This just in from Charles Piller:
On Monday, in response to The Bee series, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced a full-scale investigation of the alleged abuses, reversing its previous position. The department will look at claims detailed by The Bee, the apparent cover-up of those claims, and revelations in our series that corrections department experts who urged an investigation apparently were muzzled for years and may have been retaliated against.
On Tuesday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his support for a full probe of the issues raised by The Bee. California Senate leaders vowed to conduct their own investigation, to oversee the corrections department effort, and to ensure that the results are reported to the public.