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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation
Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.
California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions.
Counties sent 6,044 second-strike offenders and parole violators with new sentences to state prisons during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That represents a 20 percent increase from the 5,038 similar offenders sent to prisons the previous fiscal year, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The department's county-by-county breakdown includes the number of second-strike offenders and parolees each year, the percent change and the number change.
An inmate already sentenced to death for four murders has died while awaiting trial in a fifth slaying.
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for allegedly violating the right of an inmate to practice his religion.