Monday, April 22, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California corrections office helps victims navigate parole hearings and release of perpetrators
Julie Small, KPCC

California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s main job is to keep criminals behind bars. But at some point, most of those inmates are released.


California Tries to Regain Fuller Control of Prisons
Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times

VACAVILLE, Calif. — On the sprawling grounds of the state prison, built here in 1955, a new three-story, $24 million treatment center for mentally ill inmates stands out because of its freshly painted walls and rooftop solar panels. Inside, on a recent morning, psychologists and social workers were leading group therapy sessions for inmates in large, brightly lighted rooms while individual meetings were being held in smaller offices.


Lack of numbers make it hard to measure prison realignment effect
Almendra Carpizo,

CHICO — There's been much talk about the impact that prison realignment and community supervision programs are having in California, but so far in Chico there are no numbers to illustrate the impact whether good or bad.

Dr. Joe Harrop: Whose boys are they anyway?
Dr. Joe Harrop, Red Bluff Daily News

(Note: The author of this piece will be informed that Arnold Schwarzenegger was not Governor in 1990, and that the Plata lawsuit was filed in 2001.)

There has been a lot of talk recently here about "Jerry's Boys". The term is in reaction AB 109, the so-called realignment legislation designed to reduce the state prison population, provide better living conditions for state prison inmates, and create local support systems for the supervision and rehabilitation of specific convicted criminals who have been released from prison and would have normally been placed on state parole.


East Bay Profile: Ex-inmate works to help the formerly incarcerated in West Contra Costa
Malaika Fraley, Contra Costa Times

SAN PABLO -- Andres Abarra has a prized possession he likes to show off to men and women recently released from jail: his Kaiser Permanente health plan ID.

Many retired California state executives still in high-pay state jobs
Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

Despite the Brown administration's edict last year to sweep out nearly all retirees from the state workforce, more than two dozen departments still use them to fill some of the highest-paying positions in government, according to state data reviewed by The Bee.

How Los Angeles Wrestles with Mass Incarceration
Dick Price‚

With jails straining to absorb thousands of prison inmates, jailhouse guard-on-inmate beatings grabbing headlines, and public concern rising about possible spikes in crime rates, public safety issues—especially around the massive Los Angeles County jail and probation systems—have Angelenos of all stripes scrambling for answers.