A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women’s prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase.
Californians voted last fall to reduce penalties for certain crimes, a decision that abruptly lowered jail populations and promised more money for jail alternative programs starting next year.
U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled Thursday that denying sex reassignment surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy violates her constitutional rights. Her birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.
California prisons held 162,804 inmates in 2006, more than twice as many inmates as they were designed to house.
Inmates who work as janitors, cooks and groundskeepers in California’s overcrowded prisons would be eligible for early release under a proposed legal settlement.
Leaders of the union representing most state prison guards have given tentative approval to a two-year contract containing a 4 percent pay raise.
A hunger strike involving several dozen inmates inside California’s prison system evolved Monday into a semantic battle between their advocates and corrections officials over how to define such an action.
Gov. Jerry Brown is defending his approach to a legal battle over the state prison system by saying California has undergone an “incredible transformation” since the federal courts took over the prison health care system.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s choice to lead California’s beleaguered prisons is a former critic who now says the system is more “nimble” and responsive after years of federal court oversight.
Thousands of prisoners, including Charles Manson, have been found with cellphones in California prisons, but it’s now illegal for prison employees and others to smuggle the mobile devices to state inmates, after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he had signed a bill making it a misdemeanor.