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.
Sixteen different California advocacy groups are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for construction of local jails.
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.
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.
California corrections officials say an inmate at Corcoran state prison has died weeks after an assault from his cellmate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The parents of an inmate who died after being pepper-sprayed are suing officials at a Northern California prison.