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Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in California. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

  • We pay inmates $3 a day to fight California wildfires
    I recently heard a story told by the actor/activist Harry Belafonte about meeting with Martin Luther King back in the ’60s, shortly after the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were signed. King was not in a celebratory mood, said Belafonte, and seemed to be rethinking his stance on racial integration. They were both contemplating the question asked by James Baldwin from The Fire Next Time: What if we just helped integrate black people into a burning house? Belafonte said King thought long on this before responding, “I guess we’ll just have to be firefighters.”...[more]

  • Holder attends 'graduation' at sentencing program
    LOS ANGELES — Six men and women who faced federal prison time for felonies walked free from court Friday with graduation certificates and the personal praise of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder congratulated graduates of a novel alternative sentencing program that he said was a model for helping criminals rebuild their lives while also keeping the public safe from felons who repeat their crimes after being released from prison...[more]

  • County Celebrates Water-Saving Landscaping, Composting Project By Jail Inmates
    Inmates dressed in prison stripes mixed with Santa Clara County officials Friday at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas where the Sheriff's Office unveiled water-saving landscaping projects created by teams of male and female convicts.

    The minimum-security inmates were taking part in the county's Sustainability in Jails Project to recycle water, install mulch, drought-resistant plants and drip irrigation systems and convert the jail's food and other waste into compost, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said. ...[more]


  • Family planning behind bars is a good idea ; Department of Corrections provided a service to women.
    CULTURE It's been a stormy couple of years for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. All of our pending executions have been put on ice, the courts have demanded that we slash our inmate population due to prison over- ......[more]

  • Medical Care in County Jail System is No Small Task
    ...the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Medical Services Bureau bears the hefty burden of administering health care to one of the most demanding populations of patients. ...[more]

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

No recent news for California in this category.

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Suicides in Prison

  • Kidnap-murder suspect commits suicide in San Bernardino County detention center
    The Riverside Press-Enterprise says a cellmate discovered 18-year-old Richard Gonzalez hanging from a bedsheet in his cell Wednesday night at a detention center in Rancho Cucamonga — one day before his scheduled court hearing. He was pronounced dead at a hospital....[more]

  • California prison officials investigating inmate's death amid hunger strike as suicide by hanging
    CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - California prison officials are investigating a death of an inmate as an apparent suicide by hanging that they say had no connection to a system-wide hunger strike....[more]

  • UPDATED: Inmate dies in hanging at Shasta County jail
    A 28-year-old Shasta County jail inmate died today after he hanged himself in his cell, Redding police said.

    As the press release states, "On 2-19-13 at approximately 2300 hours an inmate at the Shasta County Jail was found deceased inside his cell. Redding Police Investigators and Shasta County Sheriff’s Detectives were called to the scene and conducted an investigation. It appeared the inmate’s death was a result of a suicide. The inmate had hung himself while inside his cell. His name is being withheld pending notification of family. No other information is available at this time."...[more]


  • Suicide surpasses executions as cause of death on state's death row
    Suicides have now replaced executions as the second leading cause of death on California's death row...[more]

  • New efforts help drop alarming inmate suicide rate in Calif. prison
    Every 30 minutes, day and night, guards walk the tiers of the isolation unit at California State Prison, Sacramento, checking inmates to make sure they don...[more]

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