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Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Rundown on California Propositions 57 and 64 by Kent A. Russell by Kent A. Russell, Esq. In the November 2016 elections, California voters enacted Propositions 57 and 64, two new laws that will potentially benefit thousands of prisoners and scores of prior marijuana offenders. Prop 57 makes most non-violent prisoners ...
Three California Jail Guards Charged with Murdering One Prisoner, Assaulting Another by Christopher Zoukis Three California jail guards have been charged with assaulting and murdering a mentally ill prisoner after he was found unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight on August 27, 2015. Santa Clara County jail deputies Jereh ...
Increased Access to Higher Education Programs for California Prisoners by Christopher Zoukis Some California prisoners, including those confined at the notorious Pelican Bay supermax, are enjoying access to higher education courses provided by the state’s community colleges. A 2014 law eliminated the requirement that all classes taught by community colleges ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Ninth Circuit Vacates Generalized Order to Shackle Pretrial Defendants, En Banc Review Granted by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in August 2015 that a full restraint policy imposed on pretrial detainees in non-jury proceedings “ought to be justified by a commensurate need.” Before the Court were the consolidated ...
California County Settles Class-action Lawsuit Over Jail Medical and Mental Health Care by Matthew Clarke In November 2015, Riverside County, California agreed to settle a federal class-action civil rights suit brought by current and former county jail prisoners who alleged violations of their constitutional right to adequate medical and mental ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
CA Government Code Section 27706 g, CDCR, undated Michael Bien of Rosen Bien and Jim Egar, Chief Public Defender of Monterey County, worked together to investigate and then to successfully litigate a class action challenging medical, mental health, corrections, dental and ADA issues at the Jail. The Public Defender's Office ...
California’s Historic Corrections Reforms, PPIC, 2016 California’s Historic Corrections Reforms September 2016 Magnus Lofstrom, Mia Bird, and Brandon Martin PPIC.ORG © 2016 Public Policy Institute of California. PPIC is a public charity. It does not take or support positions on any ballot measures or on any local, state, or federal ...
California County Settles Suits over Two Jail Prisoners’ Deaths for $1.6 Million by Matthew Clarke In mid-2014, Sutter County, California settled lawsuits brought by the families of two county jail prisoners who died. The family of Rodney Bock received $800,000 while the family of Nathan Prasad received $825,000. The jail ...
Article • December 28, 2016
California Prison System Reluctantly Consents to Prison Worker Early Release by Derek Gilna The state of California, under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice and singled out by the U.S. Supreme Court for endemic overcrowding in its prison system, still had to be compelled to do the right thing ...
Wardens “Retire” from Two California Women’s Prisons by The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called the July 29, 2016 “retirement” of wardens at two state women’s prisons a “coincidence.” However, Colby Lenz, a legal advocate with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, commenting on the abrupt departures of ...
Article • December 7, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
California Prison Employees Reap Staggering Overtime Payments by Christopher Zoukis These are flush times for California prison workers. In 2014, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) employees hit a six-year high for overtime pay, receiving $575 million in overtime despite a major decline in the state’s prison population. Over ...
More Suicides, Overdoses and Murders in California Prisons, According to Death Review Report by Joe Watson While California’s prison population is down, homicides among state prisoners in 2013 were up sharply over previous years. Deaths from drug overdoses in California prisons were up, too, and the suicide rate among state ...
Ninth Circuit Declines to Enforce Procedural Bar When Prison Officials Waive Rule by In a January 12, 2016 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a prisoner successfully exhausts “such administrative remedies as are available” under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) “despite failing to comply with a ...
Publication • December 6, 2016
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New Directions - A blueprint for reforming California’s prison system to protect the public, reduce costs and rehabilitate inmates, CCPOA, 2010 -, ,, \ \ ,, , ,, ., , , , ,, ,, --- ------. -- - " --- --- ., , New Directions A blueprint for reforming California’s ...
Publication • November 30, 2016
When I Die, They'll Send Me Home - Youth Sentenced to LWOP in CA, HRW, 2008 United States When I Die, They’ll Send Me Home Youth Sentenced to Life without Parole in California H U M A N R I G H T S W A T C H January ...
Guards Claim No Leads in Gruesome California Prison Murder by Christopher Zoukis Prison officials at the medium security California State Prison, Solano have offered little explanation for their apparently lackadaisical investigation into the gruesome murder and disembowelment of a 24 year old man whose body was not found stuffed in ...
American Jail Population Remains Steady by Christopher Zoukis The population of America's jails at mid-year 2014 remained steady at approximately three-quarters or a million prisoners, at 744,600 men, women, and children.  This number represents a 1.8 percent increase from 2013 levels, but still lower than the 2008 high of 785,500 ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Company Offers Educational Tablets to Prisoners, with Mixed Results by Matthew Clarke A new educational product offered by a private company is being provided to prisoners in an increasing number of the nation’s jails – computer tablets supplied by Chicago-based Edovo (a name derived from “Education Over Obstacles”). Edovo tablets ...
CDCR Drug-sniffing Dog Trainer Resigns Over Switch to “Passive” Dogs by Joe Watson After resigning from his position, an expert dog trainer and veteran of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for more than 25 years has criticized a new program to reduce prison drug smuggling. Wayne Conrad, 61, ...
ACLU Sues California as Incompetent Defendants Wait in Jail for Mental Health Treatment by Joe Watson The ACLU filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of defendants declared incompetent to stand trial who languish in county jails across California while they await transfers to state mental health facilities. When the ...
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