California Set To Award $500 Million To Jails In 15 CountiesCalifornia is set to award $500 million on Thursday to 15 counties for jail projects that are designed to help rehabilitate prisoners, such as classrooms, visitation and recreation areas or mental health and medical facilities.
Illicit Drugs 'Rampant' In California State PrisonsCalifornia inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate and it's unclear whether the tough steps state officials took this year to stop illicit drugs from getting into prisons are having any effect, though they are prompting criticism from civil rights advocates.
Relaxing California Sex Offender Rules Intended To Make Communities SaferThe California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced the policy changes in a memo following a state supreme court ruling from earlier this month. The court found the blanket ban unconstitutional and it forced large groups of parolees into homelessness.
Review: Intoxicated, Off-Duty Prison Guards With Firearms A Problem For California CorrectionsOne correctional officer danced atop a bar while drunkenly flashing his gun several times at private citizens in the tavern. Another drunken officer pointed a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun at a citizen's chest during an argument.
CDCR: Prison Gangs' Rumored Threats Against Officers Not CredibleThis year ends with highly publicized police shootings of unarmed black men, the murders of two NYPD officers and massive, sometimes destructive, protests across the nation.
Third Sonoma Inmate Found Dead In As Many WeeksThe Sonoma County Sheriff's Office says an inmate with a history of drug abuse has been found dead in his jail cell, the third inmate death at a Sonoma County detention facility in three weeks.
California's Mentally Ill Inmates To Get Special Units State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.
State To Move 2,600 Inmates Out Of Prisons With Airborne FungusState corrections officials say they will comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.
UPDATE: LAPD Allowed To Hear Manson Family Member RecordingA Texas judge has ruled that Los Angeles police are entitled to recordings of conversations between a Manson family member and his attorney.
Charles Manson Made Calls, Sent Texts From Prison On Smuggled CellphoneOne of California’s most infamous prisoners has been communicating from behind prison walls making calls and sending texts with a cell phone smuggled into his cell.