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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

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

Convict Who Inspired CA’s 3 Strikes Law Released

A man whose long rap sheet inspired California’s three strikes law is back living in Fresno after being released under the state’s prison realignment law.

11/24/2013

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Northern California State Prison Guard Hospitalized Following Inmate Attack

A correctional officer is hospitalized in fair condition after he was slashed in the head and neck with an inmate-made weapon at a Northern California state prison.

11/18/2013

Gov. Brown admits to overcrowding in the prison system but will continue to fight in court to prevent prisoner releases. (Getty Images)

Governor Says No Easy Answers On Troubled Prisons

Gov. Jerry Brown said problems remain in California’s prison system, even as he argues that conditions have improved so much that the state should take over control from the federal courts.

10/24/2013

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

California Prisons To Change Pepper Spray Rules

California prison officials said Wednesday that they will change the rules for using pepper spray on mentally ill inmates, as a federal judge considers whether current practices violate inmates’ civil rights.

10/23/2013

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Federal Judges Extend Deadline For Calif. To Reduce Prison Population

Federal judges are giving California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay.

10/21/2013

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