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A view of the California State Prison at San Quentin May 15, 2009 in San Quentin, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Federal Judge Outlines Plan For California To Regain Control Of Prison Health Care System

U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco acted Tuesday after a court-appointed overseer reported that conditions have substantially improved since 2006.

03/10/2015

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Central California Prison Inmate Dies Weeks After Cell Assault

California corrections officials say an inmate at Corcoran state prison has died weeks after an assault from his cellmate.

03/04/2015

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Experts: Reducing Prison Populations Best Way To Keep Sex Offenders Safe Behind Bars

California’s extraordinary rate of prison homicides is rekindling a debate over whether the state needs to further reduce its prison population to ensure inmates’ safety.

02/17/2015

Corcoran State Prison (Photo by Online USA)

Sex Offenders Make Up 30 Percent Of California Prison Homicide Victims

California state prisoners are killed at a rate that is double the national average – and sex offenders like Ager account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to an Associated Press analysis of corrections records.

02/16/2015

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More Narcotics Are Coming Into California Jails

A 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.

11/29/2014

Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard December 10, 2010 in Chino, California.  (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Federal Judges: California Needs To Speed Up Release Of Non-Violent Inmates

Federal 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.

11/15/2014

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Prison Guard Union Faces Fine For Not Reporting $25,000 In Gifts To State Lawmakers

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association agreed to the fine as part of a settlement proposed by the state’s campaign finance watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission.

11/11/2014

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California Corrections Officers Honored For Overcoming Odds, Saving Others

Working as a correctional officer or supporting staff in the California state prison system is like sitting on a powder keg. They supervise an unpredictable population, some with strong ties to street gangs.

09/18/2014

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Parents Of Calif. Inmate Who Died After Being Pepper Sprayed File Lawsuit

The parents of an inmate who died after being pepper-sprayed are suing officials at a Northern California prison.

09/04/2014

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Union: California Prison Staff Told To Falsify Suicide Watch Records

A union says California prison employees were pressured into falsifying suicide watch records at the state’s Stockton medical facility, endangering inmates and violating court-mandated standards.

07/31/2014

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California Inmate’s Death In Oklahoma Prison Ruled Homicide

Todd Bush was sent to an out-of-state facility under California’s plan to relieve prison overcrowding. North Fork, which opened in 1998, houses about 2,400 inmates

04/19/2014

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Judges Give California 2 More Years To Meet Mandated Inmate Population Levels

Federal judges are giving California two more years to meet a court-ordered inmate population cap.

02/10/2014

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