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  • Judge grants class action status to inmates' solitary confinement case

    Judge grants class action status to inmates' solitary confinement case
    A federal judge in Oakland has granted inmates in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison class action status in their claims of unconstitutional treatment. The inmates allege physical and psychological abuse when California puts inmates in...
  • Is it OK for guards to scald an inmate to death?

    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...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown's prison reforms haven't lived up to his billing

    Gov. Jerry Brown's prison reforms haven't lived up to his billing
    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...
  • Is prison realignment worth the cost?

    Is prison realignment worth the cost?
    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....
  • 'Capturing the Friedmans' Subject Seeks to Overturn 1988 Conviction

    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...
  • Jackson Jr. gets time off projected prison term, pays $550,000

    Jackson Jr. gets time off projected prison term, pays $550,000
    WASHINGTON -- Imprisoned former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s projected release date is now Sept. 20, 2015, more than three months earlier than listed previously, federal officials confirmed Monday. In another development, Jackson has paid the $550,000...
  • Jurors in Bryan Stow civil case hear little from attackers

    Jurors in Bryan Stow civil case hear little from attackers
    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...
  • Oklahoma death row inmates sue over 'unsound' execution practices

    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.” ...
  • Gov. taps new OIG, elections chief, hires House member

    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-...
  • Prosecutors: Road rage led to March shooting

    Prosecutors: Road rage led to March shooting
    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...
  • Michael Millman, champion of legal aid for the condemned, dies at 74

    Michael Millman, champion of legal aid for the condemned, dies at 74
    Michael George Millman, who devoted his life to improving legal services for prisoners facing execution, died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at his Oakland home. He was 74. Executive director of the San Francisco-based California Appellate Project for 30...