State corrections officials agreed Monday to a major change in California’s parole system that could lead to earlier releases for parole-eligible lifers. The settlement stems from a legal action filed by a prisoner at Soledad, who was sentenced to 15 years to life for a 1987 murder and claimed that his parole application was routinely and […]
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The Stanford Criminal Justice Center has released its third major study of the impacts of Public Safety Realignment on California counties. The report, written by Robert Weisberg and Lisa T. Quan, is entitled “Assessing Judicial Sentencing Preferences After Public Safety Realignment: A Survey of California Judges” (click for PDF). It is available on Stanford’s Criminal […]
In a new report entitled “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses” (click to access PDF), the ACLU spotlights the thousands of prisoners serving life without parole sentences in the United States for nonviolent drug and property crimes. “This report documents the thousands of lives ruined and families destroyed by sentencing people to […]
Last week, Stanford released its first major study of the impacts of Public Safety Realignment on California counties. The report, available here, is entitled “Voices From the Field: How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment” by Joan Petersilia. This first report summarizes the results of 125 interviews conducted in 21 counties with stakeholders responsible for implementing AB 109. To […]
As reported in the Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring special parole hearings for prisoners who were prosecuted as adults and sent to prison for crimes they committed as juveniles, his office announced late Monday. Senate Bill 260, by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, will make inmates imprisoned for crimes they committed before turning 18 […]
As reported in the Guardian (click here for the full article): Whole-life jail sentences without any prospect of release amount to inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners, the European court of human rights has ruled. The landmark judgment will set the ECHR on a fresh collision course with the UK government but does not mean that any of […]
As posted on July 7, 2013 by the Center for Investigative Reporting: Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, The Center for Investigative Reporting has found. At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules […]
As reported on July 3, 2013 by The Press-Enterprise: The next step in state prison realignment began this week with Riverside and San Bernardino counties taking over hearings and incarcerations for many ex-convicts accused of parole violations – a role that previously belonged to the state prison system. Until now, the post-release community supervision violations […]
As reported on June 24, 2013 by the L.A. Times: California has lost another federal court decision: a judge on Monday ordered the state to move inmates at risk of contracting valley fever out of two prisons afflicted with the deadly fungus. The order late Monday by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson gives the state seven […]
As posted on the Governor’s website: 6-20-2013 SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement today on the inmate reduction order by the Three-Judge Panel: “The state will seek an immediate stay of this unprecedented order to release almost 10,000 inmates by the end of this year.” ### Click here to access […]
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