California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


Charles Manson Has Been Removed from Prison and Hospitalized

A source told TMZ "it's just a matter of time."
River Donaghey

What It's Like to Be a Female Firefighter in California Prison

"I love the cutting, I love the chainsaw, I love being on the mountains. It's one of the places where you feel free. You feel like you're giving back."
Lauren Lee White

In the Face of Drought, California Prisons Are Restricting Inmates' Shower and Toilet Use

As part of drought controls imposed across California, inmates in the state's overcrowded prison system—some of whom depend on showers to wash their clothes—are feeling the difference.
Jessica Pishko

Why Are So Many Sex Offenders Getting Murdered in California's Prisons?

One inmate says that prison gangs and even guards team up to assault and sometimes kill sex offenders.
Seth Ferranti

We Called a California Inmate to Talk About Illegal Smartphones in Prisons

He broke down how much the devices cost, their availability, how they get in, what they're being used for, and the consequences of getting caught with one.
Seth Ferranti

​Why California Parolees Are Sending Themselves Back to Jail

Drug smuggling is su​rging at many California county jails thanks in part to gang members getting pinched on purpose for minor offenses so they can take part in the lucrative contraband trade.
Seth Ferranti

California Wants to Reduce Prison Overcrowding, Yet Keeps Women Locked Up

In 2011, California introduced a program that gives low-level female prisoners a way to go home and care for their families, with the added benefit of reduced overcrowding in penitentiaries. The problem: few eligible inmates are permitted to take...
Jessica Pishko

How California's Prisons Are Making It Harder for Inmates to Organize and Protest

A whole bunch of prison newsletters are about to be declared "obscene" and banned.
Charlotte Silver