Articles Tagged With ‘Prisons’

Seeking the death penalty’s demise

Urging termination of California’s death penalty, an advocacy group launched a ballot initiative effort Monday, just days after a similar proposal stalled in the legislature. Taxpayers for Justice announced a signature-gathering campaign aimed at giving state voters a chance to... (Continue reading)

Say what? Prisoners’ phones in jeopardy

Smuggling cells phones into California correctional facilities has become so commonplace that even Charlie Manson got caught twice with one, and now the state legislature is taking a step toward preventing further proliferation of the devices behind bars. An Assembly... (Continue reading)

Facebook takes down California inmate accounts

Inmates with unauthorized access to cell phones have been posting Facebook pages from inside California prisons, as well as trolling victims’ pages and harassing them, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As a result, prison authorities have... (Continue reading)

California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo County facing massive layoffs

Officials at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) met last week to discuss a plan to lay off about 200 employees. Proposed layoffs at CMC include one chief deputy, two associate wardens, two captains, several lieutenants and sergeants as well as dozens... (Continue reading)

California prison hunger strike: Authorities say it’s over but some inmates still refuse to eat

Inmates in 13 prisons throughout California Wednesday appear to have ended a three-week hunger strike, according to prison authorities, that began as a protest against conditions at the high-security, “super max,” Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County. [SF... (Continue reading)

Violent felons given unsupervised parole

Prison officials allowed 450 violent convicts to be placed on unsupervised parole last year prompted a sharp exchange between the department of corrections and the inspector general’s office, according to a California audit. [CaliforniaWatch] A report released Wednesday by Inspector... (Continue reading)

Prison union battles staff searches

Random staff searches that are part of an effort to curb the smuggling of cell phones into state prisons are drawing objections from the powerful union representing correctional officers. [CaliforniaWatch] Union officials contend the monthly searches of all employees are... (Continue reading)

Governor Brown calls for better deal for prison guards

California Gov. Jerry Brown negotiated a contract with the politically powerful prison guards’ union that lets guards bank an unlimited amount of vacation time they get paid for when they retire at a substantial cost to taxpayers, a legislative analyst... (Continue reading)

Cell phones seized from Charles Manson

Cult killer Charles Manson was just one of 11,000 California inmates caught with cell phones in 2010. Manson was caught calling and texting people in California, Florida, New Jersey and British Columbia. He had missed calls from Arkansas, Indiana and... (Continue reading)

Plans to divert state prisoners to county jails

Newly inaugurated Gov. Jerry Brown will propose shifting low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails as one of many budget cuts to shrink California’s $28 billion deficit. [CaliforniaWatch] But this solution also poses a number of problems. First among... (Continue reading)