March 7, 2000 |
Nestled near a towering redwood forest and the crystalline Smith River sits an imposing monolith of concrete and barbed wire that has become both savior and bane to this tiny North Coast town. When it opened about a decade ago, the maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison seemed a clearing in the economic fog that loomed over remote Del Norte County as fishing and logging jobs in California's northwest corner began to vanish. And it was, quickly becoming the county's biggest employer.
July 5, 1998 |
For seven years, the state of California turned a blind eye to the deadliest prison in America, where 50 inmates were wounded or shot dead by guards. Gov. Pete Wilson and the man who wants to succeed him, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, finally launched an examination of Corcoran State Prison that ended last year. The result was a whitewash--a pair of investigations that never probed any of the seven deaths or the other serious shootings, The Times has found.
December 23, 1997 |
A private prison operator will build a $50-million federal detention facility for illegal immigrants, creating 400 new jobs in this small San Joaquin Valley town, a city official said Monday. Corrections Corp. of America is a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that has built state and federal prisons across the United States, Mayor Robert Silva said. "It's great. It's something we've been working for quite a while," Silva said.
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April 27, 1996 |
After serving two years of a 33-month prison sentence for racketeering, former Glendale Assemblyman Pat Nolan has been transferred to a halfway house in Sacramento as a first step toward his release from custody, officials said Friday. Nolan was moved to Sacramento from the Geiger Corrections Center in Spokane, Wash., and is scheduled to be released Aug. 27.
January 12, 1995 |
A federal judge, deploring "the senseless suffering and sometimes wretched misery" of inmates in notorious Pelican Bay Prison, ordered the state Wednesday to discontinue what he called a pattern of brutality and neglect at what was supposed to have been a national model for high-tech security. The landmark ruling here by District Judge Thelton E.
May 15, 1994 |
Letters to the editor of the Siskiyou County Daily News have been quite lively of late. For example, in correspondence published last Tuesday, county resident Bendan Butler unloaded a series of rather breathless disclosures about opponents of a proposal to place a prison at the foot of Mt. Shasta. One anti-prison leader, Butler declared, "once claimed that she saw a flying saucer the size of Safeway land in Mt. Shasta." Another, he huffed, "used to be an attorney! No more need be said."