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California Prison Overcrowding

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...

California's Recidivism Problem

Harriet McDonald | Posted 07.31.2013 | Los Angeles
Harriet McDonald

Two years after the United States Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its severely overcrowded prisons by more than 30,000 inmates, the state is still trying to figure out how to comply.

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...

What's Ahead for California's Prison Crisis?

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

It is no secret that our system of mass incarceration is breaking our nation's collective budget -- not just California's. Our nation that sends more people to prison than anywhere else in the world.

Controversial Prison Policy Coming To An End

| Michael Montgomery | Posted 07.12.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Michael Montgomery With severe overcrowding easing in state lockups, California is win...

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...

California Prison System Marks A Major Milestone

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.02.2012 | San Francisco

TRACY, Calif. — California prisons marked a milestone Friday, when officials said they had removed the last of nearly 20,000 beds that had been ...

DARK DAY: 548 Prison Employees Get Layoff Notices

AP | Posted 03.28.2012 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California prison officials have sent layoff notices to 545 employees, including 140 guards, as the inmate population decli...

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...

Shifting Prisoners To Counties: The Downside

| Sam Pearson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Sam Pearson California needs to pay attention to potential strains on county services...

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...

Prison Hunger Strikers Now Number 12,000, Advocates Say

L.A. Times | Posted 12.03.2011 | Crime

Advocates for California prison inmates conducting a hunger strike said the number of participants has swelled to 12,000, making it possibly the large...

Analysis: Cash-Strapped California Needs Investors To Finance Prison 'Realignment'

Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Golden State may be ushering in a golden era for investing in jails. California's prisons ``realignment'' begins ...

'A Sea Change'

AP | By THOMAS WATKINS and DON THOMPSON | Posted 11.30.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- California's correctional system is about to undergo an overhaul that could save money and reduce recidivism but also might lead to tho...

'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...

California Is Not Prepared for Realignment

Kim Carter | Posted 11.27.2011 | Los Angeles
Kim Carter

California will have to start diverting low-level felony offenders and parole violators to county jails. The question is, "How will these counties manage this huge influx of returning prisoners?"

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...

Inmate Moms To Gain Early Release

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 11.13.2011 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than 4,000 female inmates in California could qualify to serve the rest of their sentences at home, as state officials...

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...

Gov. Brown Unveils Plan To Slash Prison Population

AP | ADAM WEINTRAUB | Posted 08.07.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Money is the key ingredient that will decide whether California can meet the dictates of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling requir...

Mass Incarceration Undoes California (And the Rest of Us Too)

Locke Bowman | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Take away the fiscal emergency, and the California prison case would never have reached the Supreme Court. Instead, there'd be a boom in prison construction.

Reducing CA's Prison Populations Could Impact Mexico

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 07.27.2011 | Los Angeles

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's border mayors say they are worried about a possible surge in deportations of criminals to their cities after a U.S. Supre...

Jerry Brown Returns (Again!) Only to Drop Back Into Stealth Mode

William Bradley | Posted 07.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown is back. And not a moment too soon, as California needs to solve its chronic budget crisis and deal with its chronic prison crisis. But will Brown try, once again, to do it all behind the scenes?

California Prisons Will Still Churn Out Failure

Michael Santos | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Michael Santos

Prisoners who have worked toward earning meaningful academic credentials, built strong networks of support with law-abiding citizens, and demonstrated their commitment to leading law-abiding lives should expect resistance rather than encouragement.