Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Daily Corrections Clips


AP NewsBreak: Prisons Agree to End Race Policy
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence.

Officers have frequently locked inmates in their cells based on which races were involved in the riot, even if individual inmates of that race were not directly implicated.

The agreement to end the practice is spelled out in a 21-page settlement involving a lawsuit first filed in 2008. The agreement says future lockdowns may not be imposed or lifted based on race or ethnicity.


Man who killed Napa girl in 1986 loses parole bid
Kerana Todorov, Napa Valley Register

A man sent to prison as a teenager for the 1986 murder of a 12-year-old Napa girl will remain incarcerated after losing a bid to be released on parole.

Michael Turnipseed will not be eligible for parole for the next 15 years, the parole board ruled last week after a morning-long hearing at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego. His next hearing will be scheduled no later than Oct. 17, 2029, according to the California Department of Corrections.

TEMECULA: Parole for driver in 1992 fatal crash vacated

The man convicted of killing six in a 1992 crash near Temecula Valley High School will remain in prison awaiting a new parole hearing.
John Hunneman, The Press-Enterprise

The California Parole Board has voided its decision to grant parole to Jesus Sandoval Macias, who was convicted of killing six people in a June 1992 traffic collision near Temecula Valley High School.

The decision came after a hearing held Tuesday in Sacramento where board members received information about a prison fight involving Macias that took place about two weeks after the decision was made to grant his parole petition.


Joe Garza: Officers just say no to Prop. 47
Joe Garza, The Fresno Bee

Unlike what its title suggests, the passage of Proposition 47 will create neither safe neighborhoods nor safe schools.

Proposition 47 would automatically reduce current felonies to misdemeanors, hampering the efforts


GAO report undermines prison savings claims
The Oklahoman

One argument for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is that Oklahoma could “save” money by shifting costs to the federal government, including payment for the care of inmates in prisons. A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office indicates this claim is overstated.

Under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, the federal government will supposedly cover at least 90 percent of costs for those added to the program (although less for those currently eligible). This expansion group would include most prison inmates. Currently, state government pays all the costs of medical care for inmates. This is one reason a Leavitt Partners study predicted that the Oklahoma Department of Corrections would save $118 million through Medicaid expansion.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Oct. 30: Worksource Center Hosts Correctional Peace Officer Recruitment

The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center is partnering with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to host a Correctional Peace Officers recruitment on Thursday, October 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center, located at the College of the Canyons’ University Center in Suite 250, at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road.

The free recruitment will identify candidates to fill 6,000 available positions over the next three years. Correctional Peace Officers for the CDCR receive excellent benefits including a paid 16-week training academy with a $3,050 monthly salary. Upon completing the academy, officers can earn from $3,774 to $6,389 monthly.


Parolee bitten by police dog during warrant service


SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A wanted parolee was bitten by a police dog during a warrant service in El Cajon Tuesday.

US Marshals say officers from the Fugitive Crimes Task Force were moving to take the man into custody just before noon Tuesday morning in an apartment on Chase Avenue.


Guest commentary: Prop. 47 begins to right some of injustices of the past

Harlan Grossman, Contra Costa Times

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote these words in his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," in which he says that there is no "sideline" to injustice -- we all are interconnected and have a moral obligation to correct wrongs.

I have subscribed to this belief in my nearly four decades of working in the criminal justice system: six years as a Special Agent of the FBI; nine years as a local and national prosecutor; 21 years as a municipal and superior court judge; and the last three years advocating for smarter justice policies.

Vote NO on Proposition 47
The Sentinel

Please join your Fresno County law enforcement leaders and vote NO on Proposition 47.

The organization leading the campaign in support of Proposition 47 is the “Californians for Safe Neighborhoods and Schools”; however, the passage of Proposition 47 will not create safer neighborhoods or safer schools. Prop. 47 will automatically reduce many current felonies to misdemeanors, and thus hamper the wishes of law-abiding Californians who want to see criminals held accountable for their crimes.


