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    March 18, 2014

    Report: Private Prisons Incarcerate More Blacks, Latinos By Design

    A new report confirmed what many of us already know: Blacks and Latinos are jailed at rates far exceeding that of whites, a fact that, sadly, doesn't come as a surprise. But this is California where we have roughly 11,000 inmates housed in private prisons. And it turns out racial disparities are pr ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013
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    July 29, 2013

    Suicide or Death By Hunger Strike? Dispute Over Calif. Prison Inmate Death.

    Today is Day 22 of the largest mass hunger strike in California state prison history, called in protest of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's notorious solitary confinement practices. While 32,000 prisoners were refusing meals when the strike began July 8, fewer than 600 o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Gov. Brown Won't Let Reporters Have Easy Access to Prison Inmates

    Assembly Bill 1270, passed by both chambers of the state legislature, would have allowed journalists to set up interviews with specific inmates in state prisons. Eight times over the past two decades a similar bill had passed through to the governor's desk, and all eight times it was vetoed.The stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    New Bill to Allow Reporters to Interview Prisoners

    Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Public Safety passed a bill allowing journalists greater access to California's prison inmates. For the last 16 years, media representatives have been unable to interview specific inmates, instead being allowed to conduct random interviews with prisoners while walk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Female Prison Guards Can't Sue Over Masturbating Inmates

    ​There's some jobs that, as a woman, you just wouldn't want, and being a prison guard is one of them. Here's why:A group of female guards have been denied the right to sue the state of California over thousands of instances where male inmates have exposed themselves, ejaculated, and much, much mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Convicted Murderer Goes on Hunger Strike, Dies

    That's really small ​A California convicted murderer died in prison earlier this month after staging a hunger strike to protest the way he and his fellow inmates are treated while living in solitary confinement. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 27-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Advocates Link Inmate Suicides to Recent Hunger Strike

    Inmate suicides ​Advocates for prisoners involved in the recent hunger strikes are linking three inmate suicides to the unsavory prison conditions that prisoners had been protesting when they refused to eat state-issued meals for several weeks. The group, Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity, says John ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Report: Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests Skyrocketing in California

    Doubling Up​It's a fine time to be a criminal in California. Arrests in every category of crime are down -- way down: Arrests for rape, murder, and theft have all decreased by two-thirds since 1990, according to a study published last week by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Every cri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Law Enforcement to Round Up Homeless Sex Offenders Tonight

    Homeless Sex Offenders: smart on crime? ​California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced trick-or-treaters will be safer since cops will keep homeless sex offender parolees indoors tonight in San Francisco. That announcement comes even while Harris' office is defending Jessica's Law -- the bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Homeless Sex Offenders in San Francisco Move Indoors

    Sex offenders are moving inside.While all homeless sex offenders in San Francisco will have to report to round-up centers on Halloween, there will likely be fewer transients who need to check in this year.​In the last six months, San Francisco's public defender has quietly won temporary stays on J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    California Inmates Are Eating Again

    Well that explains the strike ​The three-week hunger strike at prisons across the state has officially ended, with all inmates eating meals as of Tuesday. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the inmates were satisfied with the CDCR's plan to substantially revi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Pelican Bay Inmates End Hunger Strike; Prisoners at Other Jails Still Refuse to Eat

    Would you like extra cheese on those burgers?​After nearly three weeks of refusing food, inmates at Pelican Bay have ended their hunger strike, however, inmates at Calipatria and Salinas Valley prisons are reportedly still on strike. Both the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity and officials with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Hunger Strike: Federal Receiver Denies Inmates Are Collapsing in Cells

    Starved for change​As the prison hunger strike enters its third week, California inmates have reportedly collapsed in their cells from deteriorating health conditions, however prison officials are denying that.The number of inmates striking has been dropping steadily. Two weeks ago more than 12,00 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    State Launches Investigation of Bay Area Lawyers Involved in Hunger Strike Negotiations

    ​The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has barred two Bay Area attorneys from entering Pelican Bay State Prison as a hunger strike drags on at the facility, asserting that it is investigating them for alleged illegal activity that compromised prison security.The attorneys are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Pelican Bay Hunger Strike: Lawyers Turn to Gov. Jerry Brown for Help

    You won't get Starbucks in solitary confinement ​Yesterday marked the first official day of the hunger strike taking place at eight prisons across the state, with as many as 4,000 inmates refusing state-issued meals. In response, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Grows; State Threatens Disciplinary Action

    ​The hunger strike at California prisons has grown to include roughly 6,000 inmates, less than 24 hours after prisoners started refusing state-issued meals. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would not confirm how many inmates have joined the effort, but said they will hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Resumes

    Inmates go on hunger strike ... and not because prison food sucks​Inmates at Pelican Bay state prison are renewing their hunger strike after a short hiatus of eating prison food to protest the "inhumane" conditions, especially when it comes to solitary confinement. According to the hunger strikers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    California Asks Facebook to Close Down Prisoners' Accounts

    Would you be his Facebook friend?​Prison is just that place where you have tons of time to kill (no pun intended) and not that many friends. So it makes sense that inmates in California prisons are finding creative ways to access Facebook and other social-networking sites. However, the state has c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Pelican Bay Inmates on Hunger Strike Are Growing Weak and Sick, Activists Say

