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

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