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.
California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after a riot based on their race, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not consider Gov. Jerry Brown’s appeal of an order to trim the state prison population by another 9,600 inmates, leaving him with just one more chance to persuade a lower court to stop or delay a reduction that he says threatens public safety.
Videos show prison guards dousing mentally ill prisoners with pepper spray can be shown in open court, according to attorney representing inmates.
Federal judges agreed Tuesday to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California’s prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis.
Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges on Monday for a three-year delay in their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year’s end to ease prison overcrowding.
The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California’s prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.
Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation’s toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and have been released from prison.
The California Senate approved a plan Monday that would require the state to hand out condoms at adult prisons, despite a ban on having sex behind bars.
Federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into whether Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies engaged in a pattern of abuse of inmates.
California inmates have ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest the prison system’s isolation policies, prison officials said Thursday.