Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Marshals: Sex offender, burglar from Kern County arrested in Mexico
Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Mexican law officers arrested a man wanted out of Kern County for burglary and parole violation.

Isaac Alawdi, 32, is a convicted sex offender that was wanted by the state of California on a parole violation. He was wanted by the Kern County Sheriff's Office for a 2012 violent home invasion burglary.


Preliminary Deal Reached On Treatment Of Mentally Ill Inmates
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

California prison officials have reached a preliminary agreement in a lawsuit related to the treatment of mentally ill inmates.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says it’s reached a tentative agreement with attorneys for mentally ill inmates regarding the use of force and segregated housing. The final agreement is expected to be filed in federal court on Friday.

“Note: The text above was published on a webpage to promote an interview on a Capital Public Radio station. The archive audio of the discussion can be found by clicking on the link.”


Monday, July 28, 2014

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California relies on thousands of inmates paid dollars a day to fight raging wildfires
Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

KQED is reporting that nearly half of the firefighters battling the Bully Fire blaze in Shasta County, California are inmates from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The CDCR created a Conservation Camp program in order “to provide the cooperative agencies with an able-bodied, trained work force for fire suppression and other emergencies such as floods and earthquakes.” 

Get On The Bus: Redlands woman accompanying children to Folsom Prison
Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts

REDLANDS- Susan Broderick boarded a charter bus Friday night headed to Folsom State Prison.

The Redlander was one of several volunteers serving as a chaperone for Get On The Bus, a non-profit organization that reunites children with their parents serving time behind bars.
Transportation is offered to participating youth free of charge.

Folsom Prison Visits Reunite Kids and Dads
NBC News

Pharaoh Haywood plays with his daughter Isis, 2, during a "Get On the Bus" visiting day to Folsom State Prison on Saturday.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) organized free bus trips for children and their caregivers to two prisons, as part of an outreach program to reunite children with their incarcerated fathers.

Visit from kids cures Folsom prisoners' blues: Non-profit offering free bus rides for children to see their parents behind bars

Ashley Collman, Reuters

For children growing up with one of their parents in prison, trips to visit mom or dad behind bars can be costly and therefore rare.

Non-profit organization 'Get on the Bus' is working to strengthen these relationships between the incarcerated and their children by offering free buses for the kids to visit their parents in California prisons.

The most recent trip was organized last Saturday to Folsom State Prison, where the young children, hugged, kissed and played with their locked-up parents during visiting hours.


Realignment board was in the dark about treatment center's troubles
$1 million contract approved after Day Reporting Center director quietly suspended
Julia Reynolds, Monterey County Herald

SALINAS - Local officials said Friday they were not told of leadership troubles in a privately run probation and parole treatment center when they approved a $1 million contract for the program earlier this month.

Chief Probation Officer Manuel Real announced at a special meeting Friday that Frank Garbie, director of Monterey County's Day Reporting Center, had been placed on administrative leave and was not expected to return to work.


Vallejo Woman killed, child injured in early morning attack, Saturday

Vallejo parolee arrested
Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, The Reporter

An early morning attack inside a Vallejo home on Saturday left a woman dead, a young child badly injured and a parolee in custody, a Vallejo Police Department spokesman said.

Vallejo police got a call about an assault in the 2000 block of Marin Street just before 2 a.m., Capt. Jim O'Connell said in a press release.

Officers who arrived on the scene found "multiple people within the residence had been assaulted. A 5-year-old child and his 40-year-old mother had been violently attacked," he said.

Alleged sex offender arrested in Milpitas motor home

Milpitas Post

Steven John Lara, a 50-year-old transient, was arrested last week for outstanding felony warrants and for allegedly being in violation of his sexual offender status, Milpitas Police Department reported.

On July 16 at about 7:07 p.m., Milpitas police received information that a wanted parolee, Lara, was inside a parked motor home in a parking lot on the 600 block of East Calaveras Boulevard, police said.


Lawsuits over Valley fever pile up against California’s prison system
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

When Jeremy Romo was packed off to prison in 2012 for illegal possession of a firearm, he says he was as healthy as anyone, a construction worker who ran three miles each weekday and five miles on weekends.

By the time he was released in July 2013, the 34-year-old Manteca man says he had become a physical wreck, unable to run, suffering from joint pain and consigned to a life sentence of taking expensive medications to combat the Valley fever he contracted while in prison.

Study recommends California inmate immunity test
Issues linger especially in Central Valley
KCRA 3 News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

A federal judge last fall ordered the state to move nearly 2,600 susceptible inmates out of Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons because of the deaths and illnesses.


California agencies can’t say if they are meeting water conservation goals

Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

The sprinklers outside the California’s state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused “water stations” at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can’t take them at all.

In ways big and small, the state government is conserving water to try to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s request that everyone — from residents to businesses to state agencies — reduce their use by 20 percent.

Friday, July 25, 2014

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California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters
Alex Helmick, KQED

The Bully Fire, which has burned more than 12,600 acres in Shasta County, is nearly contained. In the two weeks since it ignited, about 2,000 firefighters have battled the blaze. Nearly half of them — 900 — are inmates with the California Department of Corrections. These “low-level offenders” making just $2 a day are a crucial component in how the state battles wildfires.

“First day we was out here it was like 111 or 115 and that’s not including the fire,” says Emir Dunn. His orange fire suit swamps his slender body, but don’t be fooled by his size. Like most inmate firefighters he lugs more than 100 pounds of gear with him: an axe, food, water, fuel for the chainsaw.


