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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The statewide protest launched by California inmates on Monday comes at a time of widespread turmoil in the state's prison system. Tens of thousands of prisoners are refusing meals as inmate leaders plan to renew a hunger strike that began two years ago. They're demanding improvements in prison conditions and limits on how long inmates can be held in solitary confinement. At the same time, legal battles involving overcrowding and disease outbreaks have dogged a prison system that has long been a magnet for controversy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1987
Your editorial states that "Everyone agrees that a prison belongs in Los Angeles County, which furnishes 38% of the state's male inmates but has no state facility within its border." Why does the number of prisoners that a county "furnishes" have anything to do with placing a prison in that county? Extend this kind of logic slightly and someone will decide that not only should there be a prison in Los Angeles County, but 38% of the state's male prisoners should be imprisoned in Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1999
Gary Bornman's desperate plea for help before he is released from Lompoc prison (Voices, Feb. 13) is echoed by thousands of inmates across the country who are not prepared to integrate into society when they are released. As a television writer/producer, I have interviewed many prisoners who have no idea how differently a free society operates from the isolated one behind bars. Life in prison has its own rules and codes of behavior. A simple gesture, such as an innocent glance, in the outside world could be a threatening challenge in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Six state correctional officers were recovering from injuries after they were attacked by an inmate Thursday at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. At least one of the officers was seriously injured by the inmate, who used his fists and a plastic cup to batter the officers, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. State authorities identified the inmate as Christopher McCoy, 34, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A software engineer and his real estate agent wife who terrorized their tenants in a twisted attempt to force them to move are back after fleeing to Italy, and each has accepted a four-year prison sentence and two strikes rather than face trial, Dist. Atty. George Gascon announced Wednesday. Nicknamed the "landlords from hell," Kip and Nicole Macy employed tactics "so outlandish and brazen" in attempting to clear their building of renters that "it sounds like the plot of a horror movie," Gascon said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A leader of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies, including solicitation of murder. Stephen Sanders, 44, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, solicitation to commit murder and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court by Judge Robert O'Neill. San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said Sanders had planned "to have witnesses and law enforcement officers killed.
OPINION
October 5, 2009 | Bernard E. Harcourt, Bernard E. Harcourt, a professor of law and of political science at the University of Chicago, is the author of "Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy."
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in two cases, Sullivan vs. Florida and Graham vs. Florida, that will decide whether it's cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 13-year-old or a 17-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The court should follow its prior reasoning in Roper vs. Simmons, a 2005 ruling that held the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional, and similarly draw a bright line at 18 years of age for imposing life sentences without parole.
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