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November 29, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
A poet will face life in prison in Qatar after penning verses that state officials deemed insulting to the nation's emir and an incitement to topple the government, his attorney told news agencies Thursday.  Rights activists say Mohammed Ajami was arrested over his “Jasmine Poem,” which skewered governments across the region, at one point declaring, “We are all Tunisia in the face of the repressive elite.” He had previously recited a...
November 1, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — California's policy barring beards on prison guards has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department after a discrimination lawsuit by a Sikh man who said he was denied a job because of his facial hair, which is part of his religious practice. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled the lawsuit last year by paying $295,000 to the plaintiff, Trilochan Oberoi, and giving him a $61,000-a-year administrative job. He had been told he would have to shave to be considered for a prison guard job. But the state has maintained its no-beard policy, citing safety issues.
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.
September 18, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Texas border patrol agents were on alert Tuesday for more than 130 inmates who escaped from prison in a Mexican border town. The inmates escaped through a 21-foot tunnel from the prison in Piedras Negras, and more than half had been serving time for federal crimes, including drug trafficking, officials told ABC News . Piedras Negras is just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, about 140 miles southwest of San Antonio. The attorney general of Coahuila state, Homero Ramos Gloria, said that three employees of the prison, including the director, were being questioned about the potential involvement of staff in the mass breakout, according to Mexican media reports.
September 4, 2012 | By James Rainey
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You can see why union members who spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday disdain a Republican Party that tries to trash the collective-bargaining process in states like Wisconsin and Ohio. But what's frightening is to listen to thousands of Democratic activists, assembled for their convention here, who are so adamant in protecting their union friends that they show no sign of seeing the huge deficit storm that soaring public pension costs have put on the horizon.
July 23, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
COALINGA, Calif. - Downtown is quiet in the baking summer heat, but this rural hamlet's only courthouse is humming with activity. A judge is calling the morning calendar, and the pace is brisk. Chained prison inmates in red and white jumpsuits fidget while awaiting their hearings. California Highway Patrol officers called to testify in traffic cases linger in the back. Prison guards stifle yawns and eye their charges. The small, modest courtroom is nearly full, noisy with the patter of the judge and lawyers dispatching cases amid the constant buzz of a metal detector at the door.
June 6, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Police and prison guards in South Carolina stormed a high-security prison block early Wednesday morning, freeing a prison guard who had been held hostage by inmates. After a standoff lasting more than six hours inside the prison's most secure unit, the guard was rescued unharmed. Guards regained control of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., the State newspaper of Columbia reported . The guard had been forced to wear an inmate's uniform, but other guards recognized him. The inmates did not resist, and no prisoner attempted to escape from the unit, the newspaper reported.
April 17, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Maybe there's something to this “let the private sector do it” mantra. California's prisons have been battling an epidemic of smuggled cellphones.  Heck, even Charles Manson had a couple. (And don't you wonder who was on the other end of those calls?  I mean, he's been in prison for four decades. How many friends in the real world can he have?) Anyway, various solutions have been proposed, including bills in the Legislature that would get tough on phone smugglers and that would permit random searches of prison employees.
November 9, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- With temperatures dropping in Sacramento, some state lawmakers are migrating to the sunny beaches of Hawaii this week for a conference at a luxury resort, subsidized and attended by special interests that lobby the Legislature. About 15 lawmakers are scheduled to attend the annual gathering in Maui, where they will stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel on the tab of the Independent Voter Project, a nonprofit policy group largely funded by business and labor interests.
October 31, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Gov. Jerry Brown would be the first to admit that rolling out a 12-point pension reform plan is the easy part. Brown has always belittled the notion of multipoint plans, dismissing them as targets for cheap shots. Of course, he's usually most adamant about that when he doesn't have a plan and is being pressured to produce one. But Brown is essentially correct. A plan without execution is merely an academic exercise. Plans are a dime a dozen. They can be found in any college faculty lounge.
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