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.
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.
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
Federal judges are giving California two more years to meet a court-ordered inmate population cap.
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.
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.
A man awaiting trial for the murders of 4 homeless men committed suicide in his jail cell by eating Ajax, according to his attorney.
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.