Thursday, April 11, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Nor Cal SWAT teams gather to practice skills
Almendra Carpizo,

OROVILLE — Special weapons and tactics teams from around Northern California gathered Wednesday to share tips, techniques and also train during the third annual North State Regional Joint SWAT Training.

Former LA District Attorney and Prop 34 advocate Gil Garcetti to speak on ending death penalty
Darla Shelden, The City Sentinel

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) has announced that former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Spring Membership and Awards Dinner. The event will be held in Oklahoma City on Saturday, April 20.

District attorney’s murder could mark deadly new chapter for white supremacist gang
Scott Barber, National Post

The murders of Texas district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were simple, carefully orchestrated and could mark a new deadly chapter in the spreading empire of hate and crime by the white supremacist gang the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.


Sacramento State University wants to see if prisoner rehabilitation actually works
University wants to study realignment, but will anyone pay for it?
Raheem F. Hosseini, Sacramento News & Review

We don’t know what we don’t know.

That’s the gist of a Sacramento State University proposal to track how local law-enforcement agencies spend millions in state realignment monies intended to reduce recidivism.

El Monte stabbing suspect caught trying to flee in bus
Man in program for non-violent offenders
Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

EL MONTE - A man who had been released to county supervision due to prison realignment was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to kill another man, police said.


Pelican Bay inmates' suit can proceed

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge has given the go-ahead to a suit by inmates of Pelican Bay State Prison on California's North Coast who are held in isolation for a decade or more in windowless, concrete cells, with no way out, they say, except the potentially lethal choice of turning informant.


Nonprofit yoga studio brings practice into prison system – a Q&A
Karen Wilkinson, Sacramento Press

While much yoga in the West tends to be practiced at studios and parks, or in front of a TV screen with an instructional video playing, one Sacramento studio is bringing the ancient healing practice to those who may need it the most.

California Considers Plan to Put Condoms in Prisons
Jacob Gershman

Six years after then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have authorized California to make condoms available at state prisons, lawmakers are advancing another condom distribution bill.

Mental Illness in California Prisons
New York Times

The article incorrectly states that CDCR’s suicide rate of 24 suicides per 100,000 inmates is twice the national average. The most recent statistics (2010) show the national suicide rate for prisoners is 16 per 100k inmates and the national suicide rate for the public is 15.9 per 100K.

There are about 33,000 mentally ill prisoners in state prisons in California, close to 30 percent of the prison population. The number of suicides in state prisons has soared in recent years, to about 24 suicides per 100,000 inmates a year, a rate nearly twice the national average.


Does Shasta County need a federal takeover?
Bruce Ross,

In a passionately argued piece on the state of health care in California's prisons and the state's attempts to get out from under federal oversight, legal writer Andrew Cohen takes Gov. Jerry Brown to task for casually dismissing the health and especially psychiatric needs of prison inmates. Read the whole thing for a better understanding of why the state's been forced to dramatically overhaul its prison system.