August 24, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Friday urged the US government to ban the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement. In several California prisons, hunger strikes began on July 8, with more than 30,000 inmates refusing food to protest the allegedly cruel ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday called on California to end conditions for prisoners in solitary confinement and order an impartial investigation into the recent death of a prisoner. Billy Sell, 32, was found hanged in his cell last Monday at the Corcoran State Prison in central California. ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 31, 2011, Venezuelan Minister of Prisons Iris Varela announced plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding. Other countries have implemented similar measures, including Bangladesh, which released inmates in June 2008 and August 2010. In June ...[read more]
May 3, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On May 3, 2007, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill with bipartisan support that designated $7.7 billion to remedy the state's overcrowded prisons. The Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007 attempted to streamline the prison infrastructure system ...[read more]
August 14, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
California officials have expressed doubt about the state's ability to comply with a court order to reduce its prison populations by 2013. California prison officials had asked the court to allow them to retain 6,000 more inmates than the original court order had determined, saying the state would ...[read more]
July 31, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 31, 2011, Venezuelan Minister of Prisons Iris Varela announced plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding. Other countries have implemented similar measures, including Bangladesh, which released inmates in June 2008 and August 2010. In June ...[read more]
May 23, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 23, 2011, the US Supreme Court upheld an order requiring California to release up to 46,000 prisoners in order to remedy the state's overcrowded prisons. The Court found that California's prison system, which was found to be operating at 200 percent of its intended capacity, violated ...[read more]
January 14, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
Judge Claudia Wilken of the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled on Friday that California prison officials have failed to protect disabled parolees by not providing them wheelchairs and other mobility assistance devices. She stated that prison officials have failed to ...[read more]
August 1, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Venezuelan Minister for Prisons Iris Varela announced Sunday that she plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in an effort to reduce prison overcrowding. Varela, who was appointed to the position by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last week, said roughly 20,000 inmates who ...[read more]
July 20, 2011
by Julia Zebley
At least 400 inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison have been on a hunger strike since the end of June and are being joined by prisoners in at least 10 other California prisons. Inmates of Pelican Bay's Security Housing Unit (SHU), a long-term isolation ward where one-third of the prison's population ...[read more]

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