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California Prison Overcrowding

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.

Supreme Court: California Must Cut Its Prison Population

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that California must drastically reduce its prison population to relieve severe overcro...

US Supreme Court To Consider Releasing Inmates To Ease Prison Overcrowding

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a case pitting states rights against the power of the federal judiciary, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments abou...

Supreme Court To Hear California Prison-Overcrowding Case

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it will review whether California must cut its prison population by nearly 40,000 inm...