California Prison Employees Suspended Over Racist RemarksCalifornia prison officials said Friday that they suspended multiple employees who made racist jokes about the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, a disclosure that came amid protests across the state and nation.
California Governor Commutes Sentences, Including For MurderCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday pardoned five people who already served their time and commuted the sentences of 21 state prison inmates, including more than a dozen convicted of murder or related crimes. The victims were children in two of the cases and a pregnant woman in a third.
Ex-Inmate Charged With Sending Poison To California PrisonAn Eastern European man who authorities say sent a Christmas card to the Unabomber has been indicted on charges of mailing packages of a potentially deadly poison to a California state prison, officials said Friday.
Officials Investigating Two Separate Homicides In Vacaville Prison Yard With Four Suspects InvolvedPrison officials in Solano County are investigating two separate but related homicides that happened within a minute of each other on Wednesday afternoon. 
Mumps Outbreak Found At 4 California PrisonsAuthorities are trying to deal with an outbreak of mumps at four California prisons.
Officials Say 2 Inmates Kill Convict At California PrisonAuthorities say two inmates have killed a third convict at a state prison in far northwestern California.
Groups Ask Gov. Newsom To Deter Parolee DeportationsImmigrant rights groups are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to end policies they say ease the transfer of prison inmates to federal authorities despite California's efforts to provide a sanctuary to those who are in the country illegally.
What Can $75,560 Get You In California? A Prison CellThe cost of imprisoning each of California's 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year, enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer.
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.