Inmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
The settlement was filed Friday in federal court, where judges would need to approve it before any changes take effect.
State Corrections Officials Acknowledge Some Prisoners Are Being Released Early To Reduce Overcrowding
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials have acknowledged that some low-level, nonviolent prisoners are being released early under a federal court order to reduce the inmate population.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and attorneys representing inmates have failed to reach agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding in California prisons.
Violence among inmates at jails in Los Angeles County and across California has soared since the start of a statewide prison alignment plan, according to a new report.
Federal judges on Monday gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay.
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.
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.
A group of angry parents gathered Saturday night in South Pasadena to ask officials why their kids got kicked out of Pacific Oaks Children’s School.
Tobias Summers, the man wanted in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, has a long rap sheet, which includes a kidnapping charge.
Three people affiliated with a Hollywood nightclub have been charged with violating fire codes and allowing overcrowding that put lives in danger in the wake of a nightclub fire in Brazil that left 235 people dead.
Gov. Jerry Brown says the state’s long-running prison crisis is over.
A federal three-judge panel has given California corrections officials until January to say how they will reduce the state’s inmate population to comply with an order upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hopes to reduce inmate overcrowding with the help of a computer software screening program.
An Orange County sheriff’s official said the escape is the first at the Theo Lacy jail in 20 years and could be a troubling sign of things to come.