prison http://kvpr.org en Audit Finds That California Prisoners Were Illegally Sterilized http://kvpr.org/post/audit-finds-california-prisoners-were-illegally-sterilized <p>A California State Audit has found that dozens of women in state prisons were sterilized illegally. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone says prison medical officials are faulted for not following consent laws. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 21.0px; font: 14.0px Arial; min-height: 16.0px">Lawmakers called for the audit after coverage from the Center for Investigative Reporting last year. The Center found more than 100 incarcerated women had tubal ligations without proper approvals since 2006.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:13:21 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34552 at http://kvpr.org Audit Finds That California Prisoners Were Illegally Sterilized Brown Praises Counties' Creativity In Implementing Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/brown-praises-counties-creativity-implementing-realignment <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Governor Jerry Brown is praising counties and law enforcement agencies for their work implementing his landmark criminal justice system overhaul known as “realignment.” &nbsp;But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the law enforcement groups are lobbying the governor for a significant change to the program.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking to a law enforcement convention in Sacramento, the governor praised counties’ creativity under realignment in the two and a half years since it took effect. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:08:17 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 30647 at http://kvpr.org Brown Praises Counties' Creativity In Implementing Realignment California Begins Sending Inmates to Private Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/california-begins-sending-inmates-private-prisons <p>California is beginning to transfer inmates out of its state prisons. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the transfers are part of a court-mandated plan to reduce overcrowding in state prisons</p><p>California is sending 2,100 inmates to three private prisons within the state. James Black is with the GEO group, which operates the facilities. He says GEO’s prisons must meet the same standards the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation must meet.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:39:58 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23653 at http://kvpr.org California Begins Sending Inmates to Private Prisons Do California's Security Housing Units Reduce Prison Violence? http://kvpr.org/post/do-californias-security-housing-units-reduce-prison-violence <p>California&rsquo;s prison system uses Security Housing Units, or SHUs, as a way to isolate alleged gang members from the general inmate population. But gangs remain a problem in prisons and the outcry over using solitary confinement for long periods of time is growing. Now some lawmakers are asking whether the SHUs are working.</p><p>Steven Czifra spent four years locked up in a Security Housing Unit. Isolated from other inmates, alone in his cell for 22 &frac12; hours a day, he said there wasn&rsquo;t much too do.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23110 at http://kvpr.org Do California's Security Housing Units Reduce Prison Violence? At Pelican Bay, A Look Inside California's Security Housing Units http://kvpr.org/post/pelican-bay-look-inside-californias-security-housing-units <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine spending 22 hours a day locked in a small, concrete room. That&rsquo;s daily life for about four-thousand California prisons inmates. On a recent media tour, journalists got glimpse of that life on a visit to the Security Housing Units at Pelican Bay State Prison.</span></p><p>Nearly 1,200 men are housed in the complex of low, concrete buildings. To get to them you have to go pass through a series of heavy gates and doors.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:16:44 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23109 at http://kvpr.org At Pelican Bay, A Look Inside California's Security Housing Units Lawmakers Take Closer Look at State Prison SHUs http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-take-closer-look-state-prison-shus <p class="p1">Members of the California legislature are focusing their attention on Security Housing Units within state prisons. Katie Orr has details on a hearing held today in Sacramento.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 02:26:25 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 22803 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers Take Closer Look at State Prison SHUs Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Prison Plan http://kvpr.org/post/legislature-overwhelmingly-approves-prison-plan <p class="p1">The California Legislature has overwhelmingly&nbsp;approved a deal between the Governor and leaders of the Senate and Assembly to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. California has been ordered by a federal three-judge-panel to either release or find&nbsp;additional&nbsp;space for more than nine thousand inmates by the end of December.</p><p class="p1">Under the deal,&nbsp;California will ask the panel for an extension on the December deadline. Any savings would be put toward programs to keep people out of jail.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:30:45 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 21435 at http://kvpr.org Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Prison Plan Prisons Battle Heats Up at California Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/prisons-battle-heats-california-capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Senate Democrats have approved their own plan to deal with the federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding.&nbsp; They pushed their proposal through the Senate Budget Committee today over the objections of Republicans and Governor Jerry Brown.</span></p><p>Corrections Secretary Jeff Beard lobbied strongly for Brown’s plan, known as Senate Bill 105.&nbsp; It would increase capacity by contracting out beds from county, private and out-of-state facilities.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:18:59 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21082 at http://kvpr.org Prisons Battle Heats Up at California Capitol Brown Releases Plan to Ease Prison Overcrowding http://kvpr.org/post/brown-releases-plan-ease-prison-overcrowding <p class="p1">Thousands of California inmates may be transferred to other facilities in an effort to ease prison overcrowding. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the plan comes after multiple federal court orders.</p><p class="p3">To be clear, Governor Jerry Brown doesn’t think California needs to do any more to ease prison overcrowding. He notes the inmate population has dropped by 45,000 since 2006.&nbsp; But multiple federal judges were not convinced and repeatedly ordered the state to further reduce overcrowding. That could happen by releasing inmates or finding more space.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:57:56 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio News 20684 at http://kvpr.org Brown Releases Plan to Ease Prison Overcrowding Prison Hunger Strike Supporters Take Fight to Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/prison-hunger-strike-supporters-take-fight-capitol <p class="p1">As an inmate hunger strike in California stretches on, prison reform advocates want the rest of us to know what it’s like inside a SHU. