Posts Tagged ‘prisons’

Early release from CA prisons now a flood

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Spurred by a series of court decisions ruling the state's prison crowding unconstitutional, Gov. Jerry Brown's ongoing "realignment" effort sought to make adequate room for the state's worst convicts by diverting lesser criminals to county jails. There, however, the changes have caused a sn...

Supreme Court sticks Brown with county jails

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

States' rights won't save Gov. Jerry Brown from getting involved in California's county jails. Despite a forceful argument that federalism relieved the state of the added responsibilities, the U.S. Supreme Court persisted in making life more difficult for Brown. The justices refused to reconsi...

Prison litigation brings no relief for taxpayers

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
prisons, wolverton, cagle, April 29, 2014

A panel of three federal judges recently granted California two additional years to bring the state's prison system into compliance with legally mandated limits on incarceration numbers. Explained the San Jose Mercury News, "At the same time, the judges set strict guidelines for how the state...

CA prison reform battle

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Calfiornia prisons, cagle, wolverton


CA auditor demolishes Jerry-Brown-saved-state narrative

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The eagnerness of national media to lionize Gov. Jerry Brown as the guy who saved California amounts to an extreme form of cherry-picking. In some ways, Brown has done a better job than his two immediate predecessors in forcing some discipline on the Legislature. But in the big picture, is state gov...

Gorell: CA prisoners live better than deployed military

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

On the Assembly floor today during debate of a prison bill, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, put the contentious and often ridiculous situation into perspective. "Until our prison conditions rival those of our forward deployed military, I will not be sympathetic to prisoners," Gorell said. ...

$1.2 billion in new jails still haven’t been built

Friday, August 30th, 2013

  What incompetents. To ease overcrowding, in 2007 the Legislature authorized $1.2 billion for local jails to expand. That was before both the Great Recession hit. Before a federal judge ordered the state to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. And before Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislatur...

Greenhut on chickens and inmates

Friday, July 26th, 2013
prison - california department of corrections photo

Steven Greenhut, the founder of, has begun his new column with the UT San Diego. It will be appearing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Bookmark the location: He'll be writing from Sacramento on state policy. His first column is ...

CA gang runs MD prison

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

May 8, 2013 By John Seiler Who said California is running behind other states in creativity and innovation? The following story seems to come from The Onion. But it's from ABC News: "Four female correction officers were impregnated by the reported leader of a Maryland prison gang, which used a ne...

CA gun control laws would not make us safer

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

April 18, 2013 By Katy Grimes While the state of California has been letting thousands of criminals out of prison since 2009 under Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment law, California lawmakers are simultaneously proposing dozens of new gun control laws. Looked at separately, the two issues don’t ...