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October 2, 1986 | BOB EGELKO, Associated Press
Saying that "prison administrators, not courts, must run prisons," an appeals court has substantially weakened a federal judge's restrictions on placing and keeping inmates in the lockup units of San Quentin and Folsom state prisons. The U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Inmates are shuffled through a prison psychiatric ward without adequate care or attention, leading to two deaths, including the water-intoxication of a mentally ill man who previously nearly drank himself to death, lawyers for California prisoners told a federal judge Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton heard that testimony as prison lawyers seek new sanctions against California over the treatment of inmates in the state's crowded prisons, an unintended consequence of Gov. Jerry Brown's failed bid earlier this year to end federal court oversight.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2012 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Twenty California prison employees suspected of smuggling cellphones to inmates have resigned or were fired in recent months, according to a report from the state's prison watchdog agency. Most of those employees were accused of taking the phones in for cash, while others were suspected of doing it for love or something like it, according to the report. One inmate caught with a phone had text messages and nude photos sent by a female guard, the report says. Another inmate was caught with love letters and a childhood photo from a guard accused of providing him the phone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2012 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Twenty California prison employees suspected of smuggling cellphones to inmates have resigned or were fired in recent months, according to a report from the state's prison watchdog agency. Most of those employees were accused of taking the phones in for cash, while others were suspected of doing it for love or something like it, according to the report. One inmate caught with a phone had text messages and nude photos sent by a female guard, the report says. Another inmate was caught with love letters and a childhood photo from a guard accused of providing him the phone.
NEWS
December 30, 1992 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside, the prison resembles nothing so much as a low-lying suburban office park or a modern middle school. It sits in a wooded area far off the main road south of Milledgeville, acentral Georgia town of antebellum mansions and a distinctly Southern air. Five prisons are clustered here, not counting a youth detention facility, making the care and feeding of convicts the economic lifeblood of the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1986 | RICHARD MORAN, Richard Moran is an associate professor of sociology at Mount Holyoke College
Last week, watching news from the prison takeover in West Virginia, our attention again was drawn to the problems that breed violence in our nation's prisons. Overcrowding, idleness and despair are contributing factors, but the crisis cannot be understood adequately without knowledge of the place of prisons in society. And for this we need a historical perspective.
OPINION
February 12, 2005
Re "Transfer Try Preceded Stabbing," Feb. 8: It is tragic that Department of Corrections Officer Manuel Gonzalez died for lack of a stab-proof vest at the California Institution for Men last month, but it is outrageous that the alleged murderer was at the Chino prison at all. According to Warden Lori DiCarlo's memo, he was there because he had refused to be transferred to Corcoran. Since when do convicted felons choose the prison in which they will serve their sentences? Is this part of a new Corrections Department policy to treat inmates as clients?
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.
NEWS
December 22, 1989 | From United Press International
Prison administrators showed "serious misjudgments" in failing to heed warnings of inmate unrest at Camp Hill state prison, and in not securing the institution after the first of two nights of rioting, a report released Thursday concluded. But Arlin Adams, a retired judge who headed the three-member investigating panel that issued the report, stopped short of recommending to Gov. Robert P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Inmates are shuffled through a prison psychiatric ward without adequate care or attention, leading to two deaths, including the water-intoxication of a mentally ill man who previously nearly drank himself to death, lawyers for California prisoners told a federal judge Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton heard that testimony as prison lawyers seek new sanctions against California over the treatment of inmates in the state's crowded prisons, an unintended consequence of Gov. Jerry Brown's failed bid earlier this year to end federal court oversight.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Pressing forward on a vow to shut the military prison at Guantanamo Bay as a first order of business, the Obama administration circulated a draft order Wednesday calling for a review of all 245 prisoners' cases and the eventual closure of the facility. The order, which is expected to be issued today, said the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba should be closed "as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Kurt Karcher strangled his cellmate in state prison last year, officials say. Then he was moved to a downtown Los Angeles jail, where he allegedly killed another one. The combination of events has raised questions about how well state and county officials communicate as they regularly trade custody of dangerous inmates, this one already convicted of choking to death an Orange County man in 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
The federal receiver assigned to fix healthcare in California prisons said Wednesday that the problems are far worse than he thought, with nearly every piece of the system either not working or in an "abject state of disrepair." Receiver Bob Sillen said in a report that a federal judge probably will need to step in and suspend state laws, contracts and regulations that are hindering progress.
WORLD
June 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen on motorcycles ambushed a senior Pakistani jail official in the southern port city of Karachi, killing him and four others, police said. Amanullah Niazi, deputy superintendent of the Karachi Central Prison, his driver, two of his bodyguards and a passerby were killed. In other violence, a roadside bomb blast killed a soldier and wounded five in a northern tribal region, just hours after a land mine exploded in the same area, wounding two soldiers.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2006 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
Florida's Department of Corrections, the nation's third-largest with 128 prisons and other facilities housing more than 85,000 inmates, is in the throes of a multifaceted scandal that shows no sign of stopping. A new interim chief appointed by Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
If there is a job in healthcare that's trickier than the one Bob Sillen is about to begin, it's probably one he's already had. As a young public health officer for the federal government in the 1960s, Sillen's task was to persuade syphilis patients in Harlem to reveal the names of their sexual partners -- then track the partners down in the streets and draw their blood. "We were trying to break the chain of infection, and it was quite an adventure," Sillen recalled in a recent interview.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court, in an unusual drug case, ruled Tuesday that the government may force prison inmates to take mind-altering drugs against their will. On a 6-3 vote, the court said that the Constitution does not give inmates a right to refuse to take the drugs. Rather, it is up to prison officials, not inmates or judges, to decide whether a potentially dangerous inmate needs to be medicated, the justices said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2005 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
The warden at the state prison in Lancaster was removed from his job this week after officials learned that a sexually explicit comedy performance containing racially offensive material was presented to inmates earlier this year. Charles Michael Harrison was demoted to associate warden in the aftermath of the May 4 show after a guard complained to authorities in Sacramento. The whistleblower, Lt.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Tom Vilsack said he removed the warden of a prison where two inmates escaped last week. The Iowa State Penitentiary warden, Ken Burger, will be reassigned and soon will retire, the governor said. Vilsack said seven prison employees had been disciplined in the escape of Robert Joseph Legendre, 27, and Martin Moon, 34. Both men were recaptured -- one in Illinois and the other in Missouri.
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