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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.

10/15/2013

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.

10/02/2013

Gov. Jerry Brown (Credit: CBS13)

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.

09/09/2013

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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.

09/05/2013

Ryan Haley (Credit: Citrus Heights P.D.)

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.

09/03/2013

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.

08/27/2013

State Capitol

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.

08/13/2013

File photo of a prison. (credit: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Female Inmates Being Eyed For Release To Ease Crowding

More than two dozen seriously ill female inmates could be among the first in line for release as California struggles to meet a federal court order to reduce prison crowding by year’s end, officials said Monday.

08/05/2013

California State Prison-Sacramento (credit: CBS13)

California Inmate Dies In Solitary Cell Amid Prisoner Hunger Strike

Prison officials said Saturday that they are investigating Monday’s death at California State Prison, Corcoran as a possible suicide. They are awaiting the Kings County coroner’s report before making a final determination on the cause of death.

07/27/2013

File photo of Folsom Prison (credit: AP)

Thousands Of California Inmates Refuse Food In Protest

More than 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in California prisons have refused at least one meal in support of inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, corrections officials said Tuesday.

07/09/2013

File photo of a prison cell. (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Proposes Giving Condoms To Inmates To Cut STD Rate

California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled.

07/07/2013

Pleasant Valley State Prison

State To Move 2,600 Inmates Out Of Prisons With Airborne Fungus

State corrections officials say they will comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.

07/02/2013

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