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.


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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.


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.


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.


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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.


Inmates at Chino State Prison walk past their bunk beds in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Rejects Calif. Inmate Crowding Appeal

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected California’s appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences.


Rapper and actor Ja Rule attends the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on January 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

With New Film, Rapper Ja Rule Looks Ahead After Prison

Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper’s missteps.


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Gov. Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Reducing State’s Prison Population

Gov. Jerry Brown and the four legislative leaders reached a compromise Monday on reducing the state’s prison population, agreeing to ask a panel of federal judges to extend the end-of-the-year deadline on releasing thousands of inmates.


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UPDATED: Calif. Inmates End Two-Month Hunger Strike

California inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment.


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Serial Molester Sentenced To Hundreds Of Years In Prison

A Citrus Heights man has been sentenced to hundreds of years behind bars for repeatedly molesting children.


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)

Gov. Brown Proposes $315 Million Plan To Reduce Prison Population

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday responded to a federal court order to significantly reduce California’s prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send inmates to private prisons and empty county jail cells.


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Human-Rights Group: More Than 100 Female Prisoners Sterilized In California Prisons

Activists call Tuesday’s hearing at the state capitol a historic moment and the culmination of a years-long fight for justice. They demand the state apologize and provide reparations to upward of 100 pregnant women they claim were illegally sterilized behind bars.