All Articles: News Briefs

January 2017 News Briefs

National News – Last November, one of every 40 American adults was not able to vote because of state laws that bar people with past felony convictions from casting ballots, The Sentencing Project reports. The report estimated 6.1 million Americans did not vote because of these state laws. The laws vary widely. Florida, Iowa and […]

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December 2016 News Briefs

Arizona — After the 2012 decision barring mandatory sentences of life without parole for offenders who were juveniles when they committed their crimes—and making the law retroactive—the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state courts to review the sentences in several cases, SCOTUSblog reports. Justice Sonia Sotomayor explained that the sentencing judges in these cases did […]

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Nov 2016 News Briefs

Seattle, Wash. — City officials are planning two facilities — one in Seattle, another in the suburbs — where heroin addicts can legally take injections while supervised by medical personnel who can administer aid or call 911 if needed, reports The Los Angeles Times. It would be the first facility of its kind in the […]

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October 2016 News Briefs

Sacramento — The California Supreme Court decided unanimously in August to overturn the death sentence of Sergio Dujuan Nelson, who was 19 years old when he was convicted of killing two co-workers in 1993. Nelson, who had no prior criminal history, admitted the killings but argued they stemmed from depression, The Los Angeles Times reports. […]

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News Briefs

Sacramento – The wardens at two California women’s prisons have retired as allegations of sexual abuse, suicides, unneeded force, derogatory names and retaliations against inmates who complained as well as staged fights are being investigated, The Associated Press reports. CDCR told the AP that the Secretary is committed to making necessary changes at both prisons. […]

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August 2016 News Briefs

San Francisco— San Francisco State University will lead a statewide effort to expand college access for formerly incarcerated individuals, the university announced June 17. Seven California State University campuses — Bakersfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego — will establish programs modeled after SF State’s Project Rebound. Established in 1967 by the late […]

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July 2016 News Briefs

Honolulu, Hawaii — An inmate serving time in a private prison in Arizona has filed a lawsuit over the prison system’s policy requiring all mail to and from inmates to be written in English, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. The English-only mail policy prohibits prisoners from receiving letters written in Hawaiian and unduly burdens communications between […]

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June 2016 News Briefs

San Quentin – Bernard L. Hamilton, 64, a Death Row inmate, died of natural causes on March 28. Hamilton was sentenced to death on March 2, 1981, for a second-degree burglary and first-degree murder in 1979. There are 747 inmates on Death Row. Lincoln, Neb. – The state’s corrections director asked India-based Harris Pharma LLP […]

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May 2016 News Briefs

Sacramento, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown granted clemency to 59 people, just before Easter Sunday. Most were convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes. All of those pardoned have obtained a court certificate declaring that they are now rehabilitated. A gubernatorial pardon may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and have lived productive and law-abiding […]

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April 2016 News Briefs

Seattle, Wash. — The state’s highest court is taking a new look at the death penalty. Dozens of former state judges are claiming the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional, the Associate Press reports. Sacramento, Calif. — State prison officials announced that inmate firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones, 22, died from her injuries on Feb. 25. Jones […]

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