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.
California Jails Use Kinder Approach To Solitary ConfinementAn inmate in solitary confinement at a California jail was refusing to leave his cell. The jailers' usual response: Send an "extraction team" of corrections officers to burst into the cell and drag him out.
Inmate Serving Life Sentence Reportedly Attacked Correctional Officers At Stockton FacilityOfficials are investigating an inmate attack on two correctional officers as attempted homicide.
Documents Reveal Sexual Abuse At California Women’s PrisonsWhile the number of dismissals for sexual misconduct are extremely rare among the roughly 26,000 correctional officers who work at California prisons, inmate advocates say sexual abuse by staff is more rampant than the records show because few officers get reported or investigated.
Could GPS-Tracked Sex Offenders Go Unmonitored During Power Shutoffs?The PG&E power shutoffs are raising new concerns: Could violent offenders on GPS tracking devices take advantage of the outages?
Experimental California Diversion Program Lets Victims Confront OffendersCalifornia officials are experimenting with a new diversion program for criminals that includes having victims directly confront their offenders.
California Ends Use Of Out-Of-State Prisons After 13 YearsThirteen years after California began exporting thousands of felons to private prisons across the nation, the last convict has boarded a bus back to California.