Federal judge orders improved conditions for mentally ill death row inmates
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

A federal judge in Sacramento ordered state prison officials Tuesday to continue working to improve treatment for seriously mentally ill inmates on San Quentin’s death row, but did not give inmates’ attorneys sweeping changes in the care of their clients.

Richard Tuite Gets Another Day in Court
Eric S. Page and Rory Devine, NBC 7 San Diego 

*Note, CDCR does NOT determine sentencing of an offender or whether he/she is required to be placed on parole. CDCR implements California state laws on sentencing and post-release monitoring, it is not based on CDCR’s discretion.** 

Richard Tuite, the man convicted of killing 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe, then found not guilty in a retrial last week, is still behind bars but had another day in court on Tuesday.

Are California’s prison isolation units torture?
Alastair Leithead BBC News, Los Angeles

California, the most populous state in the US, holds some inmates of its overcrowded prisons in isolation for years, even decades. While officials defend the use of the “security housing units”, inmates and their lawyers say they turn their occupants mad.


Desert Hot Springs robbery investigation nets one arrest

Colin Atagi, The Desert Sun

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — A man was arrested Dec. 4 as part of an investigation into a robbery, police said Tuesday.


Dan Walters: Realignment has reduced California prison population, but what about other effects?
Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee

Two years ago, under intense pressure from federal judges to reduce overcrowding in state prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature enacted “realignment,” diverting low-level felons into local jails, supervision and, it was hoped, rehabilitation.


The Death Penalty is a “Penalty”
Joel Fox, Fox & Hounds

An effort to bring back a functioning death sentence for certain capitol crimes may find its way on next November’s ballot. Law enforcement officials around the state are considering supporting a ballot initiative to streamline death sentence appeals and find an execution method acceptable to the courts.

Pilot Program Helps Rural Georgia Probationers Stay Out Of Prison
Adam Ragusea, GPB News

In Sandersville, trucks on the road are caked in red Georgia clay, kaolin mining is the top industry, and some of the government services that people in larger communities enjoy just aren’t available.

Implement compassionate release, San Diego County
San Diego City Beat

In May, CityBeat associate editor Kelly Davis wrote about Robin Reid, a woman with terminal cancer who’d been sentenced to four years in jail on charges stemming from her erotic-massage business. Reid had been granted a “special” sentence by the District Attorney’s office: She was jailed Mondays through Wednesdays and allowed to leave Thursday mornings to receive chemotherapy.