Jerry Brown Governor's Mansion (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Jerry Brown Wants to Release More Inmates Early

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a ballot initiative for November that would allow prison inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses to accumulate credits that would enable them to be eligible for early release.


California to Provide Sex Change Surgery for Inmates

California will soon provide taxpayer-funded genital altering “sex change” surgery for prison inmates, with a new policy coming out this week that includes standards to approve the estimated $100,000 procedure.

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Prop 47: California Has Lighter Sentences, More Crime

California’s Proposition 47 of 2014, The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, which changed some drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, has coincided with a rise in crime in parts of the state.

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Alcatraz Reunion Brings Back Guards, Prisoners

A unique reunion was held at Alcatraz on Sunday between former prison guards and former inmates to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the infamous federal penitentiary.


SF Public Defender Claims Inmates Forced to Fight

Five inmates in the San Francisco County Jail are alleging that sheriffs’ deputies forced them to fight each other for the deputies’ amusement, city public defender Jeff Adachi said Thursday.