Jail

S.F. County Jail Is Too Much Like A Penitentiary
Pierre Salinger
In a supplementary article to the California County Jails Expose, Chronicle reporter Salinger visits another San Francisco county jail in San Bruno that is designed in a similar manner to the state's stark and sprawling maximum-security penitentiaries.
Degradation in Stinking Cells
Pierre Salinger
In a supplementary article to the California County Jails Expose, Chronicle reporter Pierre Salinger visits (not undercover) Santa Clara County Jail at San Jose, known as the worst jail in California.
County Prisoners Work, Go to School, Eat Well.
Pierre Salinger
In a supplementary article to the California County Jails Expose, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Pierre Salinger writes about an exceptional farm jail called the Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center run by Captain Clarence S. of the Almeda County jail.
In the Pre-Dawn, a Man is Marked Up for Life
Pierre Salinger
In the seventh and final installment to the California Jails Expose series, Chronicle reporter Pierre Salinger describes being woken by the screams of a man being beaten before going on to detail the inmates' morning ritual at Kern County Jail at Bakersfield.
Reporter 'Does Time' at Bakersfield, Again Finds Bad Food, Overcrowding
Pierre Salinger
In the sixth installment to the California Jails Expose series, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Pierre Salinger describes his first day and night at the second jail he gained access to: Kern County Jail at Bakersfield.
One of the Best—but: No Medical Care, Not Enough Rehabilitation
Pierre Salinger
In a second supplementary article to the California County Jails Expose, Salinger provides a more in-depth look at Honor Rancho county jail, including some of its fall-backs.
Pierre Salinger
In a supplementary article to the California County Jails Expose, Pierre Salinger reports on his visit to an L.A. county "jail farm," where inmates work the land and care for the livestock.
Pierre Salinger
In the fifth installment to the California Jails Expose series, Salinger describes instances of extortion that are commonplace in California's County jails.
Pierre Salinger
In the fourth installment to the California Jails Expose series, Salinger profiles Al, a young inmate he meets at San Joaquin County jail.
Reporter Tells How Cellmate Blew His Top
Pierre Salinger
In the third installment to the California Jails Expose series, Pierre Salinger describes a fight he witnesses while at San Joaquin County Jail.
A Reporter's Inside Story
Pierre Salinger
In his second article in his series for the Chronicle, Salinger reports on his first night spent in jail as he awaits his trial.
Exclusive: Inside California's Jails. Brutality ... Crowded Cells. Chronicle Reporter Does Time: Shocking Account
Pierre Salinger
J.D. Salinger's first article for the San Francisco Chronicle about his time spent undercover in 2 California jails.
William Hart
Although he did not go undercover, Detroit Free Press reporter William Hart gained extensive access to L.A.'s Central Jail, resulting in this in-depth look at the sheer logistics it takes to administer to such a large inmate population.
The Soledad 'Games'
Tim Findley
In the fourth installment of the "Behind Prison Bars" series, Findley reports about the complicated interrelationship between the correctional officers, inmate counselors and the inmates themselves. It features interviews with members of each group, as they address their role in prison life, what is expected of them and how these expectations have changed over time.
Soledad's 'Hole' - A Setting for Death, Revenge
Tim Findley
The third article in the "Behind Prison Bars" series talks about the history of violence in Soledad Prison's "adjustment centers" also called "the hole," where the facility's most violent inmates are segregated. In addition to including the reactions of both inmates and guards to the recent violence, the article also features an interview with Cal McEndree, the well-respected director of Soledad's adjustment centers, who speaks about the difficulties of reducing violence in the prison.
Cons' Main Street
Tim Findley
In Findley's second contribution, a collection of anecdotes of day-to-day life on the inside drawn from his stay in Soledad prison. He pays considerable attention to the physical space of the prison itself in addition to describing his interactions with other inmates and sketching colorful pictures of fellow inmates.
Reporter's Story: 'I'm in Soledad'; Serving Time with the Cons; 'We're Dead Men Here'
Tim Findley
Findley's first article about his experiencing living in California's Soledad prison for a week. As the excerpt suggests, he did not masquerade as an inmate but lived among the inmates nonetheless.
Men Who Shouldn't Be There
Charles Howe
A detailed article exploring what is wrong with California's corrections system and how officials and others associated with the Department of Corrections think it should be changed.
Problems of Parolees
Charles Howe
An article drawing attention to the difficulties parolees face after being released from prison, especially in California, whose parole system is ill-equipped to deal with the state's 19,000 parolees.
More Violence At Quentin -- Convict Slain
Jim Brewer
An article about the continued violence at San Quentin Prison, where one person was killed and four others injured in just a 24-hour period.
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