Latest California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation News

California board OKs parole of ex-Mexican Mafia killer

Jul. 19, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California parole officials have approved the release of a notorious former Mexican Mafia prison gang leader who has been cooperating with law enforcement for nearly 20 years. Two consecutive governors previously blocked parole for Rene “Boxer”...

Condemned sex offender dies at 74 in prison infirmary

Jul. 06, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old sex offender who had been on death row for more than 40 years for the killing of a woman he had raped died while awaiting execution, corrections officials said Wednesday. Harvey Heishman died in San Quentin State Prison’s infirmary on...

Judge: Arizona violates prisoners’ rights with poor care

Jul. 01, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ruled Arizona has been violating the constitutional rights of incarcerated people in state-run prisons by providing them with inadequate medical and mental health care, saying the state has known about the problem for years but refused to correct its failures. ...

California prison lifer rearrested after mistaken release

Jun. 09, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

A man who was serving a life sentence for carjacking and armed robbery was mistakenly freed from a Northern California jail for more than 13 hours before was rearrested Thuresday afternoon, authorities said. Shaquile Lash, 28, was released from the Sacramento County Main Jail at...