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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

Generic photo of a prison. (Credit: CDCR)

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

Inmates at Chino State Prison, which houses 5500 inmates, crowd around double and triple bunk beds at a gymnasium that was modified to house 213 prisoners on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

California Prison Secretary Seeks Delay In Inmate Court Order

California’s corrections secretary says the state will have no choice but to move about 4,000 inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap.

01/08/2014

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Calif. Parole Board To Set Minimums For Life-Term Inmates

California has settled legal action by a prisoner who said his parole applications were routinely and unjustifiably denied, an agreement that could bring about earlier releases for inmates who have been sentenced to terms up to life but remain eligible for parole.

12/17/2013

Ex-Marine Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo committed suicide in his jail cell, says his attorney. (CBS)

Lawyer: Homeless Murders Suspect Died After Eating Ajax

A man awaiting trial for the murders of 4 homeless men committed suicide in his jail cell by eating Ajax, according to his attorney.

11/29/2013

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AP: Violence In Jail Against Inmates, Guards Increases Following Reforms

County 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.

11/28/2013

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