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In his final State of the State address, Governor Jerry Brown warned lawmakers about the growth of California's prison system spending.  He said it's nearly tripled as a share of the general fund budget since 1970.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact report Chris Nichols fact-checked the governor's claim.

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Inmate suicides and suicide attempts are not being properly handled by California State Prisons, according to a report from the State Auditor.  And a state prison in San Bernardino County has the worst record for suicides among the entire system.  Capital Public Radios' Randol White has more.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris recently claimed it costs 'about $75,000 per year to lock up an inmate in California - or more than twice the national average.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this eye-opening statement by the California Democrat.

CA Department of Corrections Promote Sentence Reductions for Some Inmates

Mar 27, 2017

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced new regulations Friday that would allow more prisoners to reduce their sentences.  KVCR's Rick Dulock delivers this story which comes from Capital Public Radio.

A new survey finds California divided about how to address the state's stalled death penalty process.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, that's a significant shift in views from two years ago.

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that found California's death penalty to be so plagued with delays that it's unconstitutional.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, California hasn't executed an inmate in nearly a decade.

California has agreed to overhaul how it uses solitary confinement in state prisons.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on Tuesday's announcement.

California will soon become the first state to provide sex reassignment surgery for a transgendered prison inmate.  But the state hopes to avoid paying for the surgery in a second case by granting that inmate parole -- just days before a scheduled court hearing this week.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Of the more than nine-thousand firefighters battling wildfires across California right now, roughly 40 percent are inmates who participate in fire camps. There's been some fear that the reduction in the state's prison population might lead to a shortage of firefighters. So far, that fear has not played out. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Piper Kerman, the author of the book, "Orange Is The New Black" -- which inspired the hit cable TV series -- will be speaking at the University of Redlands this evening (Thursday).  She'll talk about her book, the TV show, and an issue she focuses on a lot:  prison reform.  KVCR's Jessie Land spoke with Piper Kerman yesterday, and got her to preview this evening's talk.

Brown Vows Prison Realignment Will Continue

Jan 26, 2015

Speaking Friday to a crowd interested in the subject, Governor Jerry Brown had a lot to say about the California criminal justice system.  But he stopped short of proposing reforms.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr explains.

For years, federal courts have been pressing the State of California to  reduce imate populations in state prisons to levels below what the courts consider "cruel and unusual punishment."  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says its making progress reducing prison overcrowding.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

We could send kids to the finest colleges in the country for what it costs California taxpayers to lock up kids in juvenile detention facilities.  That's the gist of a new study, as Capitol Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.