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  • California Supreme Court Rules for Jerry Brown in Prison Case

    The California Supreme Court, siding with Gov. Jerry Brown in a major prison case, on Monday overturned a lower court ruling blocking his initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole. In a 6-1 ruling, the court found Brown acted within his discretion when he filed the November ballot initiative as an amendment


  • Jerry Brown’s crime initiative dealt major blow

    In a major setback for Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping prison and parole initiative, a judge on Wednesday ruled the measure was improperly filed, barring the state attorney general from issuing ballot language necessary for supporters to start collecting signatures. The initiative, which would make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole, was filed last month


  • California corrections chief aims to change prison culture

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s new corrections chief plans to add training on diversity and leadership for prison employees and to examine what has been effective in other states to change employees’ attitudes as he tries to alter a culture that often pits prison guards against inmates and outsiders. “They (guards) have worked under very difficult


  • Prison officials looking into death of Shasta County man

    LANCASTER, Calif. – Officials at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) are investigating the death of an inmate. Inmate Rashell Clarke, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Clarke succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:26


  • Parolee Suspected in String of Holdups

    A parolee suspected of committing a series of robberies targeting cell phone stores in Moreno Valley was being held without bail Saturday. Jonathan Santoyo, 28, was arrested Thursday following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation. According to sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Kent, Santoyo allegedly held up a mobile phone business in the 25000 block of Sunnymead Boulevard


  • Sentencing reform in California: Another “let them out early” proposal?

    California is a strange place politically. Many years ago California had a crime known as larceny. The penalty was six months to life in the state slammer. One such prisoner was incarcerated at DVI where I worked. He stole a bicycle from an unlocked garage. He was also an in-your-face jerk. When he came up


  • Proposals to limit California public pensions won’t make November ballot

    For the third time in five years, an effort to put a government pension measure before voters has stalled for lack of money. Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio announced Monday that they are backing off plans to qualify a proposal for the November ballot. Instead, they said


  • Inmate with ’187′ tattooed on chin walks away from community re-entry facility

    Authorities Wednesday sought the public’s help in locating an inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles community re-entry facility. Louie Iniguez, 24, who was due to be paroled next month, destroyed his GPS device and walked away from the Male Community Re-Entry Program about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Dana Simas of the California Department


  • Due process, fairness, justice, and the Peace Officer Bill of Rights

    There has been a major splash in the media recently about the Peace Officer Bill of Rights (POBOR) in California and a black eye for the San Francisco Police Department. I have now been retired for over ten years. I started working for the California Department of Corrections at the tag-end of 1980, just when


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