California Prisons Fight COVID-19 Outbreaks Amid Staff ConcernsWith a new and more infectious coronavirus variant sweeping California, attorneys representing inmates say violations of health orders by prison staff risk a repeat of the outbreaks that killed dozens in the first year of the pandemic.
New Policy Now Limits Medical Parole For California Prisoners On VentilatorsA new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons.
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.
California Supreme Court Rules Inmates Can’t Have Cannabis In PrisonPrison inmates can't legally possess marijuana under California's law allowing recreational pot, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in overturning a lower court that found prisoners could have the drug as long as they didn't consume it.
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.
Former UC Davis Professor Going To Olympics, Then PrisonA former UC Davis professor is heading to the Tokyo Olympics despite being sentenced to prison.
In-Person Prison Visits Stopped Due To COVID Pandemic Will Soon ResumeCalifornia state prisons will soon resume limited in-person visits with inmates more than a year after they were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday.
Panel Calls For Overhaul Of California's Sentencing LawsCalifornia should allow all but death row inmates and those serving life-without-parole to request lighter sentences after serving at least 15 years as part of a dramatic overhaul of the state's sentencing laws recommended Tuesday by an advisory committee to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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 Man Gets 5 Years In Prison For Art Fraud SchemeA California man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for trying to sell forged art to a South Florida gallery.
California May Release 10% Of Inmates In Coronavirus Pandemic ResponseCalifornia officials will soon release another 3,100 inmates from state prisons in response to the coronavirus pandemic and in all now plans to release a total of more than 10,000 inmates, or nearly 10 percent of prisoners.
New Outbreaks Push U.S. Inmate Coronavirus Cases Past 50,000The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic.
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.
1st Female California Inmate Dies Of Coronavirus; 14 Inmate Deaths Now RecordedCalifornia prisons now have 14 inmate deaths tied to the coronavirus, officials said Thursday, including the first outside the one prison where 13 inmates have died.
Newsom: Shrink Prisons To Help Cut BudgetGov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California's prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also because of philosophy.