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California Prison System

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...

Should California Be Split Into Six Smaller States? My Thoughts on Tim Draper's Idea

Mary Buffett | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

Draper's rationale is that he feels the state has gotten too large, has become too ungovernable, and breaking up the California into smaller states would bring government closer to the people. While well intentioned, enacting his "Six Californias" would be disastrous for the entire state and beyond.

California Prisoner Alleges Abuse of Gay and Transgender Inmates at Pleasant Valley State Prison

Mike Spradley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike Spradley

In August, The Rage Monthly received a letter from a gay prisoner at Pleasant Valley State Prison in California. The letter can be described best as a plea for help following alleged inhumane treatment by corrections officers.

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

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...

California Prison System To Lay Off Hundreds Of Employees

The Sacramento Bee | Jon Ortiz | Posted 02.12.2013 | San Francisco

California's prison health care receiver has issued layoff warnings to 2,200 of its employees with a goal of axing 829 positions early next year. The...

Will California Reform Three Strikes?

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 11.06.2012 | Los Angeles
Zach Weissmueller

In the country with the most prisoners, California is the state with more incarcerated people than any other. Today, California voters have the chance to make two crucial reforms to its troubled prisons and jails.

Baca's Strike Force

Peter Eliasberg | Posted 12.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Eliasberg

The announcement this week by Sheriff Lee Baca that he agrees with and intends to implement all of the recommendations laid out in a new report by the Citizen's Commission on Jail Violence is welcome news.

Want Real Safety? Try Jobs and Housing

Toshio Meronek | Posted 09.18.2012 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

In 2004, San Francisco banned the question "Have you ever been convicted by a court?" and its accompanying check box from government job applications. Now, a growing number of people are pushing for an expansion of these "Ban the Box."

A Father's Pain

David Roldan | Posted 06.16.2012 | San Francisco
David Roldan

This Father's Day, I stand with all the fathers whose children are tied up in a system that locks them up and tells them they have no future.

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...

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 this...

Robin Wilkey

'No Other Country Sentences Kids To Die In Prison' | Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.17.2011 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The United States is the only country that sentences juveniles to life without parole. And in California, about 295 defendants serve ...

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...

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...

Laura Gottesdiener

Do California's Prisons Punish Inmates Based On Race? | Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 07.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The overcrowding in California's state prison system constitutes cruel and unusual treatment, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that focused on...

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...

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.

LA Finishes New $74M Jail, Has No Money For Jailers | Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The new detention center sits empty because of the city's dire fiscal crisis, which has left the LAPD unable to hire enough jailers to operate the lar...

Governor Schwarzenegger's Plan for Prisons Ignores Racial History

Michelle Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michelle Alexander

Some might argue that the racial history doesn't matter now, so long as the tide has begun to turn. The problem, though, is that if we fail to reckon with our history, we will be doomed to repeat it.

Prison Prevention for Kids: A Little Money Well Spent

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

Intervention at the right age can turn a kid away from gangs, crime, and drugs for good whereas doling out stiff penalties only seems to result in more people going to prison.

"The Jim Crow Laws of the 21st Century": Will New York Change?

Odile Weissenborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Odile Weissenborn

In New York, the 36-year-old Rockefeller Drug Laws may be massively overhauled.

The Failures of California's Proposition 5

Jerry Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Brown

Proposition 5 could have provided sensible, understandable and needed improvements to the criminal Justice System. Unfortunately, it did not. Not even close.