    ​The health conditions of inmates who are striking to protest conditions in the California state prison system's maximum-security units have "deteriorated to critical levels," and some prisoners could start to die if immediate action isn't taken, activists say.The strike began two weeks ago at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    California Death Sentences at 33-Year Low

    ​Fewer death sentences were handed down by California courts during the first half of 2011 than during any six-month period since 1978, according to a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.Just three defendants were sentenced to death from January to June of this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Pelican Bay Prison Hunger Strike Spreads: State Says 'Hundreds' of Inmates Now Involved

    Pelican Bay State Prison​A hunger strike that began Friday in a high-security unit of the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison has spread to one-third of California's state prisons and now involves hundreds of inmates, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.Departme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Few Deportable Inmates Are from San Francisco

    Mexicans top the list, but the Soviets aren't so far behind. ​Yesterday, we told you about California being a national leader when it comes to the number of criminal aliens incarcerated in our state prisons. It turns out that very few of those criminal aliens hail from San Francisco. Criminal alie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    New Questions Raised About State's Imported Lethal Injection Drugs

    ​Newly released documents raise questions about the quality of drugs imported from abroad by state corrections officials to carry out lethal injections, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.The documents, obtained by the ACLU through Freedom of Information Act (FO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Sex Offenders Forced Into Homelessness a Bad Idea, Task Force Says. Duh.

    The government thought good and hard about this...​A law enforcement task force has recommended the state do what common sense would have suggested a long time ago: Repeal the provision of Jessica's Law that banishes paroled sex offenders to homelessness. It's about time. We wrote about this perfe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Albert Greenwood Brown Execution: Court of Appeal Demands Judge Reconsider Delay

    California Department of CorrectionsAlbert Greenwood Brown, convicted rapist and murderer, may live to breathe another day​SF Weekly earlier reported that Albert Greenwood Brown's 9 p.m. Thursday execution would come just three hours before the expiration of one of the drugs that would kill him. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Sex Offenders Searching For One-Night Stands

    Case workers allege that sex offender Nicholas Chaykovsky, pictured in December, died because of Jessica's Law.​State corrections officials will now allow sex offenders living transient because of Jessica's Law sleep indoors -- as long as they don't establish a "pattern of residency." Now, playing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Corrections Department: Putting Parolee Program Next to School Was Only Option

    You see? There was a perfectly good reason for placing a parolee help center a stone's throw from a grade school -- which means sex offenders are legally barred from entering. ​State corrections officials say they had no choice but to award a contract to aid paroled sex offenders to a non-profit t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Contract To Help Sex Offenders Awarded To Non-Profit They're Forbidden to Enter

    Paroled sex offenders are now being told they are no longer welcome at the city site specifically designated to service them​Paroled sex offenders forced into homelessness in San Francisco by Jessica's Law used to have at least one place they could call "home": the day-reporting center for parolee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Getting Real About Prison Education Cuts

    School's out -- forever? ​California has the highest inmate recidivism rate in the country: 70 percent. Now, as a result of a $250 million budget cut in prison education programs, the state is gearing up to liquidate programs, slash in-class hours, fire more than 800 of the state's 1,200 prison te ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    State Supreme Court To Homeless Sex Offenders: Tough Luck, For Now

    Same old, same old...​The California Supreme Court dealt a smackdown to the state's sex offenders today, ruling it is constitutional to enforce the residency restrictions of Jessica's Law on sex offenders released on parole. The law passed by voters in November 2006 states sex offenders can't have ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2009

    Perverting Justice

    Jessica's Law prevents paroled sex offenders from residing near schools or parks. That means they can only live one place in S.F.: on the streets.

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    September 23, 2009
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    September 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Prison Legal News Suing San Francisco, Sheriff's Department, and City Attorney Over Unanswered Public Records Request

    So much for the Sunshine Ordinance...​ The public records request was not very complicated. Prison Legal News (PLN), a Seattle-based nonprofit and monthly journal, wanted to review all the litigation filed against the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, including settlements and verdicts ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 19, 2008
  • News

    August 16, 2006

    Cell Phoney

    Making phone calls from jail, Harley Mike allegedly helped three prisoners escape and conned parole agents, sheriff's deputies, and judges.

  • News

    April 2, 2003

    San Quentin Blues

    The prison guards' union angrily ripped the rug from under the governor in February

  • News

    September 26, 2001

    Alien Culture

    Terrestrial tragedy has an entirely different context at the UFO Expo

  • News

    July 19, 2000

    Girl Problems

    The juvenile justice system is ignoring delinquent girls -- and creating a social time bomb

  • News

    February 3, 1999

    Dead Man Not Praying

    The state wants to deny religious counsel immediately before executions. But why?

  • Calendar

    January 27, 1999
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    August 6, 1997
  • News

    April 23, 1997

    Fewer Pen Pals

    As more prisons move to ban skin mags, California prisoners' rights lawyers turn a deaf ear to inmates' howls

  • Calendar

    December 18, 1996
  • Calendar

    November 27, 1996
  • News

    September 4, 1996
  • News

    February 7, 1996

    Jail Date

    Wives of San Quentin inmates protest politicians' efforts to restrict the Family Visitation program

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