Thursday, April 18, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR RELATED

EASTVALE: Fundraiser will benefit correctional officer
Sandra Stokley, Press Enterprise


A fundraiser to benefit the family of Eastvale resident Sgt. Gilbert Cortez will be held on Thursday, April 18, at the On the Border restaurant at the Eastvale Gateway shopping center.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS


Mental Health Facility Opens for California Inmates
Correctional News

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo will open a mental health facility for inmates in order to address serious federal concerns of malpractice in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Pressed for time
Work on the 1.2M-square-foot prison health care facility in Stockton is proceeding rapidly ahead of July opening
Reed Fujii, Recordnet.com


STOCKTON - Ron Rackley is a man on a very tight deadline.
As warden of the new California Health Care Facility still under construction in southeast Stockton, in 90 days, give or take, he's got to be ready to welcome his first patient-inmates.
 

Brown Given Stern Deadline to Fix Overcrowding
Correctional News


Note: Contrary to what is stated in the first sentence below, the federal Three-Judge Panel did not give the state 21 days to further reduce the prison population. The court gave the state 21 days to produce a plan to show how it would further reduce the prison population. 


WASHINGTON — California Governor Jerry Brown has been given 21 days to reduce the number of inmates from the state’s 33 correctional facilities or will be held in contempt, according to federal judges.

DEATH PENALTY

Judges silent on hearing on execution ban

UPI.com

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 (UPI) -- California appellate judges had little to say in arguments on whether the state could resume death-row executions despite failing to follow approved procedures.

REALIGNMENT


Prison realignment panel backs reimbursements
The Times-Standard


The Humboldt County Community Corrections Partnership executive committee at its Wednesday meeting approved a County Administrative Office request for a one-time $197,206 reimbursement from state-provided funds to replace lost parolee jail housing state revenue.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


Hemet: Deputies scuffle with alleged combative pursuit suspect

swrnn.com

A parolee allegedly fought with sheriff’s deputies today at the end of a chase in Hemet triggered when they tried to take him into custody.

OPINION

As police departments are cut, crime climbs
Kelly McMillin, Capitol Weekly

Note: Contrary to what is stated in the opinion piece below, the number of budgeted positions at CDCR has fallen by several thousand in recent years.

When someone is in danger, or has been the victim of a crime, they call the police.  Law enforcement’s ability to respond to these calls is a function of capacity—the number of police officers available to respond when those calls to 911 are made. 

Three Strikes in crosshairs
Readers disagree with Roger Hedgecock's analysis of California's "Three Strikes" law.
UT San Diego


Re: “Gov. Brown and the repeal of ‘3 Strikes’ ” (Opinion, April 16): Roger Hedgecock claims that Gov. Brown is involved in a backdoor repeal of the “Three Strikes” law in California. This is not true. The “Three Strikes” law is still on the books, although Mr. Hedgecock failed to mention that over 68 percent of California voters passed Proposition 36 last November, which amended the law. This amendment continues to apply Three Strikes to serious, violent, and sex offenses, but no longer applies the third strike to minor drug and property offenders.