San Quentin State Prison

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, is an entryway to the main courtyard and cellblocks at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California plans death row mental health unit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Responding to a federal court order, California prison officials plan to build a mental health unit for condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The […]


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Problems persist in CA prison mental health ward

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Although California has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to improve psychiatric treatment for convicts, the biggest mental health unit in the state prison system for high security inmates remains in […]


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Calif. death row inmate who killed 2 deputies dies

  SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — An inmate on California’s death row for the 1997 killing of two Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has died at San Quentin State Prison. The California Department of Corrections and […]


From left, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, of musical Metallica, attend the "Metallica Through the Never" press line on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 19, 2103 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Metallica reveals intense footage from new 3D film

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A riot in the streets, a public hanging, bloody handprints, car crashes, a police officer being drowned and giant coffins above the stage — “Metallica Through The Never” is not your […]


Convicted killer, Richard Rameriz, aka the Night Stalker, in 1989. (AP Photo)

Cancer killed serial killer Richard Ramirez

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Coroner’s officials say a form of cancer killed the serial killer known as the Night Stalker who terrorized Southern California in the mid-1980s. Richard Ramirez died June 7 at age 53 […]


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A correspondent recalls the bizarre Night Stalker trial

The man dubbed “The Night Stalker” who terrorized the Southland back in the 1980s has died. Richard Ramirez died of liver failure this morning. Correspondent Linda Deutsch covered the case and the trial over 25 […]


Calif. voters retain death penalty despite costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California voters have decided to retain the death penalty for the state’s worst criminals, rejecting the argument that too few death row inmates are executed to justify the cost. Nearly complete […]


Voters to decide fate of death penalty

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Proposition 34 on today’s ballot would replace the death penalty in California with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The initiative would apply retroactively to inmates sentenced to death and […]


Poll: Support up for ending Calif. death penalty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Support is growing to end California’s death penalty, but backers of an initiative on Tuesday’s ballot still lack the majority needed to pass it, according to a Field Poll released Friday. […]


Calif. death penalty opponents say it's too costly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Death penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-strapped state just can’t afford it. Voters in the state with the nation’s […]




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