Finding Hope After Prison
An East Bay writer and social justice advocates document the struggles and accomplishments of formerly incarcerated people.
Sam Levin, East Bay Express

Yema Lee grew up surrounded by crime in West Oakland. Members of her family started selling cocaine and heroin when she was eleven years old. At twelve, she committed her first burglary. Lee, now 41, spent a total of eight years in jail and prison during her twenties and thirties. Each time she was released, it seemed impossible not to return.

"When you come out of prison and jail, it's like starting all over again," she said in a recent interview. "It's like they've got a leash or a choke chain on you. ... And I never had anything or anyone to go back to."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


LA Forum Encourages Employers to Hire Former Offenders
Anna Buss, Pasadena Independent

Last month, the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) hosted the Los Angeles Employer Forum at LATTC, encouraging business owners to hire trained former offenders.

Also partnering with this event are the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, The City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department and the California Workforce Investment Board.

Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Michele Minor, 53, of Galt, has been appointed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Board of Parole Hearings. Minor has been project manager at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center since 2013 and has served in several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 1985, including deputy director at the Office of Rehabilitative Programs, program administrator at the Stockton Training Center, lieutenant at the Division of Juvenile Justice, sergeant at the California Youth Authority and officer at the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility. This position requires Senate confirmation the compensation is $117,504. Minor is a Democrat.


HUNNEMAN: Decision to parole Macias in 1992 fatal crash to be reviewed
A parole review will occur after the man, who killed six in 1992 collision near Temecula Valley High School, was involved in a prison fight.
John Hunneman, The Press-Enterprise

The decision by the California Parole Board to grant the petition of a man convicted of killing six people in a horrific collision near Temecula Valley High School in 1992 will be reviewed.

The review – set for Tuesday in Sacramento – comes after Jesus Sandoval Macias, 38, was involved in a prison fight Sept. 16.


Prisons balk at Sovaldi’s $84,000 cost for hepatitis C treatment

Stephanie M. Lee and Joe Garofoli, The San Francisco Chronicle

In San Francisco’s jails, no inmates with hepatitis C are receiving Sovaldi, the breakthrough pill that can cure most patients in an unprecedented amount of time.

In California’s prisons, the drug, made by Gilead Sciences of Foster City, is being given to less than 1 percent of the 17,000 inmates with the virus.

Sovaldi could wipe out what has long been an intractable disease. But its $84,000 cost for a 12-week supply doesn’t fit into lean government budgets.

The Rehabilitation of California’s Ballot Measure

Vauhini Vara, The New Yorker

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s prisons, which were then at nearly two-hundred-per-cent capacity, were so overcrowded that detaining anyone in them was a form of cruel and unusual punishment and a violation of constitutional rights. The state legislature passed a law, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown, requiring that sentences for certain low-level felonies be served in county jails rather than state prisons; today, the prisons house about a hundred and seventeen thousand inmates, down twenty per cent from this time four years ago. But California prisons still contain many more people than they were built for and more than the courts will allow; the state has been given until 2016 to bring its population down to 137.5 per cent of its capacity.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Major 500lb. Meth Bust Linked to Mexican Cartel

Highland Community News

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the takedown of a transnational criminal organization based in Contra Costa County, including the arrest of 22 individuals and the seizure of 500 pounds of methamphetamine and over $700,000 in U.S. Currency.

The takedown, named Operation Road Trip, represents the culmination of several related investigations targeting California-based Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) connected to Mexico’s Sinaloa Federation drug cartel. These investigations, which were led by California Department of Justice task forces that include federal, state and local law enforcement partners, have to date, resulted in 67 arrests and the seizure of $40 million of methamphetamine and $1.82 million in U.S. Currency over the past six years.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Californians Vote on Lighter Penalties to Relieve Prisons
Michael B Marois, Bloomberg

California voters are being asked to lighten criminal penalties for low-level drug possession and nonviolent thefts such as shoplifting, to help ease crowding in the state’s prisons.