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:17:40 +0000 Katie Orr 20052 at http://kvpr.org Prison Hunger Strike Supporters Take Fight to Capitol U.S. Supreme Court Won't Delay Release of Thousands of California Inmates http://kvpr.org/post/us-supreme-court-wont-delay-release-thousands-california-inmates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to delay the release of thousands of inmates from California’s prisons. In a decision announced today the Justices denied a stay requested by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is fighting a ruling from a federal three-judge-panel that orders California to reduce its prison population by about 10-thousand inmates by the end of the year. Three Justices voted to grant the stay.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:17:16 +0000 Katie Orr 19395 at http://kvpr.org U.S. Supreme Court Won't Delay Release of Thousands of California Inmates State Attempts to Track Effect of Realignment http://kvpr.org/post/state-attempts-track-effect-realignment <p class="p1">A state board agreed this week to partner with the Public Policy Institute of California to examine the effects of a change to the state’s criminal justice policy called realignment.</p><p class="p1">California’s two-year old law downgraded certain crimes to jail-only offenses, diverting tens of thousands of lower-level felons from serving time in state prisons.&nbsp;It also put counties in charge of supervising lower level felons once they’re released from prison and parole violators.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:40:10 +0000 Julie Small 18839 at http://kvpr.org California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds http://kvpr.org/post/california-prison-hunger-strike-continues-state-responds <p>The number of California prison inmates on a hunger strike has dramatically dropped.&nbsp; But 12,000 inmates still refused to eat for a fourth consecutive day Thursday to protest the common use of long-term isolation.&nbsp; As KPCC’s Julie Small reports, that’s triggering an aggressive state response.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:04:10 +0000 Joe Moore 18252 at http://kvpr.org California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds Prison Medical Facility Opens in Stockton http://kvpr.org/post/prison-medical-facility-opens-stockton <p>California prison officials opened a new medical facility in Stockton today designed to improve treatment for 1,700 of the state’s sickest inmates.&nbsp; The opening of the 200-acre facility will also ease crowding in prisons — something that could appease a federal court that has ordered California to reduce the inmate population to ensure they receive basic healthcare.&nbsp; KPCC’s&nbsp; Julie Small reports.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:37:56 +0000 Julie Small - KPCC 17352 at http://kvpr.org Prison Medical Facility Opens in Stockton Federal Judge: Move Inmates At Risk Of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/federal-judge-move-inmates-risk-valley-fever <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All inmates at risk of developing a serious form of valley fever must be removed from two Central California state prisons within the next 90 days. That’s what a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday, upholding a directive from the federal official in charge of prison health care. The ruling comes over the objections of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which balked at the complexity of the policy. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:56:20 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 17293 at http://kvpr.org Federal Judge: Move Inmates At Risk Of Valley Fever New Study Gives Snapshot of Realignment Results http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-gives-snapshot-realignment-results <p>The California Corrections and Rehabilitation Department offered a glimpse today of how realignment is working. The program diverts low-level offenders to county jails in an effort to reduce state prison overcrowding.</p><p>A study done by the department compares inmates released pre- and post- realignment. It found post-realignment offenders were re-arrested at a lower rate than pre-realignment offenders. Both groups were convicted of new crimes at nearly the same rate. The department’s Jeffrey Callison stresses this is just a snapshot. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 00:34:20 +0000 Katie Orr 15277 at http://kvpr.org New Study Gives Snapshot of Realignment Results State Raises Questions About Moving Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/state-raises-questions-about-moving-inmates-risk-valley-fever-1 <p></p><p>In a motion filed in U.S. District Court yesterday, the state Attorney General raised questions about the federal order to exclude inmates especially vulnerable to valley fever from two Central Valley prisons.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:39:30 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14734 at http://kvpr.org State Raises Questions About Moving Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever Prison Health Advocates Call For More Steps to Stop Valley Fever Outbreak http://kvpr.org/post/prison-health-advocates-call-more-steps-stop-valley-fever-outbreak <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday afternoon, the federal receiver in charge of health care in California’s prisons ordered the state prison to remove inmates from two Central Valley prisons who are especially at risk of contracting valley fever.&nbsp; A day later, the state and experts are digesting that directive. Valley Public Radio's Rebecca </span>Plevin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, as part of the Reporting on Health Collaborative’s investigation into the disease.</span></p><p>----</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 01:44:04 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14430 at http://kvpr.org Prison Health Advocates Call For More Steps to Stop Valley Fever Outbreak Is More Parole The Answer For Overcrowding in California Prisons? http://kvpr.org/post/more-parole-answer-overcrowding-california-prisons <p></p><p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown has until Thursday to release a plan for reducing prison overcrowding in California. Releasing more inmates may not be popular, but one law professor says it could be the way to go. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p3">About 30,000 inmates are serving life sentences in California prisons. Of those inmates, about 9,000 are currently eligible for parole.&nbsp; UCLA Law Professor Sharon Dolovich&nbsp; says if the state is looking to reduce its prison population, that might be a good place to start.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 00:01:17 +0000 Katie Orr 14428 at http://kvpr.org Is More Parole The Answer For Overcrowding in California Prisons? Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever To Be Moved From Two Valley Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/inmates-risk-valley-fever-be-moved-two-valley-prisons-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal receiver in charge of health care in California’s prisons is ordering the state to remove inmates from two Central Valley prisons who are especially at risk of contracting the fungal disease known as valley fever. The move affects about 40 percent of the inmate population at </span>Avenal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Pleasant Valley State Prisons.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Those affected include African Americans, Filipinos, inmates who are HIV positive, have compromised immune systems, or are pregnant or elderly.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:59:22 +0000 Joe Moore 14394 at http://kvpr.org Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever To Be Moved From Two Valley Prisons