Articles Tagged With ‘California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’

County officials dispute release of murderer to SLO

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and District Attorney Dan Dow are appealing the release of a convicted murdered to San Luis Obispo, arguing that they were not provided as much time as legally required to prepare for the... (Continue reading)

UN investigating torture allegations in California prisons

The United Nations’ lead torture investigator has agreed to look into allegations that some California prisoners are not treated humanely. Juan Mendez is seeking access to California lockups to ensure that prisoner’s rights are being protected. “We should have more... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court refuses to halt pending prisoner releases

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to halt the pending release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by years end to deal with unconstitutional prison conditions caused by overcrowding. [CNN] The court voted 6-3 Friday to reject a plea from Gov.... (Continue reading)

Men’s Colony inmates join statewide hunger strike

Inmates at the California Men’s Colony have joined a statewide hunger strike over the treatment of prisoners, just as state officials are trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that prison conditions have improved. The California Department of Corrections and... (Continue reading)

Should California inmates practice safe sex?

A California lawmaker has proposed requiring state prison officials to distribute condoms to inmates in order to limit the spread of HIV and other diseases. [ABC 10] Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s bill, AB 999, would require the state Department of... (Continue reading)

Valley Fever outbreak at California prisons

An outbreak of Valley Fever at two California prisons prompted a federal judge on Tuesday to order the state to relocate thousands of prisoners to other facilities. [ABC] State correctional officials have agreed to transport 2,600 at risk inmates including... (Continue reading)

Six CMC officers injured in inmate attack

An attack by an inmate at the California Men’s Colony on Thursday resulted in six correctional officers being transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. At approximately 8:45 a.m., inmate Christopher McCoy, 34, was discovered trying to... (Continue reading)

Violence increasing at California state mental hospitals

Assaults by patients at California’s state mental hospitals have escalated and confinements times have increased while  a costly federal effort to reduce heavy drugging and improper restraining failed to improve care and help patients control violent impulses. [LATimes] In 2006,... (Continue reading)

Answering the eyeglass critics

OPINION by ROBERT THOMAS Upon reviewing the responses to my editorial regarding the lack of optometric treatment provided to prisoners at the California Men's Colony (CMC), I feel compelled to make a few comments and provide some facts. First, I admit... (Continue reading)

California Men’s Colony accused of gross negligence

OPINION By ROBERT THOMAS Recently, it has been suggested that administration of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisoner health care system by a federal oversight agency be ended and authority returned to CDCR. However, the current federal... (Continue reading)