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October 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Federal hearings begin Tuesday in Sacramento over allegations that mentally ill inmates in California prisons are subject to brutal and degrading treatment, including excessive dousing with pepper spray and neglect on death row. State prison officials say that force is required at times to subdue inmates who pose threats to other inmates or staff. Experts for lawyers who represent some 33,000 inmates have filed sworn declarations accusing the state of allowing corrections officers to determine the treatment of mentally ill, wielding batons and pepper spray against those suffering psychiatric breakdowns, and then following up with rules violations that strip those prisoners of family visits and time out of their cells.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Federal hearings begin Tuesday in Sacramento over allegations that mentally ill inmates in California prisons are subject to brutal and degrading treatment, including excessive dousing with pepper spray and neglect on death row. State prison officials say that force is required at times to subdue inmates who pose threats to other inmates or staff. Experts for lawyers who represent some 33,000 inmates have filed sworn declarations accusing the state of allowing corrections officers to determine the treatment of mentally ill, wielding batons and pepper spray against those suffering psychiatric breakdowns, and then following up with rules violations that strip those prisoners of family visits and time out of their cells.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Less than two months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's corrections chief resigned because he felt politics were interfering with progress, his replacement abruptly followed suit Wednesday, leaving the governor scrambling to find a leader to run the state's deeply troubled prisons. Jeanne S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Less than two months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's corrections chief resigned because he felt politics were interfering with progress, his replacement abruptly followed suit Wednesday, leaving the governor scrambling to find a leader to run the state's deeply troubled prisons. Jeanne S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Surprised by the abrupt resignation Saturday of his corrections secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday said finding a new leader for the massive and dysfunctional prison system would not be easy. In a statement, Schwarzenegger praised the outgoing prisons chief, Roderick Q. Hickman, for performing "one of the toughest jobs in state government" and vowed to keep the correctional system "on the path toward change." The governor also named Jeanne S. Woodford acting secretary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
A panel of three federal judges, saying overcrowding in state prisons has deprived inmates of their right to adequate healthcare, tentatively ruled Monday that the state must reduce the population in those lockups by as many as 57,000 people. The judges issued the decision after a trial in two long-running cases brought by inmates to protest the state of medical and mental healthcare in the prisons. Although their order is not final, U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2002 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 16 years, Gloria Killian has been serving state prison time for being the mastermind behind a 1981 robbery and murder in Sacramento. Killian had denied any wrongdoing, but testimony from an alleged accomplice sealed her conviction. Although she had been a law school student without any criminal record, she could find no way to prove her innocence. Until Wednesday. As an inmate, she had become a law clerk at the California Institute for Women in Frontera.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The family of slain Chino Institution for Men correctional officer Manuel Gonzalez has filed a $100-million federal lawsuit against California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency Secretary Roderick Q. Hickman and others for "deliberate indifference." Gonzalez, a 16-year veteran with the California Department of Corrections, was stabbed to death inside the prison Jan. 10. Gonzalez estate attorneys say prison administrators Hickman, California Department of Corrections Director Jeanne S.
OPINION
October 7, 2008
Re "Death row realism," Opinion, Oct. 2 The death penalty issue is not one of safety, as Jeanne Woodford wants us to believe. It is one of fiscal realism. We need to overhaul the system so that people convicted of murder have a quick review, a quicker re-review, and then a quick and humane death. Why should one penny of my tax dollars go to keeping someone alive who showed such careless disregard for human life? Why can't that money go to education, infrastructure, maybe even more security cameras?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
California's director of corrections has ordered an end to a long-standing policy permitting male guards to pat down female prisoners, officials said Wednesday. The change comes more than a year after a coalition of advocacy groups first requested it, saying the searches amounted to sexual abuse of female convicts, about half of whom have histories of being raped or molested, according to the state Department of Corrections. In November, the critics again made their plea, this time to Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Surprised by the abrupt resignation Saturday of his corrections secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday said finding a new leader for the massive and dysfunctional prison system would not be easy. In a statement, Schwarzenegger praised the outgoing prisons chief, Roderick Q. Hickman, for performing "one of the toughest jobs in state government" and vowed to keep the correctional system "on the path toward change." The governor also named Jeanne S. Woodford acting secretary.
OPINION
December 22, 2006
GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER unveiled a new prison blueprint Thursday that balances a building program with smart policies like the creation of a commission to review sentencing and parole guidelines. It's about time. We were beginning to worry that the California prison guards union was calling the shots. Not only does it enjoy great influence over state elections, it has apparently enjoyed veto power over the selection of prison managers -- including those overseeing contract negotiations.
OPINION
September 15, 2004
Freedom of the press may be a widely cherished principle, but under some governments, journalists are still struggling to gain basic liberties, such as the right to interview prisoners. For instance, in California. Gov.
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