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
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

A federal judge has shot down the state's request to take back control of inmate healthcare within 30 days.

Published in Current Events

By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – Fri, May 18, 2012

What if it cost $17 to make a 15-minute phone call in the U.S.? How often would you call home?

That's the dilemma facing many inmates who must rely on the prison phone service and pay sky-high rates.

A bipartisan group of prison reformers is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to stop phone companies from charging inmates what they call unreasonable and predatory rates to make phone calls.

Published in Inmate Telephone News

(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.

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Gary Mead, executive associate director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations touring the new facility with the press..

KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) – A 608-bed facility unveiled Tuesday in Texas represents what federal officials say is a centerpiece of the Obama administration's pledge to overhaul America's much-maligned system for jailing immigration offenders.

Published in Current Events

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.”

Published in Prison Legal News
Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:44

Mendota's new federal prison opens soon

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Carlos Saucedo

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