prisons http://kvpr.org en Governor Brown Defends Prison Practices http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-defends-prison-practices <p>California Governor Jerry Brown says reducing prison overcrowding continues to be a top priority. Brown talked with reporters Tuesday after speaking at the 25<sup>th</sup> Annual Crime Victims Right’s Rally at the state Capitol. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>A federal three-judge panel has given the Brown administration an additional two years to reduce prison overcrowding to court-mandated levels. The ruling was a victory for Brown who had factored the extra time into his proposed budget. But he says court intervention remains a burden.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:23:27 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30945 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Defends Prison Practices Brown Uses Budget to Push for More Time on Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/brown-uses-budget-push-more-time-prisons <div><p>California remains under a court order to reduce its prison population. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown is trying to use his budget to get the state some more time.</p></div><p>A federal three judge panel has given California until the middle of April to reduce is prison population to about 137 percent of capacity.&nbsp; But Brown is basing several items in his budget on the assumption California will get a two-year extension of that deadline. Brown has long maintained the state has done enough to reduce prison overcrowding.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:07:14 +0000 Katie Orr - Captial Public Radio 26971 at http://kvpr.org Brown Uses Budget to Push for More Time on Prisons US Supreme Court Rejects State's Prison Appeal http://kvpr.org/post/us-supreme-court-rejects-states-prison-appeal <p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown has been turned down by the US Supreme Court once again. He won&rsquo;t get a hearing on a federal order to reduce prison overcrowding in the state. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p1">The Supreme Court has declined to hear Brown&rsquo;s appeal, attempting to overturn a federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding in the state. California has until the end of January to comply with the order, but could be given an extension if it develops a suitable long-term plan to reduce overcrowding.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:08:36 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23073 at http://kvpr.org US Supreme Court Rejects State's Prison Appeal Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Prisons Deal http://kvpr.org/post/brown-legislative-leaders-reach-prisons-deal <p>After nearly two weeks of sniping back and forth, California Governor Jerry Brown and Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg have reached a deal on their competing prison plans.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on how the state will respond to the federal court order that requires California to reduce overcrowding in its prisons.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:37:17 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21370 at http://kvpr.org Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach Prisons Deal California Lawmakers Question Sterilizations in California Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-question-sterilizations-california-prisons <p>California lawmakers are raising questions about the unauthorized practice of sterilizing women in California prisons.</p><p>The federal receiver for health care in state prisons says doctors were directed to include post-partum procedures that prevented future pregnancy in inmates until 2010, even though the practice was against the state’s own regulations.</p><p>Republican State Senator Joel Anderson pushed for Tuesday’s hearing at the Capitol.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:55:10 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 19988 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Question Sterilizations in California Prisons Advocates for Hunger Striking Prisoners Petition Governor Jerry Brown http://kvpr.org/post/advocates-hunger-striking-prisoners-petition-governor-jerry-brown <p class="p1">Supporters of California prisoners on a weeks-long hunger strike against the prison system’s gang isolation program are urging Governor Jerry Brown to end practices they say are inhumane. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p3">Dozens of family members and supporters of the hunger strikers delivered more than 60,000 signatures to the Capitol. They’re calling for a halt to harsh conditions in the Security Housing Units, or SHU’s. Ronald Ahnen is a Politics Professor at St. Mary’s and member of California Prison Focus.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:29:59 +0000 Max Pringle 19280 at http://kvpr.org Advocates for Hunger Striking Prisoners Petition Governor Jerry Brown Federal Judges to Governor Brown: Stop Delaying Prisoner Release http://kvpr.org/post/federal-judges-governor-brown-stop-delaying-prisoner-release <p class="p1">A federal three-judge panel is reiterating its order to California Governor Jerry Brown to reduce prison overcrowding. Today’s ruling even removes any state and local laws that might get in the way. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p2">The judges have ordered California to immediately expand its good time credit program, which allows inmates to get out of prison early.&nbsp; The judges also waived any state or local laws preventing the release of prisoners.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:41:03 +0000 Katie Orr 17126 at http://kvpr.org Federal Judges to Governor Brown: Stop Delaying Prisoner Release California Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/california-fire-camps-key-reducing-prison-overcrowding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reducing overcrowding at California prisons is not easy. Generally, inmates must either be released or given more space, which is expensive. But there is a third option. Inmates can be sent to fire camps.