| Jun 19, 2014
| 10:26 PM
At least 39 female inmates at California prisons underwent sterilizations in which the women's informed consent was in question, according to a state audit released Thursday.
The inquiry by the California state auditor found no evidence that doctors...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 7:49 PM
Citing a dramatic increase in jail suicides, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it was seeking court oversight of how the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department treats mentally ill inmates.
The move marks a significant expansion of...
| Jun 21, 2014
It sounds almost too barbaric to believe: A mentally ill inmate locked in a scalding hot shower by prison guards for more than an hour, the man's screams finally stopping when he died.
Monday marks the second anniversary of Darren Rainey's death at...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:39 PM
Under court pressure to improve psychiatric care for deeply disturbed death row inmates, state officials are moving quickly to open a 40-bed hospital at San Quentin prison to house them.
The court-appointed monitor of mental health care in California's...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 7:30 PM
Nearly 15 months after launching what he called the "boldest move in criminal justice in decades," Gov. Jerry Brown declared victory over a prison crisis that had appalled federal judges and stumped governors for two decades.
Diverting thousands of...
| Jun 24, 2014
To the editor: What a surprise: Shifting prison overcrowding problems to county jails didn't produce the savings that state officials had optimistically projected. But realignment did allow thousands of supposedly low-level offenders back on the streets....
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Jesse Friedman looked composed but slightly weary Tuesday morning as he sat in a rented mini-bus en route from Manhattan's Upper East Side to a press conference at the Nassau County Supreme Court, where he was about to begin the latest chapter in the...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 5:07 PM
After weeks of graphic testimony about the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, jurors in a civil lawsuit against the team finally heard directly from the perpetrators of the assault.
But they didn't hear very much.
In video of a...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A group of 21 Oklahoma death row prisoners has filed a lawsuit to prevent the state from using its "untested and unsound" execution procedures because “they create a substantial risk of severe pain, needless suffering and a lingering death.” ...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a number of significant appointments Friday afternoon, naming a new elections commissioner, a new port authority member, four new members on the board of corrections, making the acting inspector general permanent and re-...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 5:39 PM
An incident of road rage led to a shooting of a 30-year-old man as he sat in his car on the Near West Side in March that left the victim paralyzed, prosecutors said Saturday.
Edgar H. Gomez, 27, has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm in...