California Now Says Violent Inmates Have Long Fought FiresIn a sharp reversal of previous claims, California corrections officials said Wednesday that nearly 40 percent of the state's inmate firefighting crew have previous convictions for violent offenses, after the department claimed for years that only nonviolent inmates were admitted to the program.
Violent Inmates Being Considered For Wildfire Crews In CaliforniaCalifornia officials are considering allowing inmates with violent backgrounds to work outside prison walls fighting wildfires, and the idea is generating concerns about public safety.
Illicit Drugs ‘Rampant’ In California State PrisonsCalifornia inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate
More Than 900 New State Laws Hitting The Books In 2015New laws are hitting the books in California on January 1, 2015. They involve everything from drivers' licenses to plastic bags. More than 900 new state laws headed your way.
Inmates' Crocheted Creations Given To Needy KidsInmates are making a difference and helping Santa even though they're behind bars. A new program is letting inmates make gifts for kids in need. Santa has elves everywhere, even behind bars.
Federal Judges: California Needs To Speed Up Release Of Non-Violent InmatesFederal judges are telling California to speed up its process for releasing some nonviolent inmates as part of a previous order forcing the state to sharply reduce its prison population.
Funding Worries Cloud Inmates Futures After Proposition 47 Reduces SentencesSacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said more than 50 of his inmates have already been released from Sacramento County Jail, because under the law, they do not face felons anymore.
Inmate At Sacramento County Jail Dies In CustodyA 24-year-old man who was being held at Sacramento County Jail died while in custody, sheriff’s officials say.
AP: Violence In Jail Against Inmates, Guards Increases Following ReformsCounty jails that account for the vast majority of local inmates in California have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.
Gov. Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Reducing State's Prison PopulationGov. Jerry Brown and the four legislative leaders reached a compromise Monday on reducing the state's prison population, agreeing to ask a panel of federal judges to extend the end-of-the-year deadline on releasing thousands of inmates.
Gov. Brown Proposes $315 Million Plan To Reduce Prison PopulationGov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send inmates to private prisons and empty county jail cells.
Federal Judge Approves Force Feeding Inmates On Hunger StrikeOfficials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last for decades.
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