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California Prison Reform

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Gets Enlightened On Mass Incarceration | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

Backers of a California ballot measure that would release thousands of non-violent prisoners have found a surprisingly enthusiastic ally in their figh...

Matt Sledge

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

Dodging Decarceration: The Shell Game of 'Getting Smart' on Crime

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

It has taken a long time, far too long, but politicians seem finally to have realized how catastrophically expensive it is for the United States to lock up more people than any other country on the planet.

At California's Formidable Ironwood State Prison, Something Extraordinary Is Happening

Scott Budnick | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Scott Budnick

The largest prison education program in California is thriving at Ironwood State Prison, where men are transcribing college textbooks into Braille, learning trade skills and where an astonishing 1200+ students have earned college degrees.

Lydia O'Connor

How A Farm-To-Table Program Could Revitalize Prisons | 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...

Saki Knafo

California Lawmakers Take A Stand Against Racist Drug War Policies | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

California lawmakers made a move this week toward reforming a drug policy that has been widely criticized for unfairly punishing black people. The ...

Saki Knafo

LA Jail System Not Expanding After All | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Prison reform advocates were appalled when Los Angeles County’s top elected officials last month agreed to lease an empty jail about two hours from ...

Saki Knafo

For-Profit Prisons Are Big Winners Of California's Overcrowding Crisis | 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 Prison Crowding Deadline Extended

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges on Monday gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as neg...

Kathleen Miles

California Deals Major Blow To Drug Reform | 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...

Saki Knafo

America's Biggest Jail System Just Got Bigger | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

Two years ago, in an effort to ease overcrowding in California’s prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a law that shifted the responsibility for many...

Saki Knafo

State Bill Would Give Drug Users Treatment Instead Of Prison Time | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

When Daniel Romero was first arrested for drug possession, at the age of 21, he had been getting high for more than a decade. He started smoking pot w...

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...

Saki Knafo

One Way To Ease Overcrowding In California Prisons | 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...

Saki Knafo

California Lawmaker Unveils Plan To Shrink Prison Population | Saki Knafo | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

Top California lawmaker Darrell Steinberg (D) on Wednesday unveiled a plan to reduce the state’s prison population by thousands of inmates over the ...

Saki Knafo

California Governor Proposes Massive Prison Expansion | Saki Knafo | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday announced a $315 million plan to expand the state prison system’s capacity by thousands of beds, allowing...

Saki Knafo

Setback For Prison Reform | Saki Knafo | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has no intention of releasing state prisoners convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, despite a federal court order req...

Saki Knafo

California Prison Policy Bucks National Push For Sentencing Reforms | Saki Knafo | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Susan Burton understands the challenges faced by people convicted of drug offenses better than many. A community organizer from Los Angeles who runs h...

John Rudolf

'Silently Screaming 24 Hours A Day': Report Slams Calif. Solitary Confinement | John Rudolf | Posted 09.27.2012 | Crime

California's extensive use of solitary confinement in two state prisons subjects thousands of inmates to "cruel and degrading" conditions and amounts ...

Courage to Call It

George Gascón | Posted 11.11.2012 | San Francisco
George Gascón

The criminal justice system is failing us. But jails and prisons are not the answer to every crime or every criminal. It is okay, even safe, to give people an opportunity to reform themselves.

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...

Laura Gottesdiener

Supreme Court: California Prison System Inmates Suffer From Cruel And Unusual Punishment | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 07.24.2011 | Los Angeles

A crumbling building called East Block, a section of California’s oldest jail, San Quentin State Prison, houses some of the state’s most dangerous...