Support for the ballot initiative is uniting billionaires on opposite ends of the political spectrum, from financier George Soros and Netflix Inc. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings to Republican donor B. Wayne Hughes Jr., son of the founder of Public Storage, the largest self-storage business.

UCSC professor honored for prison research
Solitary confinement worsens mental health, says Craig Haney
Kara Guzman, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ- For nearly 30 years, UC Santa Cruz psychology professor Craig Haney has toured U.S. prisons, interviewing around 1,000 inmates kept in solitary confinement.

Haney will deliver a public lecture in April on his research, an honor bestowed by the UCSC Academic Senate. He will be among several recognized Oct. 25 at UCSC's Founders Day dinner.

New Los Angeles Program Working To Divert Mentally Ill, Homeless From Jail

Stephanie Stephens, California Healthline

LOS ANGELES -- Court. Jail. Homelessness. Repeat. That cycle so familiar to many Californians with mental illnesses may soon be interrupted thanks to the new Third District Diversion and Alternative Sentencing Program in Los Angeles County.

Designed for adults who are chronically homeless, seriously mentally ill, and who commit specific misdemeanor and low-level felony crimes, the demonstration project could help reduce recidivism by as much as two-thirds, Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said.


15 people arrested in compliance check sweep in Indio
Rich Tarpening, KESQ

Indio -Indio Police say 15 people were arrested during a compliance check sweep operation on Thursday.  According to a news release sent out on Friday, Indio Police confirm they teamed up with P.A.C.T  (Post-Release Accountability and Compliance Team) and conducted the operation.

Approximately 72 law enforcement personnel participated in the operation. The operation resulted in compliance checks of 67 locations and the arrest of 15 individuals.  Drugs, drug paraphernalia, weapons, and stolen property were recovered as a result of the operation.


Why Alabama can't pull a California and wait for the feds to force prison reform: opinion
Wesley Vaughn,

Alabama's prison overcrowding is such a hot topic right now because of the recent federal intervention in California. Alabama's prisons have hovered around 200 percent capacity for years, but California's situation and a declaration of unconstitutional conditions at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in January by federal officials have brought the state's prison problem to the forefront.

Although the state legislature created the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force to propose legislation during the next session, letting the feds force the issue could be politically convenient for legislators whose constituents do not care much for prisoners.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Solano College approves agreement with prison
John Glidden, Vallejo Times Herald

With unanimous approval by the Solano Community College Governing Board Wednesday night, the district will begin teaching academic transfer curriculum to inmates, taught by district faculty.

The agreement between the district and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California State Prison-Solano will allow inmate students to earn college credit but also have access to counseling, placement, and disability support services, according to a district press release.


State prisons on the right path: Stay the course

SACRAMENTO, Jeffrey Callison, Press secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: The Register says “California should get serious about fixing prisons” [Opinion, Oct. 9]. The fact is, California has been working hard for years towards making its prison system a national model.

Yes, our institutions were once chronically crowded. But thanks to smart policy decisions, intense focus and billions of dollars of investment, California’s prisons are very different today.


California agencies at odds over counting new crimes

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general has released a statewide definition of recidivism — a term used for ex-cons who commit new crimes — that conflicts with one being developed by a corrections-related board overseen by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The disagreement is important because it will help determine whether the governor's sweeping changes to the criminal justice system are considered a success. The emerging conflict also has the potential to create confusion among California's local law enforcement agencies.


‘Perhaps less than Shakespeare’
Duncan Hall, The Argus

CALIFORNIA prisoners can read werewolf erotica in their cells following a two-year court case about a novel penned by a Brighton-based writer.

Now Mathilde Gregory is telling her story as part of the Brighton Comedy Fringe, from the genesis of The Silver Crown – the second in her werewolf erotica trilogy published by Black Lace – to the judgement which was reported across the world.