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Thousands Of California Convicts To Regain Voting Rights

California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections.


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Death-Penalty Reform Initiative Pushed To 2016

A coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and crime victims announced Friday that it will wait until November 2016 to place a death-penalty reform measure on the ballot.


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‘Gravity’ Soars To Top Of Weekend Box Office

The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama “Gravity” rocketed to the top of the box office and into industry record books during its opening weekend.


1,000 3-Strike Prisoners Have Sentences Cut Short

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.

CBS2 / KCAL9–09/09/2013

California Finds Too Few Inmates For Early Release

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration says in a court filing that the state is falling far short of meeting a demand from federal judges to find thousands of inmates who could be released from prison early without endangering the public.

CBS Los Angeles–07/19/2013

To Cut STD Rate, Calif. Considers Condoms In Prison

California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled.


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NorCal Prisoners Transcribe Books Into Braille For Blind Students

Northern California prisoners are part of a nationwide effort to ensure blind students receive quality textbooks at school.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/20/2013

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LA Judge Refuses To Order One-Drug Executions

A judge turned down a bid Monday by the Los Angeles County district attorney to order the immediate execution of two death row prisoners by a new single-drug injection method.

CBS2 / KCAL9–09/10/2012

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Authorities Catch Inmate, Continue Search For Another After Pair Escaped Devore Jail

Authorities have caught one inmate and are looking for another after the pair escaped from a Southern California jail.


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Calicinto Ranch Offers Emotional Support For Children Of Those Incarcerated

Calicinto Ranch offers children whose parents are incarcerated the opportunity to connect with peers, to learn to trust again and to see that prison doesn’t have to be in their future.


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Musician Wayne Kramer Changing Lives One Guitar At A Time

Today, Wayne Kramer is a successful music composer for film and television. And because he has gotten his life back on track, he started the nonprofit organization, Jail Guitar Doors, which raises money to buy new guitars for prison inmates as a means of therapy.



OC Taps Into Reserves To Cover Sheriff’s Department’s $11.4M Deficit

Orange County is tapping into its reserves to cover a Sheriff’s Department budget shortfall blamed mostly on the state’s prisoner realignment program.


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Sheriff Baca Considering Plan To Close Portion Of Men’s Central Jail

As the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department faces allegations of brutality in its jails, Sheriff Lee Baca is reportedly thinking about shutting down part of the old men’s facility.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/21/2012

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Jails Step Up Training To Delay Early Release Of LA County Inmates

Hundreds of jail inmates will soon be back on the streets across the Southland — except in Los Angeles County.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–12/09/2011

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What’s Wrong With this Picture?: the 3x Ax-Murderer’s New Job

Thomas McCulloch and his lover chopped up a cop, a nurse and a patient at a state hospital in England. Now, McCulloch gets to leave prison on day trips to chop up bushes and trees.