About 650 new prison inmates are coming to San Francisco over the next year, and many of them won’t be behind bars.
Hoping to push successful rehabilitation strategies not involving incarceration, San Francisco officials announced Tuesday that they want to create a new commission to discuss the issues. Read More
Dozens of accused murderers languish in San Francisco jails as judges struggle to find open courtrooms, prosecutors labor under heavy caseloads and defense attorneys search for witnesses who might prove their client’s innocence.
Meanwhile, memories fade, cases grow years old and victims’ families lose hope for justice. Read More
Last year when California prison guards discovered that mass murderer Charles Manson had obtained a cell phone and made calls and sent messages all over the world, it was graphic evidence of a smuggling epidemic.
Prison personnel confiscate thousands of cell phones from inmates each year, and worry aloud they are being used to plot crimes. But oddly, it is not a crime to smuggle them into prisons or possess them. Read More
WHO: Inmates at California prisons
WHAT: Cell phones are so sleek and in demand that they are easily smuggled into the hands of California prisoners — including the notorious Charles Manson. The man behind one of the most famous series of murders in American history had an LG flip phone under his mattress that he used to call and send text messages to people in California, Florida, New Jersey and British Columbia. Read More
WHO: The Internal Revenue Service
WHAT: A government investigator said nearly 50,000 prison inmates claimed more than $130 million in tax refunds this year without providing any wage information to the IRS. Read More