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November 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
San Quentin death row inmate and Crips street gang cofounder Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, a member of the Swiss parliament confirmed Saturday. Parliament member Mario Fehr nominated Williams and said the inmate has changed the lives of others through the series of children's books he has written and through international peace efforts. "I think he has done extraordinary work," Fehr said in a telephone interview Saturday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speaking out tearfully, the parents of convicted murderer Robert Rosenkrantz on Tuesday denounced Gov. Gray Davis' decision to block their son's parole and urged his immediate release. "You need to distinguish, governor, between people who are dangerous and people like my son . . . who have paid their debt to society," said Herbert Rosenkrantz, appearing with his wife, Barbara, at a news conference in front of Van Nuys Superior Court.
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September 21, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beginning a novel partnership to identify innocent people behind bars, Orange County's district attorney and public defender Wednesday sent hundreds of inquiries to prison inmates across the state and established a committee to evaluate the replies. The questionnaires were mailed to each of California's 33 state prisons, asking inmates convicted in Orange County to explain whether they know of any physical evidence--such as DNA or fingerprints--that could prove their innocence.
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August 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
The state Corrections Department has failed to improve treatment of women inmates as required by a 1997 settlement agreement, an alliance of prison watchdog groups alleged Monday. The groups, including California Prison Focus and Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, filed a motion in U.S. District Court to reopen a 5-year-old class-action lawsuit. The case was settled when the state agreed to pay $1.
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July 4, 2000 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's prison population declined slightly over the last year, the first such decrease in more than two decades, Department of Corrections officials said Monday. The prison population of 161,401 in late June was 360 below the total last year at the same time, representing a year-to-year decline not seen in the nation's largest prison system since 1977.
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July 1, 2000 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state parole board Friday set a release date for a convicted murderer because a court demanded it and threatened to hold members in contempt if they refused--a first in California history, according to attorneys involved in the case. The state Board of Prison Terms declared Robert Rosenkrantz of Calabasas suitable for parole 15 years after he murdered a schoolmate who exposed him as a homosexual. Board members said they did so only because an appellate court had demanded it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Claiming that Asian American aerospace engineers and scientists in the Los Angeles area could be the next victims of racial profiling, protesters Thursday in Westwood denounced the arrest of nuclear weapons scientist Wen Ho Lee. Charged with mishandling classified government information, Lee has been turned into a fall guy by U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Her words put two Pomona gang members behind bars for life in connection with a 1997 murder rampage that left four dead in a day and cast a shadow of fear over the blue-collar suburb in east Los Angeles County. Now her words could free them. That is, if she ever shows up for an important hearing today in Pomona Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Census day arrived at Facility C, Building 4, on Wednesday, but residents didn't get their forms in the mail. Instead, the documents were slipped through narrow side slots in heavy, blue steel doors by correctional officers. Like residents on the outside of this razor-wired complex, inmates at the California State Prison in Lancaster had many reasons why they would--or wouldn't--fill out the forms.
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March 15, 2000 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Darrell Keith Rich, who raped and murdered four women and girls during a two-month rampage in the summer of 1978, was put to death with a lethal mixture of drugs shortly after midnight today. Rich, 45, who was part Cherokee and adopted the name Young Elk in prison, was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. The execution took place after a day of last-minute legal wrangling over whether Rich should have been allowed to take part in a sweat lodge purification ceremony during his final hours. The U.S.
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