Prison mental health panel gets interim director

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An interim director has been appointed to help guide the work of a council that advises California agencies on mental health treatment for residents at risk of incarceration.

Nathan Stanley was named to the post Thursday after the members of the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders told The Associated Press they couldn't meet the council's legal obligations without staff help.


State senator: Redding toughest location for crime
Vienna Montague, KRCR

REDDING, Calif. - California State Senator Ted Gaines calls Redding one of the cities hardest hit by prison realignment in the state.

The senator got a brief look at the Shasta County Jail Thursday from Sheriff Tom Bosenko, followed by a more extensive tour along with Assemblyman Brian Dahle later that afternoon.

When asked whether prison realignment, also known as AB 109, has affected Redding more than other cities in his district, Senator Gaines had a sobering answer.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Report: California among national leaders in cutting prison population and crime
Rina Palta, KPCC

In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent — both over the national average, according to a new report by the Sentencing Project.

The group, which advocates for sentencing reform, found that during 2006-2012, the national violent crime rate dropped by about 19 percent, while the nationwide state imprisonment rate (meaning not including federal prisons and local jails) fell 1 percent. The property crime rate in California also fell, but less than the national average (13 versus 15 percent).

Inmate reductions not found to lead to more crime
Bob Egelko, SF Gate ‎

California, New York and New Jersey have led the nation in reducing their prison population in recent years, while their crime rates also declined, according to a study released Wednesday.

In fact, the Sentencing Project reported, the rates of violent crimes in all three states have fallen faster than the national average. Property crimes also declined in the three states, though slightly less in California than the average decline nationwide.


Lawsuit tests racial policy at California prisons
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal judge said Wednesday that he will consider whether California's policy of locking up prisoners by race violates the constitutional rights of the roughly 125,000 male inmates within the state prison system.

U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley of Sacramento granted class-action status in a lawsuit challenging the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's policy of locking all inmates of a particular race in their cells after a fight involving any member of that racial group.

California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times 

A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment.

Prison officials acknowledge they respond to outbreaks of violence by ordering sanctions, including sweeping lockdowns, that can last for months. They say every inmate is assigned a race or ethnic code: black, Hispanic, white or other, and at some prisons, inmates live in cells where their race is denoted by color-coded signs.

LA Times Sues California for Info on Murder Suspect-Parolees
Elizabeth Warmerdam, Courthouse News Service

 SACRAMENTO (CN) - The Los Angeles Times sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for records on two registered sex offenders who are accused of raping and murdering four women while on parole.

 Los Angeles Times Communications claims the records will "shed light on shortcomings" in the prison department's supervision of parolees.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Incentive program encourages good behavior in prison
Corey Pride, Merced Sun-Star

Three months into a new program that gives inmates incentive to behave well, Valley State Prison is reporting an uptick in morale and fewer incidents that would lead to prisoners being transferred to other facilities.

“Reaction is very positive, guys don’t want to leave,” said Greg Bergersen, the prison’s public information officer.

Prison gives update at citizens advisory committee
Jack Barnwell, Tehachapi News

California Correctional Institution's officials provided a overall snapshot of the the state facility's status during the quarterly Citizen's Advisory Committee on July 15.

According to Joseph Gutierrez, chief deputy warden for the prison's Facilities A and B, the state Inspector General's office had just wrapped up an audit of CCI's educational blue print.
“So far, there's been no negative feedback,” Gutierrez said.


No Parole for Sonoma County's 2002 Attempted-Murder-By-Machete Inmate
Susan C. Schena, Patch

A man convicted of burglary and attempted murder and mayhem with a machete has been denied parole by The California Board of Prison Terms, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

Ray Allen Mays, 38, was convicted in April 2003 and sentenced to four years plus life in prison, District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.

He entered a married couple's apartment in a complex where he previously worked off Airport Boulevard north of Santa Rosa in the middle of the night on Feb. 23, 2002, Ravitch said.

Man convicted in SDSU co-ed's death to be paroled

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A sex offender who pleaded guilty to killing a San Diego State University co-ed will soon be out of prison.

John Steven Burgess was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of 19-year-old Donna Jou in 2007, but her family still believes it was murder.

Burgess was released from prison in 2011 after serving two and a half years for involuntary manslaughter in Jou's death. He pleaded guilty in 2009, and told the judge Donna had accidentally overdosed on drugs at his home in Los Angeles. He claimed he panicked, and used his sailboat to dump her body in the ocean.


Dan Walters: California’s death penalty dying of old age
Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee

During the last four decades, no California political issue has burned more intensely than capital punishment, but it may have ended with a whimper, rather than with a bang, last week.

Federal Judge Cormac Carney ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional because it’s rarely used – thanks largely to ceaseless legal challenges from its opponents, one should note.



Park agencies, landowners gird for fire season
Jamie Hansen, The Press Democrat

The residents of Bennett Ridge, a community situated on a steep, wooded hillside on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, live with the specter of wildfire this time of year. Like many in Sonoma County near the edge of forests or pastures, they watch the grass turn matchstick dry as the summer wears on and wonder what the days ahead may hold, recalling the devastating blazes of years past.

“There's lots of trees, and the fires just rush up these hills,” said Merilee Jensen, who lives on the ridge between Bennett Valley Road and Annadel State Park. She remembered watching flames, started near Bennett Valley Road by an arsonist, race up the hillside toward her home about 20 years ago.