California Jail Guards Charged With Beating Mentally Ill Inmate To Death, Assaulting AnotherSanta Clara County prosecutors allege in complaint filed Tuesday that the three assaulted inmate Juan Villa shortly before attacking 31-year-old Michael Tyree on Aug. 26.
Kentucky Clerk Who Fought Same-Sex Marriage Released From JailThe Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples was released Tuesday after five days behind bars, emerging to a tumultuous reception from thousands of cross-waving supporters.
Kentucky Clerk Appeals Her Jailing Over Same-Sex Marriage LicensesA defiant county clerk is willing to stay in jail for her beliefs, but she'd prefer to be a free woman.
California To End Decades-Long Isolation Of Most Gang Leaders Behind BarsCalifornia agreed Tuesday to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer.
L.A. County Sheriff's Helicopter Chases Paraglider Seen Flying Over JailA midair traffic stop? Almost, as a Los Angeles County Sheriff's helicopter pursued a powered paraglider that had just flown past a jail, raising concern.
Advocacy Groups Critical Of State Board's Spending On Jail ConstructionSixteen different California advocacy groups are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.
County Jail Populations Declining After Voter-Approved MeasureInmate populations are falling in once-overcrowded California county jails since voters decided in November that certain drug and property crimes should be treated as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
Escaped Inmate Accused Of Robbing Bank Allegedly Tries To Escape During Court AppearanceA jail inmate suspected of trying to rob a bank after escaping from Central California work camp tried to escape again during a courtroom appearance.
Man Sentenced To 1 Year In Jail For Posting Topless Pic Of Ex-GirlfriendLos Angeles man who posted a topless photo of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook has been sentenced to a year in jail for violating California's new "revenge porn" law.
More Narcotics Are Coming Into California JailsA 2011 California law that sends lower-level felons to county lock-ups to serve their time instead of state prison has caused a spike in narcotics smuggling in county jails, sheriff's officials say.
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.
Dozens Of Prisoners Freed From Sacramento County Jail Days After Voters Approve Proposition 47Sheriffs across the state immediately began implementing Proposition 47, which calls for treating shoplifting, forgery, fraud, petty theft and possession of small amounts of drugs, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, as misdemeanors instead of felonies.