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Dying Inmate's Diary Reveals Lack of Medical Care

He had cancer but was only given Tylenol

(Newser) - A Vermont inmate who died of cancer at a Pennsylvania prison wrote in a diary that he repeatedly asked for medical care but was denied and given ibuprofen and Tylenol for his pain. Sixty-eight-year-old Roger Brown died Oct. 15 at the state prison in Camp Hill, Penn. The Pennsylvania Department... More »

Supreme Court: California Must Release 46K Inmates

Upholds federal panel's decision on poor prison conditions

(Newser) - In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has upheld a panel’s order that California release 46,000 inmates over the next two years to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. In 2009, a three-judge panel called on the state to reduce its prison population to 137% of capacity; overcrowding was... More »

Gov. Jerry Brown Packs Heat

He's got three guns and a dog, he boasts to law enforcement

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown might have a reputation as a slightly whacked-out lefty, but he apparently packs heat occasionally—just like his more conservative countrymen. Brown revealed before a slightly stunned press corps that he owns not one, but three, guns. He divulged no other facts, and his spokeswoman declined... More »

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