and solitary confinement conditions. While prisoners captured headlines recently with a 60-da...

State Lawmakers Pass Prison Crowding Plan

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Funding for a compromise plan aimed at easing overcrowding in the California's tro...

Kathleen Miles

What Happens When You Let 1,000 Inmates Out Early?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 09.12.2013 | Los Angeles

In less than 10 months, California has let 1,000 inmates out of prison early. Opponents said the releases would lead to an increase in crime, but a...

Saki Knafo

Jerry Brown Sidles Up To Huge Interest Group In His Push For Prison Expansion

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

Two decades ago, the California prison guards union was one of the most feared political forces in the state. Its members poured millions into the cam...

Saki Knafo

One Way To Ease Overcrowding In California Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

If California releases more elderly prisoners, the state might be able to comply with a federal court order to ease overcrowding in its prisons, priso...

When Everything Looks Like a Nail: Governor Brown's Non-solution to Prison Overcrowding

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

As a well-known proverb says, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail," and the solution to every problem becomes, "a bigger hammer." This appears to be the logic of Governor Jerry Brown when it comes to the crisis festering in the California prison system.

Stitching Up a Paper Cut: Eric Holder Is 'Fixing' a Federal Problem at the Expense of the States

Adam Banner | Posted 10.15.2013 | Crime
Adam Banner

If the federal government recognizes that mandatory minimums are likely inappropriate sentences for nonviolent offenders, perhaps the states will follow suit, developing diversion programs, prison alternatives, and reasonable means for re-entry.