Dozens Of Prisoners Freed From Sacramento County Jail Days After Voters Approve Proposition 47

Sheriffs across the state immediately began implementing Proposition 47, which calls for treating shoplifting, forgery, fraud, petty theft and possession of small amounts of drugs, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, as misdemeanors instead of felonies.


File photo of a prison cell. (credit: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

High Court Won’t Delay Release Of Calif. Inmates

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year’s end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they’re forced to open the prison gates.


Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State address on Jan. 24, 2013. (credit: CBS13)

Gov. Brown Announces Pardons For 65 Prisoners, Including Murderer

Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been criticized for granting parole to more murderers than his predecessors, announced Saturday he has granted Easter Weekend pardons to 65 people, including one convicted killer.


Case Would Let Thousands Of California Criminals Vote

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters and two prisoners’ rights groups are suing California elections officials, claiming that tens of thousands of criminals being shifted to county jails and community supervision should be eligible to vote.


Bill Would Boost County Funds For State Prisonsers

State lawmakers have revised a bill to give counties more funding as they prepare to house up to 40,000 inmates who will be transferred from state prisons.