2 California Inmate Deaths Investigated As Unrelated HomicidesThe weekend deaths of two inmates at a Northern California prison are being investigated as unrelated homicides, state authorities said Monday.
Chowchilla Prison Is Fourth In California To Fail Health ReviewMedical records often were missing, misfiled, incomplete or illegible. Medicine often was not provided as needed. Essential supplies and basic equipment were missing from many examination rooms.
Visitor Strip Searches No Longer Allowed At California Prisons, But Drug Dogs On High AlertIt's the first time visitors will be scrutinized by dogs that previously have been used to search inmates.
Fewer Potty Watches Bring More Results For California PrisonsSuspected smugglers are put in isolation cells with their hands chained and sometimes covered in "hand isolation devices" similar to oven mitts.
Invasive California Prison 'Potty Watch' Program Often Finds Little ContrabandCalifornia uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: "potty watches" where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course.
California 'Lifers' Leaving Prison At Record Pace For decades, California's criminal justice policies ensured that murderers and others sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole, could expect to die in prison. And most of the time, they did.
California To Recognize Gang Members Can Change A Decade After CrimesGang associates would have to steer clear of gang activities for about a decade to qualify, while gang leaders would have to behave for a minimum of 14 years.
Report: Fewer Ex-Convicts Committing New CrimesThe state corrections department says California's recidivism rate continued to drop in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders were soon back behind bars.
Judge Mulls California Inmate Isolation PracticesA federal judge was expected to wrap up hearings Thursday on the last of four legal challenges to the way California treats mentally ill inmates, months after he rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to end court oversight of prison mental health programs.
Judge To Decide Treatment Of Calif. Mentally Ill InmatesA federal judge is set to decide whether the heavy use of pepper spray by state prison guards against mentally ill inmates violates prisoners' civil rights.
Assembly Passes Bill To Avoid Early Inmate ReleaseThe state Assembly has approved a compromise plan to deal with the state's prison crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend the deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.