With the number of contraband cell phones rising each year, prison officials in California rolled out a new, high tech approach to combating the use of illegal mobile devices in correctional facilities.

Published in Inmate Telephone News
Monday, 22 October 2012 20:07

Avenal prison to block cellphones


California prison officials will start using new cellphone-blocking technology at a central San Joaquin Valley prison this week, the first step to rolling it out systemwide.

Published in Prison Legal News
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:29

Prison phone smuggling common in Calif.

California prison groups say 20 employees who have resigned or been fired were caught smuggling inmates cellphones.

Published in Inmate Telephone News
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.

Published in Prison Legal News
Thursday, 12 July 2012 21:14

Dysfunction at L.A.'s jails

It's no secret that the Los Angeles County jails are a mess. The FBI is looking into excessive use of force by sheriff's deputies.

Published in Current Events
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.

Published in Current Events
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

Published in Current Events

(Thompson, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 4/19)

California should create an independent board to monitor prison health care after federal oversight ends, according to a report released Thursday by the Legislative Analyst's Office, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.


About six years ago, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson appointed J. Clark Kelso to oversee the state's prison health care system after determining that an average of one inmate per week died as a

result of malpractice or neglect.

In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its inmate population to help improve health care.

Since then, the state has begun shifting low-level offenders to county jails to address prison overcrowding and building new health facilities at prisons.

In January, Henderson said the federal receivership overseeing California's prison health care can end because the state has improved inmate care (California Healthline, 2/24).

LAO released the new report less than two weeks before state officials and attorneys representing inmates are scheduled to recommend to a federal judge whether the receivership should end and

whether the state should maintain oversight of prison health care.

Published in Current Events

Dec. 27, 2011 | By Julie Small | KP

Tuesday was a benchmark day for California prisons. A federal court order requires California to reduce its prison population by 10,000 inmates.

Published in Current Events

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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