Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Daily Corrections Clips


Acting secretary appointed for California prisons
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—An acting secretary has been named to head the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation until a permanent new chief is selected.

CDCR implementing its new gang management reforms
"Security Threat Group Identification, Prevention and Management" is now the department's official policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is now implementing a pilot program that will reduce long-term confinement in Security Housing Units (SHU) and overhaul the way gangs are managed. The "Security Threat Group Identification, Prevention and Management" pilot program was approved and certified by the Office of Administrative Law on October 18, 2012 and filed with the Secretary of State. It is now the department's official policy and enabled CDCR to begin conducting case-by-case reviews of inmates in segregated housing.


Prison Rehab Programs on the Rise
Kyung-Jin Lee, KALW

In California, last week’s vote was in many ways a referendum on our criminal justice system. Voters rejected Proposition 34, and so the state’s death penalty will remain in place. But Californians also amended the so-called three strikes law, so that nonviolent offenders are less likely to spend their whole lives in prison. That second vote suggests that voters may be starting to think more about rehabilitation than punishment.  

Prop. 36 Will Release Felons from Prison. But Who?
Laird Harrison, KQED

Passing with 68% of the vote last Tuesday, Proposition 36 softened California’s controversial three strikes law, one of the toughest sentencing rules in the country.


Inmate killed by guard at High Desert State Prison
San Francisco Chronicle

SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — State officials say a correctional officer fatally shot an inmate who was stabbing another inmate at a maximum-security prison in Lassen County.


Eliminating oversight for some parolees has mixed response
Nannette Miranda, ABC7

SACRAMENTO, CA - This week, the California Department of Corrections of Rehabilitation will begin reviewing the files of more than 9,000 parole violators who have outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Many paroled sex offenders removing GPS tracking devices

OAKLAND, Calif. — Few criminals get people more on edge than sex offenders, but now it appears that some sex offenders who are still on parole have flouted the terms of their release, even going so far as to cut off their GPS tracking devices.

Registered Sex Offender's Whereabouts Unknown
Kern Radio Newstalk 1180

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Melvin Foley Jr.   Foley Jr. is a registered sex offender and parolee at large. He is on parole for child molestation.


Madera surgeon wins $3.3M suit against state
The Business Journal

A surgeon who provided surgical services at two Chowchilla women's prisons was awarded $3.3 million in his lawsuit against California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Evaluation: Ex-convict who shot co-workers at California plant had ‘explosive disorder’
Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. — Employees at a California chicken-processing plant returned to work Thursday as new information surfaced about the psychological history of the ex-convict who police say shot four of his co-workers before killing himself.