Articles Tagged With ‘California Prisons’




Prison guard convicted of felony in SLO County

A Central Valley prison guard has been convicted of a felony for pointing a loaded gun at a vehicle during a 2014 road rage incident near Paso Robles. [Tribune] Anthony James Behrens, 53, is a sergeant at Kern Valley State... (Continue reading)

SLO judge frees man he once gave life sentence

More than 20 years after sentencing a 16-year-old to life in prison without parole, San Luis Obispo Judge Michael Duffy has ordered the release of the now 37-year-old man. When he was 13-years-old, Mexican national Freddie Chacon was sent to... (Continue reading)

California ordered to change the sex of an inmate

A federal judge has ordered the state of California to allow a prison inmate to undergo gender reassignment surgery. [LA Times] U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar ruled in San Francisco that the state was violating Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s constitutional rights... (Continue reading)

California’s death row out of room

With the state tied up in litigation and about 20 newly condemned men arriving yearly, California’s death row has run out of room. [LA Times] Currently, there are 731 men and 20 women sentenced to death in California. Most of... (Continue reading)

California jails letting inmates go early

In the wake of California prison realignment, local jails across the state are releasing more and more inmates before they have completed their sentences. [LA Times] California jails are currently releasing more than 13,500 inmates early each month in order... (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)

Controversy arises over prisoner’s death

Advocates of a California prison inmate hunger strike announced one of the prisoners who had been refusing meals has died, but state corrections officials said the death is under investigation as a suicide. [Reuters] Supporters and inmates say Billy Sell,... (Continue reading)

Prison realignment gets state scrutiny

An obscure state panel, the California State Sex Offender Management Board, has convened in Sacramento to study the social implications of the so-called prison realignment policy now being introduced by corrections officials. (Sacramento Bee) The realignment has been initiated to... (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)

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)