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March 28, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- The Egyptian government says it is taking steps to battle drug addiction, especially among young people, which has escalated amid deepening social and economic problems since the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. The young are “more easily influenced,” said Amr Othman, the director of the organization for treatment of addiction and abuse. “They easily get into drugs and are sometimes pressed into drug trafficking.” A report by the National Council for Battling Addiction attributes increased substance abuse to the availability and affordability of street drugs, especially in “light of the security vacuum society is witnessing.” Officials said a lack of police presence has allowed dealers to push new drugs onto the market.
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April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts. In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential dreams of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was blamed in Republican TV ads for having released convicted killer Willie Horton as part of a weekend furlough program. (Horton failed to return after a furlough and went on to commit robbery and rape.)
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October 15, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that California's prison crisis is over stalled Tuesday when the justices refused to hear his appeal of court-ordered caps on the state's prison population. The decision means Brown may have to reduce that population by thousands of inmates by the end of January, the deadline set by a panel of three federal judges. If that's the case, the governor and lawmakers plan to rely heavily on housing inmates in private prisons, and a new contract was announced on Tuesday .  However, Brown administration officials are entering negotiations with lawyers for inmates to extend the deadline by three years, saying they could use the extra time to lower the prison population by expanding rehabilitation programs and reduce the number of former inmates returning to prison for new crimes.
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January 23, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is again asking federal judges for more time to reduce crowding in California's prisons, this time proposing to release prisoners early if the state misses future deadlines. In papers filed in U.S. District Court late Thursday, Brown asked that an April 2014 deadline to lower crowding to safe levels be pushed back two years. Lawyers for the governor say that is "the minimum length of time needed to allow new reform measures to responsibly draw down the prison population while avoiding the early release of inmates.
OPINION
September 19, 2013
Re "No repeat offenders," Opinion, Sept. 16 Lois Davis makes an excellent point: Rehabilitation programs in prison can reduce recidivism. I have had the honor of helping my friend, a lawyer who represents prisoners serving life sentences at their parole hearings. These men and women were fortunate in that they could take advantage of educational, vocational, spiritual and self-help programs while incarcerated. I have seen firsthand the positive impact of correctional education programs.
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September 9, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced Monday a deal to seek more time to cut California's prison population by expanding rehabilitation programs aimed at reducing the number of former inmates committing new crimes. However, the state is prepared to spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year to house inmates in private prisons and other facilities if the request for an extension is rejected by a panel of three federal judges. The judges, who have deemed California prisons unconstitutionally crowded, have given state officials until Dec. 31 to reduce the prison population by thousands.
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October 15, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of an order to reduce prison crowding, further narrowing the governor's options in his quest to end what he characterizes as an arbitrary cap on the inmate population. The cap was ordered by three federal judges in California, and Brown had asked the high court to remove it. Having lost that bid, he will continue to pursue a request to the lower court for more time to comply, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman.
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September 9, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown stood with top lawmakers Monday to say they would seek more time to comply with a court order requiring the state to cut its prison population. An extension, Brown said, would allow the state to expand rehabilitation programs and reduce the number of former inmates returning to prison for new crimes. Without the extra time, the state would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to place inmates in private prisons and other facilities, he said.
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July 9, 2013 | By Paige St. John
California officials don't plan until Tuesday afternoon to update the situation in prisons throughout the state, where 30,000 inmates on Monday began refusing meals. The mass protest was called for months ago by a group of inmate leaders in isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison over conditions in solitary confinement, where inmates may be held indefinitely without access to phone calls or rehabilitation programs, or outdoor exercise beyond a concrete pen. But inmates in at least five other prisons have provided their own lists of demands.
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October 1, 2000
Re "Invest in Drug Programs" (Orange County Perspective, Sept. 17): While I agree with some of the statistical information, I felt this editorial to be misleading. Since being elected to the Board of Supervisors, I have tirelessly worked to improve Orange County's drug rehabilitation programs. I firmly believe in rehabilitation and think of it as an integral part of Orange County's future. In fact, you may not realize this, but as part of the tobacco settlement negotiations, I fought long and hard for more than a year to get the "health care advocates" to see drug and substance abuse rehabilitation as a health care priority.
