Laura Newell, Folsom Telegraph
Recently, Folsom State Prison’s medical services were returned to the supervision of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
According to department officials, this was an important step in the long-term transition of full control of medical care back to the state. Over the last nine years, California has invested billions in state prison medical care.
NOTE: The reporter has been informed that Joseph Corey died at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC), not San Quentin.
Jennifer Bonnett, Lodi News-Sentinel
Joseph Corey, the Galt man who gunned down a Sacramento County animal control officer, has died at San Quentin State Prison.
Charlotte Marcum Rush, though, wishes he would have suffered just as her son, Roy Marcum, did that fateful November day.
Jeffrey Hess, Valley Public Radio
Thousands of residents in the valley are working through the process of having their previous felony convictions dropped to misdemeanors. It’s an element of Proposition 47 intended to help provide people with a clean slate and re-integrate more easily back into society. Advocates and the public defender in Merced are working hard to get the word out.
For years, Jesse Oralas lived the life of a drug addict, being homeless and piling up felony drug convictions which made him, in his words, ‘unemployable’.
Move comes as criminal-justice policies place more emphasis on preparing inmates for life beyond bars
Joe Palazzolo, Wall Street Journal
Philanthropy groups and lawmakers are giving college education for prisoners a fresh look, as criminal-justice policies around the country place greater emphasis on preparing inmates for life beyond bars.
If we want to reduce the prison population, ex-offenders need more compassion and understanding from the criminal justice system.
Matt Ferner, Huffington Post
For some prisoners, especially those that have spent years or decades of their lives locked up, getting out comes with a mixture of overwhelming joy and anxiety.
They often want to start over, but don’t know how to achieve that. They need somewhere to live, to work. They need counseling, but have limited resources. Some prisoners are released with only the clothes on their back, $10 to $200 and a bus ticket to the state line. Life on the outside can be a huge challenge -- so hard that many prisoners fail at it and end up back behind bars before long.
In California, San Quentin Prison -- one of the largest prisons in the country -- is offering college-level education to inmates through the Prison University Project, the largest in-prison college program in the California prison system.