CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 |
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that California would have to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars to house inmates under a court order, and that he expects the Legislature to appropriate that money later this year. Brown said the additional funding will be necessary to comply with a federal court ruling that found the state's prison system has nearly 9,600 inmates more than it can adequately handle. "We are not going to do a mass release," Brown said during an interview at the annual Lake Tahoe environment summit of federal, California and Nevada officials, adding that "there's already a lot of pressure" on local jurisdictions in the wake of his 2011 plan to direct new inmates to county jails.
August 7, 2013
Re "State inmate release a step closer," Aug. 3 It is perfect timing that the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed a lower court order to stand requiring Gov. Jerry Brown to release thousands of California prison inmates during a time when hundreds of them are starving themselves to obtain basic requests. Brown's refusal to abide by the court order is akin to prisons chief Jeffrey Beard's hard-line stance against negotiating with the striking prisoners. The continued mistreatment and dehumanization of our inmate population will have far more dire consequences for our safety when those prisoners are released after serving their full sentences than the immediate release of 9,600 of them now. At least now, Brown can engage in the thoughtful process of determining which inmates can be released without presenting a significant risk to the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Under court orders to ease prison crowding by the end of the year, California officials are scrambling to relocate 9,600 inmates but may be forced to free roughly 1,000 of them before they have completed their sentences. Officials say most offenders are likely to remain locked up, in privately owned prisons, county jails and other facilities. But some low-level criminals, as well as seriously ill and elderly inmates, could be released, state plans show. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a three-judge ruling that the prisons remain too crowded and inmate numbers must drop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a major setback for Gov. Jerry Brown, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to block a court order that he release 9,600 inmates from state prisons, moving California a step closer to relocating or freeing those prisoners by the end of the year. The state can still pursue its appeal - and the administration vowed to do so. But the court's 6-3 vote was a disappointment for Brown, who had launched a political crusade against a three-judge panel that has consistently ruled that overcrowded prison conditions violate the rights of inmates.
July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The public got its first look at the secret court order that authorized the government's vast collection of records of domestic telephone calls as the Obama administration moved Wednesday to try to boost public confidence in the National Security Agency's program. The order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court lays out the rules under which the program operates, mirroring the descriptions that U.S. officials have given in the weeks since the program was disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
July 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration plans to release previously secret court orders that set out the rules and rationale for the bulk collection of U.S. phone records as officials seek to quell growing unrest in Congress over the government's massive information dragnet. According to a senior U.S. official, the government has declassified the order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court, that authorized the collection program, which began in 2007. Before that, the National Security Agency had been collecting telephone records without a court order since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept.
July 3, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In the end, the bitter family feud came to this: Police used a pickax to break down the gates at the home of Nelson Mandela's grandson Wednesday in search of the bones of the elder statesman's dead children. A spokesman for Mandla Mandela, the grandson and a tribal chief, said he agreed Wednesday to obey a court order and allow the remains to be returned after a court found in favor of his rivals within the family. However, police had to force their way into his property in Mvezo where the bodies were believed to be buried, the reports said.
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The massive leaks about U.S. spying systems caused sharp political and legal aftershocks Tuesday as the Justice Department prepared to file criminal charges against Edward Snowden, a government contractor who has publicly admitted disclosing highly classified telephone and Internet data-gathering operations. The vast scope of the government surveillance sparked the first federal lawsuit challenging its legality, a bipartisan effort in the Senate to declassify secret court orders that authorize the operations, and requests from Google and Facebook for permission to disclose more about National Security Agency requests for users' emails and other online communications.
June 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court opened the door Monday for California raisin growers to challenge the constitutionality of a Depression-era farming law that requires them to keep part of their annual crop off the market. In a 9-0 ruling, the justices cleared the way for Marvin and Laura Horne from Fresno to argue that this “mandatory reserve” program takes away their private property without just compensation. “This is America, not a communist state,” they said upon filing their suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Most California voters are willing to take more drastic steps than Gov. Jerry Brown favors to reduce prison crowding, including the early release of nonviolent offenders, but they don't want to sacrifice public safety to reduce the inmate population, according to a new poll. Support for softened penalties comes as Brown is fighting an order from a panel of federal judges to continue shrinking the number of inmates in state prisons. He says California has done enough and any more changes could increase crime.