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Governor Moves to ‚ÄėTransform‚Äô San Quentin as State‚Äôs Prison Population Shrinks


San Quentin housed California’s death row for decades. Now Gavin Newsom wants the prison to emphasize rehabilitation and helping inmates re-enter society.

How Does the County Balance Public Safety?


Community and police leaders came together to discuss public safety at a panel hosted by San José Spotlight to address questions over policing and accountability, as law enforcement agencies try to de-escalate their response levels and work toward outcomes that don't end in tragedy.

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Sheriff investigates fentanyl exposures at jail

From Bay City News Service Santa Clara County Sheriff Robert Jonsen is drawing attention to a rash of fentanyl overdoses and exposures at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas, he said in a release on Wednesday. Thirteen inmates and two …

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Fentanyl Overdoses at Elmwood Jail Prompt Sheriff to Begin Investigation, Add More Searches

To combat the presence of fentanyl in the correctional facility, Jonsen said he has taken ‚Äúextraordinary‚ÄĚ measures, including conducting multiple facility searches, more frequent welfare checks and numerous K-9 searches.

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Neighborhood Surveillance Cams Helped Cops Nab PG&E Bombing Suspect

A three-month investigation ended last week when police arrested Peter Karasev, 36, on suspicion of bombing transformers on Thornwood Drive in December and on Snell Avenue in January.

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Santa Clara Supervisors Want Sheriff to Increase Gun Buyback Program

In the wake of recent gun violence, Santa Clara County leaders voted Tuesday to improve the county's gun buyback and relinquishment program. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is asking the sheriff's office to hold two regularly scheduled gun …

Image caption: The AB 3121 Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans meets in Oakland on Dec. 14, 2022.
Reparations Task Force Seeks More Than Dollars

The task force members are discussing monetary and nonmonetary reparations ideas to compensate for slavery and racism. Some say they want policies to prevent future harms against Black Californians.

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San José Reports No Citations under New Gun Law, and Gun Fees Are Months Away

The city had estimated that the $25 fees would yield $1.3 million, to be collected by a non-profit foundation established to distribute all fee revenue to community-based programs focused on reducing gun violence. That revenue estimate was based on 100% …

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SCOTUS Takes on Section 230, the Online Free Speech Law

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments in a potential landmark case that could roll back Section 230, the 27-year-old law that protects free speech on social media and other online platforms. Which way were the justices leaning?

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Santa Clara Man Faces Felony Charge for Actions at Jan. 6 Attack on U.S. Capitol

In the 24 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 950 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 284 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law …

Image caption: Has Google established a monopoly over online advertising? The feds say yes.
DOJ Lawsuit Seeks To Force Google to Sell Ad Service

Google may be forced to sell off its $200 billion online advertising service if a new lawsuit by the federal Department of Justice claiming that Google acts as a monopoly succeeds.

Image caption: Memorial dedicated to the victims of the May 2022  mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Gun Violence is a Public Health Crisis

State and local officials are still asking law enforcement to prevent gun violence. Community leaders believe gun violence should be treated as a public health crisis, and incorporate prevention strategies that address the social factors in areas most at risk.

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