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.
California Officials Blasted For Prison Coronavirus OutbreakCalifornia lawmakers harshly criticized state corrections officials' "failure of leadership" Wednesday, saying they botched their handling of the coronavirus pandemic by inadvertently transferring infected inmates to a virus-free prison, triggering the state's worst prison outbreak.
3rd California Prison Has Coronavirus-Related Inmate DeathA third California state prison has had an inmate die of suspected coronavirus as fatalities spread beyond what had been the prisons' epicenter for such deaths, officials said Friday.
3 California Prison Inmates Die From Coronavirus ComplicationsThree inmates from a California prison have died from what appear to be COVID-19 complications while hundreds more at a federal lockup have tested positive for the virus, officials said Thursday.
Coronavirus Cases In California Prisons Multiplied In Days, Inmates Fear Further SpreadThe number of inmates infected with coronavirus in the California prison system grew by more than seven times in a little more than a week.
Roy Lewis Norris, Convicted 'Tool Box Killer,' Dies At California Medical FacilityRoy Lewis Norris one of the so-called "Tool Box Killers" who preyed on teenage girls in Southern California more than 40 years ago has died, state corrections officials said Tuesday.