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
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:09

MS DOC Sticks with Private Prisons

Sometime between the 8:45 p.m. and the 9:15 p.m. staff shift change on July 30, 2010, Tracy Alan Province, John Charles McCluskey and Daniel Kelly Renwick escaped from Arizona State Prison-Kingman. Just after 10 p.m., perimeter-patrol officers discovered a 30-by-22-inch hole in the fence. Two hours after the prison determined the inmates had escaped, Arizona Department of Corrections assumed command and the U.S. Marshals Service launched a manhunt.
Published in Prison Legal News

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

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

Published in Current Events

CALIFORNIA - State law can address the claims of an inmate who says medical staff mistreated him at a privately run federal prison, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, rejecting the idea that the landmark Bivens case gives him federal standing.
Richard Lee Pollard filed a pro se lawsuit in 2002 over injuries he sustained by slipping on a cart left in the doorway of a butcher shop at the Taft Correctional Institution in California.

Published in Prison Legal News

By Nikolas Bunton

Inmates of the Sierra Conservation Center training in the field for becoming firefighters.

JAMESTOWN, CALIFORNIA — “I’m not perfect by any means, and nobody is, but I’m ten times a better man than I was before this camp term,” inmate firefighter Philip Kirkpatrick, an eager camp inmate in his late twenties recounts of his experiences at Baseline Conservation Camp, one of the 19 prison fire camps conveniently placed throughout the state of California to fight wildfires, “I feel like my life has purpose to it now, and that’s something that I’ve honestly never had before. I’m ready to take on the world.”

Published in Prisoner Support
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