Author Archives: Chung Kao

Court Rules Parole Board Must Set Base Terms for Lifers Early On

By Chung Kao The state parole board must continue to set base terms at a life prisoner’s first hearing, a California appellate court ruled in a settlement July. The decision was in response to the board’s request earlier this year to be relieved of its obligations to do so because of changes in the state […]

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San Quentin’s Annual Health Fair Draws Its Usual Big Crowds

By Marcus Henderson Hundreds of prisoners formed long lines on San Quentin’s Lower Yard at the prison’s 13th Annual Health Fair on Aug. 19 to receive medical services and wellness information, ranging from blood pressure checks and chiropractic services to dental hygiene instructions. “Just because the men are locked up doesn’t mean they don’t have […]

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Calif. $15.6 Billion Budget for Criminal Justice Programs

By Chung Kao Staff Writer Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2016-17 budget proposes a total of $15.6 billion for judicial and criminal justice programs—an increase of $582 million, or 3.9 percent, over the estimated expenditures for year 2015-16. A report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) summarizes Brown’s proposed expenditures and makes recommendations to the Legislature about […]

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CDCR Releases New Blueprint With Budget Proposal

By Chung Kao Staff Writer CDCR officials unveiled an updated master plan to fix California’s overcrowded prison system. Significant improvements have been made, “but much work remains to be done,” concludes the 55-page report titled “An Update to the Future of California Corrections.” “Access to meaningful programs and services (is) important to an offender’s success […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Gives Juvenile Lifers a Chance for Parole

By Chung Kao Staff Writer Prisoners sentenced as juveniles to life without parole, even for homicide, may now petition courts for parole eligibility, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. “Allowing those offenders to be considered for parole ensures that juveniles whose crimes reflected only transient immaturity — and who have since matured — will not […]

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Court Denies Condemned Prisoners’ Right to Petition for Execution

By Chung Kao Staff Writer A federal appeals court has ruled that condemned California prisoners may not use petition for writ of habeas corpus in federal courts to challenge the systemic delay in their execution. In 2014 a federal District Court in California granted prisoner Ernest DeWayne Jones’s petition to set aside his death sentence. […]

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United Nations Recommends Changes In Prisoners’ Treatment

By Chung Kao Staff Writer A United Nations commission has recommended significant changes to the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners around the world. “No prisoner shall be subjected to, and all prisoners shall be protected from, torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment,” the proposed Rule 1 says. The Commission […]

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New Look at Stanford Experiment on Prison Cruelty

By Chung Kao Staff Writer A new film, “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” is inspired by one of the darkest chapters in modern experimental psychology, according to a columnist for New Yorker. Conducted in 1971, the elaborate experiment at role-playing supposedly showed that middle-class college students, divided into roles of prisoners and guards with little or […]

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3 Newsletters From Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

By Chung Kao Staff Writer The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s Five Keys Charter High School was named a finalist for the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “This is a huge honor made possible by our visionary and hardworking staff, who are pushing the envelope to […]

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GOT CONDOMS?

NOTICE OF PRISONER PROTECTION FOR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH ACT (Pen. Code § 6500) State law requires CDCR make condoms available in all state prisons. Per Operational Procedure #0-1109, general population and reception center inmates at San Quentin State Prison now has access to condom dispensers in the following locations: entrances to the Library, Gym, […]

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