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Illicit Drugs ‘Rampant’ In California State Prisons

California 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.

06/21/2015

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Advocacy Groups Critical Of State Board’s Spending On Jail Construction

Sixteen different California advocacy groups are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.

06/10/2015

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Inmate Found Dead At Calif. State Prison In Vacaville

Officials are investigating whether the death of an inmate who went missing from a Northern California prison is related to a fight among prisoners earlier in the day.

05/05/2015

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

California State Prison-Sacramento (credit: CBS13)

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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