New California Group Forms To Aid Inmates' Return To SocietyThe most populous U.S. state not surprisingly has the most people being released from its prisons and jails. And now it has what organizers said Thursday is the nation's first statewide coordinated effort to help them reintegrate back into the community.
Inmate Walks Away From Conservation Camp In El Dorado County, CDCR SaysAuthorities are searching for an inmate who walked away from a firefighting camp in El Dorado County, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
California Moves To Phase Out Its Last 3 Remaining State-Run Youth PrisonsCalifornia is phasing out its state-run youth prisons and shifting the responsibility to counties, 162 years after lawmakers created the first alternative to housing children as young as 12 alongside adults in San Quentin and Folsom state prisons.
41 California District Attorneys Challenge Early Release Eligibility For 76,000 InmatesSacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and 40 other California district attorneys on Thursday announced a petition challenging the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's adoption of new regulations awarding more than 76,000 inmates an opportunity for early release.
CDCR Makes Changes to 'Good Conduct Credits,' Could Put Inmates In Front of Parole Board SoonerChanges from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation could make it faster for people in prison to be release. The move has sparked conversation and controversy across the state.
California To Shut 2nd Prison As Inmate Population DwindlesA decade after prison crowding forced California to realign its criminal justice system, the population in what once was the nation's largest state correctional system has shrunk to the point where officials announced Tuesday they will close one of two inmate firefighter training centers.
California Supreme Court: Some Sex Offenders Can Qualify For Early ParoleThe California Supreme Court ruled Monday that inmates who have been convicted of nonviolent sex crimes may be eligible for early parole consideration as part of a ballot measure that nearly two-thirds of voters approved of four years ago.
California Announces First Closure Of State Prison Since 2003A California assemblymember said nearly $200 million in operating costs will be saved after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR) announcement on Friday of the closure of a state prison in Tracy.
State Corrections Secretary Ralph Diaz Retires Amid Coronavirus, Protest PressureCalifornia's corrections secretary is retiring after two years in a job that Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said involved “unparalleled challenges" — most recently coronavirus outbreaks that swept state prisons and led to calls for new leadership amid increasing social pressure to ease mass incarceration.
Report Faults California Prisons For Poor Coronavirus ChecksCalifornia prisons were inconsistent in screening employees and visitors for the coronavirus, which may have increased the risk of its spread, the state's inspector general said in a report Monday.
California Ups Early Inmate-Release Estimate Amid ObjectionsState prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up.