A federal judge ruled Thursday that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.
Federal judges have selected a former state appellate judge to determine which state prison inmates will go free if the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown fails to meet mandated population deadlines.
Under the recommendation, a first positive test for drug use would cost inmates 90 days’ pay from work assignments, and repeat offenses could mean up to year of lost wages.
Gov. Jerry Brown defended his 3-year-old criminal justice realignment law Wednesday but also told California law enforcement organizations that he is open to making improvements.
A bus carrying inmates was involved in an accident Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and attorneys representing inmates have failed to reach agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding in California prisons.
A traffic collision involving multiple vehicles was reported on the southbound I-5 near Roxford Street at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.
A man whose case helped prompt the federal investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says he hoped justice will finally be served.
As many as 18 people have been charged in five separate cases involving corruption and civil rights charges, FBI officials said.
Nearly two dozen California prison inmates were set to be transferred Wednesday from a state detention center to a civilian firefighting camp.
California could gain tens of millions of dollars annually in federal reimbursements for prison health care under the nation’s new health law, state and federal officials said Tuesday.
Although California has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to improve psychiatric treatment for convicts, the biggest mental health unit in the state prison system for high security inmates remains in disarray, according to a court-appointed investigator and others familiar with the facility.
Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that problems remain in California’s prison system, even as he argues that conditions have improved so much that the state should take over control from the federal courts.
California prison officials said Wednesday that they will change the rules for using pepper spray on mentally ill inmates, as a federal judge considers whether current practices violate inmates’ civil rights.