Prison Overcrowding

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Prop. 47 Would Redefine Some Crimes, Shorten Sentences

Among the measures California voters will decide on Nov. 4 is Proposition 47, which would redefine some criminal penalties and could shorten sentences.

10/21/2014

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Prison ‘Lifers’ Being Released At Record Pace

Nearly 1,400 lifers in California’s prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out.

02/25/2014

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California Seeks 2-Year Delay On Prison Crowding

Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges Thursday to give the state two more years to reduce prison crowding to the level set by the court, and said inmates could be released early if the state fails to meet its goals.

01/23/2014

Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison bend down in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners August 28, 2007 in Ione, California. A panel of three federal judges is looking to put a cap on the California State Prison population after class action lawsuits were filed on behalf of inmates who complained of being forced to live in classrooms, gymnasiums and other non-traditional prison housing. California prisons house nearly 173,000 inmates with over 17,000 of them in non-traditional housing. The Mule Creek State Prison has had to modify several facilities to make room for an increasing number of inmates. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

High Court Won’t Stop California Inmate Reduction

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.

CBS Los Angeles–10/15/2013

California Governor Jerry Brown (C) waves to the crowd before delivering the State of the State address as Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (R) look on at the California State Capitol.  (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Calif. Senate Leader Backs Private Prison Plan

The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.

CBS2 / KCAL9–08/07/2013

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Brown Seeks To Delay Freeing 10K Calif. Inmates

Gov. Jerry Brown is asking a panel of federal judges to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 inmates by year’s end, granting him time to appeal the decision to the nation’s high court.

06/28/2013

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Calif. Laws Target Career Criminals, Sex Offenders

California has targeted career criminals, gang members and sex offenders with lengthy prison terms under laws and initiatives dating to the mid-1990s.

04/02/2011

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