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.
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.
Attorney: Inmate Pepper Spray Videos To Be Shown In Open CourtVideos show prison guards dousing mentally ill prisoners with pepper spray can be shown in open court, according to attorney representing inmates.
Judges Extend Deadline For Reducing Calif.’s Prison PopulationFederal 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.
California Seeks 3-Year Delay In Inmate Releases Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges on Monday for a three-year delay in their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding.
Legislature Sends Brown Bill On Calif. Prison DealThe 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.
1,000 3-Strike Prisoners Have Sentences Cut ShortSupporters 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.
Calif. Senate OKs Condoms For Prison InmatesThe California Senate approved a plan Monday that would require the state to hand out condoms at adult prisons, despite a ban on having sex behind bars.
DOJ Opens Civil Rights Probe Into LA County JailsFederal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into whether Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies engaged in a pattern of abuse of inmates.
Calif. Inmates End Hunger Strike After 2 Months California inmates have ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest the prison system's isolation policies, prison officials said Thursday.
Calif. Clears Same-Sex Weddings For Prison InmatesCalifornia prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions.
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.
Calif. Counties Seek To Reduce Re-Offense RateCalifornia's 58 counties are grappling with the best way to cut the re-offense rate for former state prisoners who are now being released to the counties for local supervision.
Calif. Senate Leader Backs Private Prison PlanThe 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.