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This April 11, 2018 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Martin Aguilar. Officials at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) are investigating the death of inmate Aguilar as a homicide after he was found dead in his cell on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Inmate dies at California prison; cellmate suspected

Jan. 22, 2021 12:45 AM EST

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) — An inmate at a maximum-security California prison inmate died Thursday and his cellmate is suspected in his death, authorities said. Martin Aguilar, 27, was pronounced dead shortly before 9:30 a.m. after being found in his cell at Pelican Bay State Prison, the state Department...

FILE — In this June 20, 2018, file photo, a pair of inmates wait for medical treatment at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. Attorneys representing California inmates are urging state officials and a federal judge to advance one of every 10 prisoners to the front of the line for coronavirus vaccinations, saying it would help ease the burden on hospitals while helping control outbreaks inside state lockups. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California urged to move inmates to front of vaccine line

Jan. 15, 2021 1:55 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys representing California inmates are urging state and federal officials to advance about 1 of every 10 prisoners to the front of the line for coronavirus vaccinations, saying it would help ease the burden on hospitals while helping control outbreaks inside state lockups....

This Sept. 24, 2018, booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Samuel Little. Little, the man authorities say was the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, has died. He was 80. California corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Little died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. He had been serving a life sentence at a California prison since being convicted of three counts of murder in 2013. (California Department of Corrections via AP)

Man called most prolific serial killer in US history dies

Dec. 31, 2020 10:55 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say was the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, with nearly 60 confirmed victims, died Wednesday in California. He was 80. Samuel Little, who had diabetes, heart trouble and other ailments, died at a California hospital, according to the state Department of...

FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The California Supreme Court ruled Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, that inmates convicted of what the state defines as nonviolent sex crimes cannot be denied a chance at earlier release under a ballot measure approved by nearly two-thirds of voters four years ago. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California court: Sex offenders can qualify for early parole

Dec. 28, 2020 9:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that inmates who have been convicted of nonviolent sex crimes may be eligible for early parole consideration as part of a ballot measure that nearly two-thirds of voters approved of four years ago. “The initiative’s language...

A demonstrator wears a face shield with a red handprint, mimicking blood, to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Protesters also called for the immediate start of COVID-19 vaccinations. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The Latest: Brazil is latest to ban flights from Britain

Dec. 23, 2020 11:09 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has become the latest country to bar flights from the United Kingdom in a bid to prevent contagion from a new strain of the coronavirus. The government announced in an extra edition of the country’s official gazette released late Wednesday that it is temporarily prohibiting...

Virus vaccinations begin at California prison medical site

Dec. 23, 2020 11:41 AM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun at a California prison facility for inmates with special medical needs, the Los Angeles Times reported. Sixty-five inmates and employees of California Health Care Facility, Stockton, volunteered to receive the vaccine Tuesday, said Steve...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, a condemned inmate is led out of his east block cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, that California has sent about $400 million in unemployment benefits to state prison inmates. In all records show 31,000 inmates have applied for benefits and about 20,800 were paid $400 million. A group of local and federal prosecutors said 133 inmates on death row were named in claims. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California paid $400 million in jobless benefits to inmates

Dec. 1, 2020 8:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sent about $400 million in fraudulent unemployment benefit payments to state prisoners, a state official said Tuesday, nearly triple the amount disclosed last week and a number that could grow as a criminal investigation continues. Nine county district attorneys and a...

Guard kills California prisoner during stabbing attack

Nov. 25, 2020 7:59 PM EST

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A guard at a California prison shot and killed an inmate who was trying to kill another prisoner Wednesday, authorities said. Guards used chemical agents and fired three rifle shots to break up the 9 a.m. attack by three inmates on another man at California State Prison, Sacramento in...