| Jan 6, 2014
| 4:09 PM
Dora B. Schriro, a respected lawyer who has spent most of her career running prisons in New York City, Arizona and Missouri and who has never served as a police officer, was named Monday as state police commissioner.
Schriro was the only candidate...
| Jan 19, 2014
As she marks her 32nd birthday Sunday, Nicole Harris is navigating job interviews and graduate school applications. She's discovering just how delicate the relationship between a mother and her teenage son can be. She is constantly on the hunt for a...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 1:54 PM
SACRAMENTO -- A proposal to use money from the state’s cap-and-trade system of pollution credits to help fund the proposed high-speed rail system “is going to be one of the central issues in the budget,” Senate President Pro Tem...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 10:29 PM
SACRAMENTO — When he unveils his new budget plan Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown will propose billions of dollars in new spending on schools, healthcare, social services and environmental programs as California reaps the benefits of an economic...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 5:23 PM
SACRAMENTO — Tighter gun controls, new rights for immigrants and a measure increasing access to abortion are among many hundreds of California laws that take effect with the new year.
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature also restricted the...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 7:54 PM
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's surprise retirement announcement Tuesday upended the election campaign to lead the nation's largest sheriff's department and added new complexities to reform efforts after a series of scandals and an ongoing federal...
| Jan 14, 2014
Re "Population of prisons to increase," Jan. 10
I am not surprised that news of California's exploding prison population came only days after a report from the Los Angeles 2020 Commission found that, as The Times wrote, "Los Angeles is a city in...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 3:51 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Facing allegations that California keeps convicted murderers and others serving life-with-parole terms in prison an excessive time, the state has agreed to set initial minimum sentences for those inmates.
The deal is part of a settlement...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:07 PM
A federal appeals court has ruled that a convicted murderer in Massachusetts can get a gender-reassignment surgery while in prison.
In 1990, Michelle Kosilek -- who was born physically male, and who at that point still identified as Robert -- murdered...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:55 PM
SACRAMENTO — After declining for six years, California's prison population is expected to grow by 10,000 inmates in the next five years, complicating Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to abide by a court order to reduce overcrowding.
| Jan 14, 2014
| 1:19 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- With crime at a 41-year low, Florida lawmakers were puzzled: why was the nation's third-largest prison system getting bigger?
Senate Democrats on Tuesday used a projected 5,000-inmate spike in the state's prison population to argue in a...