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September 26, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A Russian court on Thursday ordered that 22 people arrested last week aboard a Greenpeace ship be held for two months pending an investigation of an attempt to board an offshore oil drilling platform. Eight other people from the Artic Sunrise, a Greenpeace icebreaker, were detained for three days pending a new hearing. Russian commandos seized the ship Sept. 19, the day after activists tried unsuccessfully to board the Prirazlomnaya platform to hang a banner protesting Arctic oil and gas exploration.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A federal court order for California to entertain alternative options to reduce prison crowding echoes a set of solutions proposed just one day earlier by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. In a letter sent to federal judges Monday, Steinberg (D-Sacramento) provided a framework for following Gov. Jerry Brown's plan, suggesting California be required to reduce prison crowding by Dec. 31 to 145% of what the prisons were designed to hold -- a goal the state has said it can reach by moving 2,500 prisoners into private facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown stood with top lawmakers Monday to say they would seek more time to comply with a court order requiring the state to cut its prison population. An extension, Brown said, would allow the state to expand rehabilitation programs and reduce the number of former inmates returning to prison for new crimes. Without the extra time, the state would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to place inmates in private prisons and other facilities, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO -  It was completely predictable but is still fascinating to watch: Once Democrats seized firm control of California's Capitol they wound up fighting each other. Such is the combative nature of political animals. In a rare twist, Republican lawmakers are siding with the Democratic governor. The brawl is over prison crowding, which has driven a sharp wedge between the two legislative leaders: Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
WORLD
August 21, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- A court ordered former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak freed from prison Wednesday in a stunning turn of fortunes that highlights the prospect that the old guard is reemerging amid unrelenting political unrest following the nation's 2011 revolution. The court ruled that the 85-year-old Mubarak be released from Tora prison after a financial corruption charge against him was set aside. It was unclear if the toppled leader would be freed immediately or remain in custody, pending an appeal by the prosecution, according to his lawyer, Yousry Adel Razek.
WORLD
August 21, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO - Even frail and dressed in prison whites, Hosni Mubarak had a few moves left. A court ordered the former Egyptian president freed from jail Wednesday in a stunning turn of fortunes that highlights the prospect that his old guard is reemerging from the bloodshed and political unrest that has followed the 2011 revolution. That uprising was supposed to have undone the man Egyptians called the Pharaoh. But Mubarak's release from Tora prison, expected Thursday, is a blow to efforts to build a democracy after decades of corruption and repression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Anthony York
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.
OPINION
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 | By Chris Megerian and Paige St. John
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 | By Evan Halper and Paige St. John
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.
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