By Don Thompson

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Supreme Court rejects California inmate crowding appeal

Oct 15, 2013

SACRAMENTO — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences. The justices did not comment on their...

California inmates end hunger strike after 2 months

Sep 5, 2013

SACRAMENTO — California inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment. More than 30,000...

Gov. Brown changes tactics on prison overcrowding to avoid freeing inmates

Aug 8, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Eight months after Gov. Jerry Brown tried to end California's reliance on private prisons to handle an overflow of inmates, his administration has changed tactics. It now is seeking to expand their use as a less-harmful alternative to...

California finds too few inmates for early release

Jul 19, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says in a court filing that the state is falling far short of meeting a demand from federal judges to find thousands of inmates who could be released from prison early without endangering the public....

30,000 Pelican Bay inmates refuse food for 2nd day

Jul 9, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Nearly 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in California prisons refused meals for the second day in support of inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, corrections officials said Tuesday. The meals were refused on...

California lawmakers approve 4.5 percent worker raises

Jul 5, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Rebounding state revenue bolstered by temporary tax increases recently approved by voters are paying off for California's largest public employees' union. The state Senate this week, following earlier approval in the Assembly, ratified...

State Senate approves public records amendment

Jul 3, 2013

SACRAMENTO — The state Senate approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would guarantee the public's right to inspect local government public records while shifting the cost away from the state budget. The proposed amendment would end a...

Inmate dies in fight at California prison

Jun 3, 2013

SACRAMENTO — One inmate died and two others were seriously injured in a fight Monday that involved about 40 inmates at a state prison in the San Joaquin Valley, corrections officials said. A guard fired one bullet to quell the fighting that broke...

California details plans to reduce prison crowding

May 2, 2013

SACRAMENTO — California will seek to reduce inmates' sentences while increasing its use of private prisons to meet a court-ordered population cap by the end of the year, under a plan Gov. Jerry Brown filed late Thursday. The plan calls for...

Furloughs cost state $1 billion

Mar 14, 2013

SACRAMENTO — State worker furloughs saved California $5 billion over five years but left taxpayers on the hook for $1 billion in unused vacation because employees banked many of their paid days off while they were forced to stay home, according to...

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