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.
Federal judges are giving California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Citrus Heights man has been sentenced to hundreds of years behind bars for repeatedly molesting children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.