Latest California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation News

California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

Nov. 30, 2021 14:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons. Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to...

Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons

Nov. 26, 2021 22:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked an order that all California prison workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a religious or medical exemption. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a...

Prison systems adding body-worn cameras to security plans

Oct. 29, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A growing number of states' prison systems are outfitting guards with body-worn cameras, even in correctional environments already covered by thousands of stationary security cameras. Agencies hope the extra cameras will help reduce violence and...

Judge: Certain California prison guards must be vaccinated

Oct. 22, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities' health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Kern County Superior Court Judge Bernard Barmann's ruling does not extend to all...

California prison guard died after reporting corruption

Oct. 06, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard killed himself after reporting corruption and harassment to authorities and cooperating with attorneys suing the state, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Sgt. Kevin Steele, 56, wrote memos to top prison officials early...

Federal judge requires vaccines for California prison staff

Sep. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San...

Police: Prison guard beat banker, used racial slur over mask

Sep. 17, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at...