Posts Tagged ‘ California Department of Corrections ’

Stanford Law School releases progress report on Prop 36

September 10, 2013

The Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project on Monday released its latest progress report on Proposition 36, which was passed by state voters in November.  California’s three-strikes law was long considered one of the strongest in the nation. Under the law, defendants could be sentenced to life in prison when they were convicted of a third felony,…

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California prison inmates end hunger strike

September 6, 2013

After two months, Californian prison inmates have ended their hunger strike. The strike began in July to protest conditions in state prisons, specifically the use of isolation cells, also known as SHUs for security housing units. The strike focused in particular on conditions at Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County. Last month, a…

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The ongoing saga of California’s courts

May 16, 2013

Lawyers for state prison inmates have filed papers asking federal judges to hold Gov. Jerry Brown and State Corrections Chief Jeffrey Beard in contempt of court for failure to comply in a timely fashion with orders to reduce the state’s prison population. Howard Mintz of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the lawyers are…

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Gov. Brown introduces revised California budget

May 14, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a revised state budget proposal today, one that’s lower than was projected earlier this year. He’s also cautioning against new spending, which the New York Times reports is “disappointing to Democratic lawmakers who had hoped that rising state tax revenues would finance social programs after years of austerity.” “The revised budget…

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