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  • There is no justice in prisons' race-based punishment

    The incident in 2006 was in some ways typical: A group of inmates at High Desert State Prison near Susanville attacked two corrections officers, and prison officials responded with a race-based lockdown, keeping African American prisoners confined to...
  • Court sends a message in sentencing ex-L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon

    Court sends a message in sentencing ex-L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon
    A Superior Court judge sentenced former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 120 days in County Jail on Tuesday, sending a signal to politicians that the court does not take residency laws lightly. Alarcon is the ninth politician to be...
  • Wal-Mart offers checking account aimed at the 'unbanked'

    Wal-Mart offers checking account aimed at the 'unbanked'
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., long in the business of selling discount goods to low-income customers, is offering a new service — checking accounts targeted at those who don't use traditional bank accounts. The service, called GoBank, is being rolled out...
  • FCC right to scrutinize fees for prison phone

    FCC right to scrutinize fees for prison phone
    One out of 28 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison or jail, a rate so astonishing, and growing, that "Sesame Street" felt the need to add a fuzzy little blue-haired character, Alex, to talk about his locked-up dad. Keeping the Alexes of the...
  • Murder suspect remains at large after mistaken release from jail

    Murder suspect remains at large after mistaken release from jail
    Jacqueline Davis thought the man charged with killing her son was securely behind bars, awaiting a retrial. She was shocked when she heard Sunday that he had been seen in her neighborhood, riding in a white Buick and flashing his release papers. Davis...
  • Mistakenly freed murder suspect captured in Baltimore

    Mistakenly freed murder suspect captured in Baltimore
    A fugitive who was mistakenly released from a state detention center in Baltimore last week while awaiting trial for murder was caught Thursday, police said. Rodriquez Purnell, 30, was arrested about 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Belmont Ave., less than...
  • California will end race-based punishment in state prisons

    When a group of prisoners attacked two guards at California's High Desert State Prison in 2006, the warden declared a full lockdown that confined African Americans in one wing of the prison to their cells, and kept them there for 14 months. No outdoor...
  • Officials Hope New Cold Case Playing Cards Generate Tips In Unsolved Crimes

    Officials Hope New Cold Case Playing Cards Generate Tips In Unsolved Crimes
    HARTFORD — Playing cards that feature the photos of victims in crimes that have gone cold are being distributed to inmates in the state prisons with the hope they'll generate tips that will help investigators solve some of the case. It's the third...
  • California prisons to end race-based policy for inmate violence

    A federal judge is expected to sign off on a decision by California corrections officials to give up its unique use of race-based punishment as a tool to control violence in its crowded prisons.  The decision comes out of a settlement between state...
  • Brown's fiscal fallacies

    Brown's fiscal fallacies
    After complaining about his Democratic opponent's repeated and disingenuous attacks on his plans to trim the state budget, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is engaging in exactly the same sort of cynical campaigning with his claims that Lt....
  • California prisons agree to end race-based lockdowns

    In settling a federal civil rights suit, California prisons agreed Wednesday to no longer base lockdowns on inmates' race or ethnicity. The suit, filed in 2008 on behalf of male prisoners, alleged that the California Department of Corrections and...