&nbsp; That's a cornerstone of Governor Jerry Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding in response to a federal court order.&nbsp; State Government Reporter Katie Orr takes a closer look at what these camps entail. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 01:07:39 +0000 Katie Orr 15507 at http://kvpr.org California Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/steinberg-addressing-mental-health-can-reduce-prison-overcrowding <p>The top Democrat in the California Senate is calling for more crisis access to mental health services to help reduce the state’s overcrowded prisons.&nbsp;</p><p>But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the proposals likely wouldn’t satisfy a federal court order to reduce the state’s prison population.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 01:19:48 +0000 Ben Adler 14781 at http://kvpr.org Steinberg: Addressing Mental Health Can Reduce Prison Overcrowding New California Prison Plan 'Best of the Bad Options' http://kvpr.org/post/new-california-prison-plan-best-bad-options <p>“The best of the bad options”. That’s how the Department of Corrections is characterizing its plan to reduce prison overcrowding in California. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>More inmates will be sent to lower security fire camps, some elderly and sick prisoners will be paroled early, additional beds will be leased from county jails. Those are among the measures California is proposing to further reduce prison overcrowding.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 19:56:18 +0000 Katie Orr 14591 at http://kvpr.org New California Prison Plan 'Best of the Bad Options' With Competing Political and Legal Pressures, Brown Defends Prison Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/competing-political-and-legal-pressures-brown-defends-prison-realignment <p></p><p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown is taking hits both inside and outside the State Capitol as he faces a stinging federal court order to reduce California’s prison population - and impassioned calls to expand it.&nbsp; Katie Orr has more from Sacramento on the events Tuesday that show the competing political and legal pressures surrounding the governor.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:30:09 +0000 Katie Orr 14106 at http://kvpr.org With Competing Political and Legal Pressures, Brown Defends Prison Realignment What's Next for Governor Brown After Prison Court Ruling? http://kvpr.org/post/whats-next-governor-brown-after-prison-court-ruling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California faces sanctions, fines and possible jail time for Governor Jerry Brown if the state continues to defy a federal court order to reduce its prison population.&nbsp;&nbsp; That harsh ruling from a three-judge panel came last week in response to the governor’s motion to vacate a prison population cap those judges imposed seven years ago – when they found that overcrowding was the main reason inmates suffered and died from a lack of healthcare.&nbsp; Now, they say overcrowding is still a problem. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:33:26 +0000 Julie Small - KPCC 13645 at http://kvpr.org What's Next for Governor Brown After Prison Court Ruling? Court Rejects Brown's Motion to Reduce Calif. Prison Population http://kvpr.org/post/court-rejects-browns-motion-reduce-calif-prison-population <p>In a scathing ruling, a federal three-judge panel has rejected Governor Jerry Brown’s request that it lift a court order placing a cap on California’s prison population.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court has told the state it must reduce its prison population to 137 percent of design capacity.&nbsp; The state got most of the way there.&nbsp; And in January, Governor Brown filed a motion asking the court to essentially say, that’s good enough.&nbsp; The answer from the court is a very clear “no.”</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:45:41 +0000 Ben Adler 13488 at http://kvpr.org Court Rejects Brown's Motion to Reduce Calif. Prison Population Brown's Bid to Regain Control of Mental Health Care in California Prisons Rejected http://kvpr.org/post/browns-bid-regain-control-mental-health-care-california-prisons-rejected <p>A federal judge has rejected California’s push to retake control of prison inmates’ mental health care.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, it’s a major setback for Governor Jerry Brown.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:50:13 +0000 Ben Adler 13202 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Bid to Regain Control of Mental Health Care in California Prisons Rejected In Sacramento, Justice Kennedy Criticizes California Prison Spending http://kvpr.org/post/sacramento-justice-kennedy-criticizes-california-prison-spending <p></p><p>He’s not only from California.&nbsp; Justice Anthony Kennedy’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings – past and future – are felt in California.&nbsp; He wrote the ruling in a case involving the state’s overcrowded prisons, and many observers feel the fate of Proposition 8 is in his hands.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:09:56 +0000 Ben Adler 11879 at http://kvpr.org In Sacramento, Justice Kennedy Criticizes California Prison Spending One Year In, Too Soon to Evaluate Prison Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/one-year-too-soon-evaluate-prison-realignment <p></p><p>It’s been one year since Governor Jerry Brown shifted responsibility for low-level offenders in California from the state to counties.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, experts say it’s too soon to truly assess the impact of the governor’s “realignment” program.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 01:49:32 +0000 Ben Adler 5150 at http://kvpr.org One Year In, Too Soon to Evaluate Prison Realignment