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

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.

Published in Current Events
Thursday, 15 December 2011 18:52

Death row inmates' desire to die renews debate

Legal experts are divided on whether a condemned prisoner who drops resistance to execution should be allowed a dignified end.


Oregon prisoner Gary Haugen faced death next month for killing two people, but Gov. John Kitzhaber banned further executions during his term. (Don Ryan, Associated Press / May 18, 20

 November 25, 2011, 6:58 p.m.

San Quentin, Calif.—Serial wife-killer Jerry Stanley wants to die.Imprisoned on death row for the past 28 years, Stanley insists he deserves execution for the cold-blooded killing of his fourth wife in 1980 and for shooting to death his second wife five years earlier in front of their two children.
Despairing of the isolation and monotony of San Quentin's rooftop fortress for the purportedly doomed, Stanley earlier this year stepped up his campaign for a date with the executioner by offering to solve the cold case of his third wife's disappearance 31 years ago — by disclosing where he buried her body.


Published in Prison Legal News
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