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Audit: California Prison Contract Wasted $3.2 Million On Paperwork

Auditors say the deal wasted $3.2 million the contractor received just to process invoices from a subcontractor that did the actual work.


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Suicide Spike Boosts Oversight Of California Women’s Prison

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.


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Critics Want Delay Of $500 Million For California Jails

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.


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Federal Judge Orders California To Pay For Inmates Sex Change Surgery

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.


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California Meets Judge’s Prison Crowding Goal One Year Early

California prisons held 162,804 inmates in 2006, more than twice as many inmates as they were designed to house.


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Inmates Who Work At Calif. Prisons Could Receive Sharply Reduced Sentences

Inmates who work as janitors, cooks and groundskeepers in California’s overcrowded prisons would be eligible for early release under a proposed legal settlement.


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Prison Guard Union Deal Includes 4 Percent Raise

Leaders of the union representing most state prison guards have given tentative approval to a two-year contract containing a 4 percent pay raise.


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Prison Hunger Strike Heads Into Seventh Week

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.


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Brown Mystified At Growing Prison Legal Case

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.


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)

AP Interview: Ex Critic Now Heads Calif. Prisons

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.


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Brown Signs Bill Banning Cell Phones In Prisons

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.