All Articles: Criminal Justice

US prison commissary giants are set to merge

By Marcus Henderson  As prisoners across the nation wage protests over what they consider slave labor for low or no pay, two of the country’s biggest prison commissary companies are set to merge. HIG Capital, owner of Trinity Services Group, a commissary and food-service operator, announced that it would be acquiring Keefe Group, one of […]

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Are fewer inmates good news? Not if you invest in private prisons

By David B. Le The decline in prison populations is good news unless you happen to be an investor who’s put money into prison bonds.  The 3.8 trillion municipal-securities niche market has investors demanding higher payouts for their risk as prison bonds have been downgraded due to the prison population reduction and private prisons closure, […]

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Study explores how lifers get better deal from parole boards

By Wayne Boatwright For decades, lifers were rarely found suitable for parole. Now more than 20 percent are being paroled. Why? Thanks to changes at the legal, executive, as well as an initiative petition and administrative levels. Many more prisoners will now have access to parole because of the passage of Proposition 57 in November […]

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SHU inmates down 65 percent since 2012

By Salvador Solorio The use of Security Housing Unit (SHU) cells in California has reportedly dropped 65 percent. As of December 2012, the state had 9,870 prisoners in SHU, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented the prisoners. This August there were 3,471. Of the 1,557 prisoners kept in SHU for 10 or […]

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Lawsuit lowers SHU occupancy by two- third

By Salvador Solorio Following a landmark lawsuit settlement, Security Housing Unit (SHU) occupancy has been cut by two-thirds. The lawsuit followed California prison hunger strikes in 2011 and 2013 that protested indefinite isolation in SHU facilities, reported Alex Emslie of KQED news. Prisoners specifically protested against indefinite SHU terms based solely on prison authorities’ suspicions […]

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Gov. Brown names 9 to CDCR positions

Gov. Jerry Brown announced his latest appointments to CDCR offices, according to the Imperial Valley News. Kelly Santoro has been appointed warden at North Kern State Prison. She had been acting warden since 2015. Prior experience includes: chief deputy warden at Wasco Prison, associate warden at Corcoran, facility captain, correctional counselor and correctional officer. Albert […]

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Gov. Brown signs tougher bills on sexual assault

By Forrest Lee Jones After much controversy over the sexual assault of a female student named Emily Doe at Stanford University by not her classmate, Brock Turner, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills to increase the punishment for such offenses, reports Jazmine Ulloa of the Los Angeles Times. Assembly Bills 701 and 2888 were […]

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Prop. 57 opens a door for juvenile offenders

By John Lam With the passage of Proposition 57, Kid CAT will strive to build upon the positive changes in the law and community attitudes and rehabilitation initiatives which are giving juvenile offenders hope for freedom in the future. “The passage of Proposition 57 on Nov. 8 represented a big step toward a more restorative […]

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Finding roots of criminal thinking

Twenty-seven San Quentin prisoners have graduated from a 26-week program designed to help them address the root causes of criminal thinking, childhood trauma and violent behavior. “Through The First Step curriculum, I learned where my criminal identity came from. I also learned how to deal with my emotions,” said Toalepai Falao, a November graduate of […]

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L.A. County bans solitary for juveniles and…

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to permanently ban solitary confinement for juveniles. According to a report on KPCC radio, the assessment was based upon the psychological damage that can result from solitary confinement, which is a trigger for high recidivism. After hearing the testimony of a […]

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