• San Quentin prison fined more than $400,000 after deadly Covid-19 outbreak

    San Quentin State Prison, where a deadly coronavirus outbreak was reported last summer, has been fined more than $400,000 by the California Department of Industrial Relation’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health for workplace safety violations. According to the notification of penalty issued Monday, the prison, California’s oldest, failed to report coronavirus illnesses or deaths of employees. Nearly […]

  • Program Puts Inmates on Track to Receive Bachelors’ Degrees

    NORCO (CNS) – A new program offered through Claremont Colleges is providing prisoners at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco with access to four-year bachelor degree opportunities, via livestreamed classes that traditional students also attend. The “Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA” at Pitzer College in Claremont is focused on giving incarcerated individuals the means to acquire liberal arts […]

  • Three Felons Arrested in Fatal Attack on Fellow Prisoner in Banning

    BANNING (CNS) – Prosecutors are weighing charges against three inmates at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, who are accused of fatally beating a fellow prisoner. According to sheriff’s officials, Moreno Valley residents Jason Lynn Barton, 43, and Richard Hampton, 37, are accused with Aaron Allen Aubrey, 26, of Riverside, in the Sept. 8 death […]

  • Inmate Fire Crew Saves Largest Oak Tree in North America

    Whenever we see wildfires in California, the biggest priority is always to save lives and property but for the Apple Fire, there was an unusual challenge: to save what some call a “national treasure”. It’s called the Champion Oak Tree and the name says it all. The tree is estimated to be between 800 and […]

  • Hemet Chief: `Serious Offenders’ Being Released from Prison into Community

    HEMET (CNS) – Hemet Police Department Chief Eddie Pust said Wednesday hardened criminals will be paroled early under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus emergency releases and crime will rise in the city and elsewhere as a result. “Communities throughout California were told that decompression measures are taking place in the California prison system to provide health […]

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