First month of prison realignment program has been problematic
By Christina Villacorte, The Daily Breeze-- The first month of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan has been problematic in Los Angeles County, where understaffing forced probation officers to double their caseloads and sheriff's deputies were not given authority to arrest no-show parolees until just a few days ago.
'Realignment' crowds Calif. jails
By Salvador Hernandez and Sean Emery, The Orange County Register-- Twice as many inmates as projected arrived at Orange County jails during the first month of an ambitious overhaul of the state's correctional system that has county governments taking on new responsibilities for confining and monitoring convicts.
Hard start for realignment
By Christina Villacorte, The Contra Costa Times-- The first month of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan has been problematic in Los Angeles County, where understaffing forced probation officers to double their caseloads and sheriff's deputies were not given authority to arrest no-show parolees until just a few days ago.
L.A. County jails may be out of room next month
By Andrew Blankstein and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times-- The state law that shifts prisoners to local authorities means the Sheriff's Department may release thousands of inmates awaiting trial. A new way of identifying the least risky ones is in the works, Baca says.
L.A. jails nearing capacity, inmate releases considered
Los Angeles Times-- Los Angeles County’s jails could run out of space as early as next month due to an influx of state prisoners, prompting officials to consider releasing potentially thousands inmates awaiting trial.
Little-known state board overturns employee terminations
By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times-- The board has reversed dozens of terminations in recent years, turning the employees' time off into the equivalent of long, paid vacations. Among the cases: a mentally disturbed prison doctor fired for mistreating inmates…
Prison guard pleads guilty to smuggling phones, tobacco to inmates
By Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee-- A California corrections officer confessed Monday in Sacramento federal court to smuggling cell phones and tobacco into a Northern California prison in return for cash payments.
Calif. prison guard pleads in phone-smuggling case
The Associated Press-- A California prison guard has pleaded guilty to a federal crime stemming from allegations that he took bribes from inmates to smuggle tobacco and cell phones.
Manhunt On For Two Escaped Inmates In Solano County
CBS-- Law enforcement agencies in Northern California are looking for two inmates who escaped from a minimum security camp in Solano County this morning.
Rodney Alcala Wants to Stay on Death Row
By Matt Coker, The OC Weekly-- Serial killer Rodney Alcala has been behind bars since his arrest in 1979 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. Through his original convictions, overturned convictions and re-affirmed convictions, the 68-year-old has remained incarcerated in California.
Convicted 1970s Calif. serial killer says he shouldn’t be sent to face NY charges
Associated Press-- When prosecutors announced last winter that a convicted California serial killer was being charged with two 1970s murders in New York, they said they were determined to have him brought back east from death row to face the new charges.
Jesus in San Quentin
K-LOVE's Marya Morgan visited felons radically transformed by powerful faith in Jesus Christ.
Court Requires Woman to Pay Alimony to Ex-Husband When He Gets Out of Prison For Sexually Assaulting Her
LAist-- A woman in Carlsbad convinced a jury that her husband should be put in prison for sexually assaulting her. But she couldn't convince a family court judge that she shouldn't have to pay spousal support to her ex-husband when he gets out of prison.
OUR VIEW: No easy choices on prison overcrowding
The Gadsden Times-- In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates because of conditions in its overcrowded prisons. That’s a fate that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange wants to avoid, and he says “hard choices” are ahead for the state.
Editorial: Riverside County plan to charge prisoners for jail time impractical
Highlander News-- Last week, the Riverside County board of supervisors unanimously approved a measure that will allow the county to charge certain prisoners a fee for every day they spend behind bars.
Prison dispatch: Class warfare and punishment
By Richard Gilliam, KALW-- [T]oday I’d like to talk about class warfare in a different light. I’m talking about a double standard the non-wealthy experience when it comes to crime and punishment.