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January 13, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Federal judges Monday confirmed that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawyers for inmates failed to agree on a plan to handle crowding in the state's prisons and announced they will order a solution instead. The judges Monday gave Brown and lawyers for inmates until Jan. 23 to file proposed terms "to achieve durable compliance" with crowding limits that were to go into effect April 18. They said they will push that ultimate deadline back by however long it takes the jurists to decide their own solution.
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January 9, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday detailed his plans to continue nursing California back to financial health, emphasizing the need to carefully guard the surplus revenue generated by the recovering economy. The governor, during a Thursday morning press conference at the Capitol, said he wants to repay $11 billion of the state's debt and stash $1.6 billion in a reserve fund. "For this year, there's very good news. Good news in the fiscal stability and resources available for the state of California," Brown said, "but also cautionary warnings that, by no means, are we out of the wilderness.
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October 15, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that California's prison crisis is over stalled Tuesday when the justices refused to hear his appeal of court-ordered caps on the state's prison population. The decision means Brown may have to reduce that population by thousands of inmates by the end of January, the deadline set by a panel of three federal judges. If that's the case, the governor and lawmakers plan to rely heavily on housing inmates in private prisons, and a new contract was announced on Tuesday .  However, Brown administration officials are entering negotiations with lawyers for inmates to extend the deadline by three years, saying they could use the extra time to lower the prison population by expanding rehabilitation programs and reduce the number of former inmates returning to prison for new crimes.
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October 15, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of an order to reduce prison crowding, further narrowing the governor's options in his quest to end what he characterizes as an arbitrary cap on the inmate population. The cap was ordered by three federal judges in California, and Brown had asked the high court to remove it. Having lost that bid, he will continue to pursue a request to the lower court for more time to comply, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman.
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September 27, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's latest plan to cut the prison population has wide support among California voters, who view rehabilitation as a key way to address overcrowding in state lockups, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Federal judges have ordered Brown to reduce inmate numbers in the coming months, and the governor recently asked them for three extra years to do so. Under Brown's plan, the state would use that time to expand mental health and drug treatment programs, in hopes of reducing the high number of offenders who serve their time but then commit new crimes and return to prison.
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September 25, 2013 | By Paige St. John
BAKERSFIELD - Federal judges Tuesday gave Gov. Jerry Brown an extra month to meet their order to relieve prison crowding, directing his administration to negotiate with inmates' lawyers in the meantime for long-term solutions to the problem. Saying confidential talks between the state and the inmates' representatives must begin immediately, the judges pushed their Dec. 31 deadline to Jan. 27 and ordered the two sides to report back to them by Oct. 21. Their directive says the discussions should focus on “how this Court can ensure a durable solution to the prison crowding problem.” The governor had asked for a three-year delay of a three-judge panel's edict that about 9,600 prisoners be removed from California's lockups.
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September 12, 2013
Chalk up another victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, George Skelton writes in his Thursday column. All the top lawmakers are on board with his plan to meet a court order to reduce prison crowding, giving him a clear path to avoid any early releases in the coming months. "There'll be no Willie Horton on his watch," Skelton writes. The deal on prisons was finalized after negotiations with Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), who balked at spending more money on private prisons without new funding for rehabilitation programs.
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September 11, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Chris Megerian about how the governor and legislative leaders ended their impasse over reducing prison crowding. With only four days left in this year's legislative session, the deal resolves a dispute over the best way to abide by an order from federal judges to shed more than 9,600 inmates from California's packed lockups by Dec. 31. Under the compromise, the state would ask a panel of three federal judges for time to expand rehabilitation programs aimed at reducing the number of inmates who, after serving their time, commit new crimes and return to prison.
OPINION
September 19, 2013
Re "No repeat offenders," Opinion, Sept. 16 Lois Davis makes an excellent point: Rehabilitation programs in prison can reduce recidivism. I have had the honor of helping my friend, a lawyer who represents prisoners serving life sentences at their parole hearings. These men and women were fortunate in that they could take advantage of educational, vocational, spiritual and self-help programs while incarcerated. I have seen firsthand the positive impact of correctional education programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013
Chalk up another victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, George Skelton writes in his Thursday column. All the top lawmakers are on board with his plan to meet a court order to reduce prison crowding, giving him a clear path to avoid any early releases in the coming months. "There'll be no Willie Horton on his watch," Skelton writes. The deal on prisons was finalized after negotiations with Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), who balked at spending more money on private prisons without new funding for rehabilitation programs.
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