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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, a row of general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California state prison officials say in a July 27, 2020, court filing that as many as 17,600 inmates are eligible for release due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California ups early inmate release estimate amid objections

Aug. 5, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, a correctional officer checks a car entering the main gate of San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Two more inmates at San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco died from what appear to be complications of the coronavirus, corrections officials said Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Two inmates, including a death row inmate, died Sunday at outside hospitals, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

2 California prisoners die of suspected virus complications

Aug. 3, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two more inmates at San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco died from what appear to be complications of the coronavirus, corrections officials said Monday. The inmates, including one on death row, died Sunday at outside hospitals, the California Department of Corrections and...

Inmate stabbed to death at California prison

Aug. 3, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate was stabbed to death at a Central California prison, authorities said Monday. Omar Orane, 40, was attacked by another inmate last Thursday morning at Kern Valley State Prison, according to a statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Guards used...

2 California prisoners die of suspected virus compliactions

Jul. 25, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two more California state prisoners died Friday from what appear to be complications of the coronavirus, corrections officials said. An inmate from San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco and another from Avenal State Prison in Kings County died at outside hospitals, according...

Former Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women inmate Stephanie Parris sits in Market Square on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Roanoke, Va. Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard she’d be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

US prison populations down 8% amid coronavirus outbreak

Jul. 24, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Stephanie Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard she’d be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19. It made her feel bad to leave when she had so few days left at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. She said she...

This June 1, 2018 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows death row inmate Troy A. Ashmus. Another California death row inmate has died from what appears to be complications of the coronavirus amid an outbreak sweeping through San Quentin State Prison. Corrections officials say the 58-year-old Ashmus died Monday, July 20, 2020, at an outside hospital. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Another California death row inmate dies; virus suspected

Jul. 20, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another California death row inmate has died from what appears to be complications of the coronavirus amid an outbreak sweeping through San Quentin State Prison, authorities said Monday. Troy A. Ashmus, 58, died Monday outside of the prison near San Francisco, according to the...

White supremacist on California death row attacks guard

Jul. 17, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A white supremacist gang member on California's death row attacked a guard, who was slashed in the hand, corrections officials said. Todd Givens, 51, tried to cut the neck of a correctional officer who was picking up food trays Thursday morning in a housing unit at San Quentin State...

Another California death row inmate dies; Virus suspected

Jul. 15, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another California death row inmate has died from what appears to be complications of the coronavirus amid an outbreak sweeping through San Quentin State Prison, authorities said Wednesday. Jeffrey J. Hawkins, 64, died Tuesday at a hospital outside of the prison near San Francisco,...

Another California prisoner dies from COVID-19 complications

Jul. 13, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

AVENAL, Calif. (AP) — Another California state prison inmate has died from what appears to be complications of the coronavirus, corrections officials said Monday. The inmate from Avenal State Prison in Central California died Monday at a hospital outside of the facility but no other information was being...

Two guards stabbed at California high-security prison

Jul. 13, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A convicted killer stabbed two guards at a high-security California prison Monday but both were expected to survive, officials said. Correctional officers were releasing inmates into a yard Monday morning at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom when a prisoner who was being...