A California parole agent was accused of soliciting one of his parolees to kill another. Numerous corrections department employees allegedly had sex with inmates, including juveniles.
A federal judge in Sacramento is set to hear arguments Wednesday over Gov. Jerry Brown’s push to regain state control of inmate mental health care after 18 years of federal oversight and billions of dollars spent to improve treatment.
Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging a federal court order that California further reduce its inmate population to improve prison conditions, reigniting a legal battle that once reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
State officials say shifting California’s lower-level criminals to counties could strip a third of its inmate firefighters.
Authorities say inmates are using social networks and the growing numbers of smartphones smuggled into prisons and jails to harass their victims or accusers and intimidate witnesses.
Inmates in an isolation unit at Pelican Bay State Prison have ended a hunger strike intended to protest conditions that they describe as inhumane.
Cal Fire is fired up over how the budget battle might make battling fires a lot more difficult. The department has used prisoners for years, but that workforce could be drying up.
California is set to send another 5,000 inmates to private prisons to reduce crowding in state-run lockups.
An out-of-state company that contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Capitol politicians – has secured an exclusive contract with the State – worth nearly $700 million.
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