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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.

06/10/2014

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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.

04/07/2014

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Judges To Rule On Whether To Delay Inmate Cap

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and attorneys representing inmates have failed to reach agreement on the best way to reduce overcrowding in California prisons.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/13/2014

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Health Reforms Could Help Calif. Prison Spending

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.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/29/2013

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Calif. Prisons To Change Rules For Using Pepper Spray On Mentally Ill Inmates

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.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/23/2013

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DOJ Says Racial Policy In Calif. Prisons Breaks Law

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.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/18/2013

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Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $315M Prison Fix

Gov. 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.

CBS2 / KCAL9–08/27/2013

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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.

CBS Los Angeles–08/19/2013

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Gov. Brown Makes Final Bid To Delay Fed Court Order Requiring State To Release 10K Inmates By Year’s End

Gov. 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.

CBS2 / KCAL9–07/10/2013

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Brown Declares Calif. Prison Overcrowding Emergency Over

Gov. Jerry Brown says the state’s long-running prison crisis is over.

01/08/2013

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Death Penalty Remains In Calif. After Voters Reject Prop. 34

California voters defeated Proposition 34, which would have abolished the death penalty in the state.

11/07/2012

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Group Sues Calif. Over Race-Based Prison Lockdowns

California’s use of race as a basis for locking prisoners in their cells after fights amounts to illegal discrimination and should be banned, attorneys representing inmates said in a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday.

04/28/2011

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Calif. Tests New System To Crack Down On Prison Cell Phones

California prison officials seized nearly 11,000 cell phones last year, some used to arrange extortions and assaults, others used by the likes of cult killer Charles Manson to connect with the outside world after more than four decades behind bars.

02/14/2011

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