Thousands Of California Convicts To Regain Voting RightsCalifornia 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.
California's Invasive 'Contraband Watch' Often Yields LittleInmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course.
Illicit Drugs 'Rampant' In California State PrisonsThe Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is spending $8 million this year on drug-detecting scanners and a new breed of drug-sniffing dogs while also employing strip searches on visitors suspected of carrying drugs.
California Plans Death Row Mental Health Unit The planned construction responds to a judge's finding in December that mentally ill inmates on death row lack proper treatment.
California Prisons Find 1 In 4 Inmates Used Drugs 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.
Judges To Rule On Whether To Delay Inmate CapGov. Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates have failed to reach agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding in California prisons.
Health Reforms Could Help Calif. Prison SpendingCalifornia 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.
Calif. Prisons To Change Rules For Using Pepper Spray On Mentally Ill InmatesCalifornia 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.
DOJ Says Racial Policy In Calif. Prisons Breaks LawCalifornia 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.
Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $315M Prison FixGov. Jerry Brown is asking state lawmakers to approve spending $315 million this year to lease cells in private prisons and jails as an alternative to releasing roughly 9,600 inmates to comply with a federal court order.
California Seeks Judge's OK To Force-Feed Inmates State and federal prison officials on Monday sought a judge's permission to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide hunger strike entered its seventh week.
Gov. Brown Makes Final Bid To Delay Fed Court Order Requiring State To Release 10K Inmates By Year's EndGov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday made one final bid to delay a federal court order requiring the state to release nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end to improve conditions in California prisons, saying it would jeopardize public safety.