Saturday, 28 July 2012 15:29

State prisons regurgitating felons

There are 38,000 more felons in California county jails and other local lockups and programs, thanks to a relatively new state policy dubbed “realignment” which officials hope will reduce what had been a rapidly-growing prison population.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:44

Can America Reduce its Prison Population?

The current trend of prison downsizing in the United States may not succeed unless experts can advise policy makers promptly about which non-prison programs for convicts change offender behavior, says criminologist Joan Petersilia of Stanford Law School.

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Everything is bigger in Texas, the saying goes, and that is now also true of its prison system.

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Monday, 04 June 2012 19:50

Finding money in California's prisons

So far, the only apparent solutions to California's budget crisis are increased revenues and draconian budget cuts. Legislative leaders have pledged to examine all options to avert further crippling reductions in

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March 12, 2012 | By Julie Small | KPCC

Picture of a Pelican Bay Prison Secure Housing Unit.

The "Secure Housing Unit" at Pelican Bay State Prison

California prison officials have announced plans to revise policies for controlling prison gangs. Last week they said they want to refine criteria for deciding who poses a threat — and gets isolated in what’s called Security Housing Units or “the SHU.”

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Bay City News Service

Updated: 12/13/2011 08:31:50 AM PST

California - San Quentin State Prison officials presented a $38,232 check Monday to seven Bay Area agencies that provide services to crime victims.

The money represents 20 percent of the wages earned by 30 prison inmates who assemble medical devices, San Quentin State Prison spokesman Sgt. Gabe Walters said.

Each of the seven agencies will receive $5,400.

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Written by
Elizabeth Crisp
Jimmie E. Gates

Mississippi corrections officials have saved about $5 million in seven years by releasing 89 terminally ill inmates to their homes or other care facilities.

They are just a fraction of the 21,432 prisoners in the state's corrections system and also represent a small number of those released early for various reasons.

But they are among the most expensive to keep behind bars, so their release often yields the biggest savings.

Of those freed on medical release, some have suffered from cancer, lung disease, heart failure, liver disease and AIDS among other terminal illnesses.

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Wednesday, 22 September 2010 12:55

Brown wants executions to resume in Calif.

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

California Attorney General Jerry Brown


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Attorney General Jerry Brown and his lawyers are demanding that executions resume in California as soon as next week in a push that marks a significant change of heart for the former outspoken death penalty opponent.

A judge halted executions in California in 2006 and ordered prison officials to overhaul lethal injection procedures. More than 700 killers now line California Death Row, and Brown's office believes lethal injection regulations adopted last month will ensure that condemned inmates won't suffer "cruel and unusual punishment" when executed.

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Artist rendition of San Quentin's new inmate healthcare center

California Prison Health Care Services

The federal receiver spent $135 million on a new San Quentin Health Facility, and $18 million to expand medical space at Avenal - but California's other 31 prison medical facilities still lack improvements.

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