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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A retired appellate judge in Los Angeles has been tapped by federal courts to make the final decision on which and how many inmates to release from prison if California fails to meet a court-ordered limit on the state prison population. In naming Elwood Lui the compliance officer in the prison crowding case, federal judges also put much of his work out of public view, declaring that his communications with the courts are "confidential and privileged. " Lui did not immediately return calls to his office for comment.
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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.
OPINION
May 31, 2011
Steven Martinez was sentenced to 157 years in prison after abducting, beating and raping a San Diego woman in 1998. Three years later, during a prison knife attack, he was stabbed in the neck, his spinal cord was severed and he was left a quadriplegic. Though he cannot eat, bathe himself or move his arms or legs, Martinez remains an inmate in the state prison system, and his medical treatment costs taxpayers about $600,000 a year. He has also had to spend long periods in an outside medical facility, which costs the state an additional $800,000 a year for round-the-clock guards.
OPINION
November 13, 2011
Californians shouldn't be surprised by recent reports, such as The Times' front-page story Friday, that county jails are filling up. Public safety realignment is no secret. After years of refusal to consider sentencing reforms, inability to provide adequate drug treatment, unwillingness to prepare parolees for lives outside prison and a continuing insistence on locking up more people longer, state prisons became so overcrowded that the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the population reduced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Federal experts on Tuesday gave a potentially passing grade to the inmate medical care provided at a California prison in Tuolumne County, the third state prison to get such a review, despite lapses in care and the suspected carbon monoxide poisoning death of an inmate firefighter. The latest evaluation concludes the Sierra Conservation Center will be providing adequate medical care once planned building improvements are made. The prison was inspected by experts working for the U.S. District Court, which is monitoring inmate care statewide.
WORLD
December 22, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced three prominent activists to three-year prison terms and heavy fines, state media reported, in what was seen by rights advocates as a worrying sign of the military-backed government's determination to suppress political dissent. The three -- Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma -- are best known for leading roles in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak as protests blazed across the Arab world. The unexpectedly harsh sentences provoked dismay among rights advocates, who have been feeling increasingly under siege at the hands of the interim government, despite its promises to return the country to democracy.
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August 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to expand the number of prison cells to meet a court order faced opposition Tuesday from Democratic leaders of the state Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) was noticeably absent from the news conference by the governor and legislators. The Senate leader has previously said he would not support a plan that only expands prison space without also providing more money for mental health and drug treatment programs that can reduce the number of parolees who return to prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Long Beach man was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison for importing thousands of counterfeit male enhancement pills that had dangerous levels of lead, federal authorities said. Shem Michahdavid Weissman, 24, admitted that he had ordered the phony ExtenZe tablets from a Chinese manufacturer and had them shipped to his rented post office box in Los Angeles, according to federal authorities. Authorities launched a probe of Weissman after Immigration Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a package that contained 1,800 counterfeit pills.
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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