News

Conditions at Federal Prison in California Draw Various Probes

Federal Correctional Institution Mendota, located near Fresno, California, houses about 800 inmates. Opened in 2012, the medium-security male prison in California with an adjacent minimum-security camp has recently been the focus of numerous investigations into whether conditions there pose serious dangers to the health of inmates and staff. Complaints about temperature levels due to a

Read More »

Sitting Pretty: Vocational Prison Education Preps for Life After Prison

Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California has a beauty salon. It started as a vocational prison education program in 1996 when the facility was for women only. Although it’s a men’s prison now, the salon, and the esthetician program, remain in place. It’s a unique way of learning job skills in the prison system, and

Read More »

Prison Garden Program Goes to Roots of Offender Reformation

Physical, mental, and manual labor is good for your health in balanced circumstances. In Oakland, California, they are using physical work to provide job skills training to offenders and ex-offenders. By partnering with the San Quentin State Prison’s Insight Garden Program, the non-profit organization Planting Justice transforms prisoners’ lives through a connection to nature. The

Read More »

$21,060 Jury Award for Injuries to California Woman in Custody

A jury awarded a California woman $21,060 in compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering related to injuries that occurred while she was in police custody. On February 5, 2004, JulieAnne Shull drove to Sacramento, California with a companion to lobby legislators to pass a bill preserving old-growth forests. After meeting with lawmakers, Shull

Read More »

San Diego “Predator Free Zones” Struck Down by California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has ruled that a statute restricting all registered sex offenders on parole in California from residing in large swaths of the state is unconstitutional as applied to registered sex offenders on parole in San Diego. The challenge, brought by four registered sex offenders on parole in San Diego, alleged that Proposition

Read More »

California Appellate Court Remands Sex Offender Commitment Order

The First Appellate District for the California Court of Appeals has remanded a lower court’s decision to civilly commit a prisoner as a sexually violent predator (SVP). The Alameda County District Attorney filed a petition to commit Joel Curlee as an SVP in December 2010. During the trial, Curlee was called as a witness during

Read More »

$36,203 Jury Award in California Excessive Force Case

A federal jury awarded a South Lake Tahoe man $36,203 in a lawsuit alleging the use of excessive force by South Lake Tahoe police. The jury award came in on March 7, 2007, after a four-day trial. Rodney Ward was drinking alcohol with a friend on May 24, 2003. At about 10:00 p.m., he journeyed

Read More »

$4.5 Million to Widow of Man Shot by Police

Naily Nida, the widow of Michael Nida, who was allegedly shot in the back by Downey, California police officer Steven Dean Gilley, settled a wrongful death lawsuit May 9, 2013 for $4.5 million. On October 22, 2011, Michael Nida and his wife were stopped at a gas station in Downey. While Naily pumped the gas,

Read More »

Inmates Smuggle Drugs to Commit Suicide

As the 31 states that practice capital punishment struggle to find the chemicals necessary to execute condemned prisoners, in at least one state the prisoners themselves are successfully bringing in large quantities of drugs, which they sometimes use to commit suicide – to cheat the metaphorical hangman’s noose. This is both ironic and troubling. California’s

Read More »
Categories
Categories
Archives