States, eager to save money and adopt alternatives to incarceration, release inmates in record numbers. Is society ready for the surge?
Gov. Brown, anticipating the Supreme Court order to California to reduce its prison population, signed a measure transferring inmates to county jails. But voters need to approve funding.
A superior court judge ruled Wednesday that a new law, designed to reduce overcrowding at state prisons, was never intended to apply to county jails. More than 1,000 inmates were let go early before the ruling was handed down.
A California Inspector General report Thursday slammed the state parole system for failing to track Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender who kidnapped Jaycee Dugard.
Jaycee's abductor was a parolee, Phillip Garrido. His story is now framing the debate about how the state should relieve overcrowded prisons, and who should be watched most closely.
Jaycee Dugard has been held in a Bay Area home secretly since 1991 and has had two children with her captor. But families with missing children see a silver lining: 'Don't give up.'
About 2,500 trained inmate firefighters are providing vital help in the wildfire crisis.
The state's prisons will begin full integration July, amid some worry about racial violence.