Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Telling the stories of California’s prisons
Nancy Mullane, KALW


KALW's Nancy Mullane spent the last year touring the most secure prisons in California, including death row at San Quentin, the Protective Housing Unit at Corcoran, and Pelican Bay State Prison. 


Gov. Brown Facing Pressure On Prison Overcrowding
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio


A mix of events Tuesday combined to show the competing political and legal pressures surrounding the governor.

CALIFORNIA INMATES 

Supervisor Jeffries Helps Put Inmates To Work Fighting Fires
"I'm surprised we're the first in the state to embrace this. It's a good proposal with obvious benefits," said Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, who brought the issue forward.
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch


Riverside County supervisors Tuesday approved a sheriff's department request to send jail inmates to work on California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hand crews as a means of reducing the burden on the county's correctional system.

REALIGNMENT
 

REALIGNMENT: Bill backed by Riverside County DA stalls
Legislation sponsored by prosecutor Paul Zellerbach sought to switch back inmates from jails to prisons
Jim Miller, Press Enterprise


SACRAMENTO — A bill that would transfer county jail inmates serving long sentences to state prison failed in its first committee, the latest of several attempts to undo parts of California’s criminal-justice realignment that are likely dead for the year.


Realignment amendment on hold
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Recordnet.com


SACRAMENTO - A bill proposed by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, that would amend California realignment law by sending risky parole violators back to prison was halted in its tracks for further study by the Assembly Public Safety Committee after it heard concerns of prison overcrowding from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Sacramento County supervisors exert control over realignment money
Brad Branan, Sacramento Bee


Sacramento County supervisors decided Tuesday that they will take greater control over how the county spends money to manage criminal offenders that has come from the state for more than two years.


Crime victims call for repeal of realignment at Capitol rally
Governor: 'Federal courts are saying they're going to hold me in contempt'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Tackling crime was part of Gov. Jerry Brown's message to crime victims and their families at the State Capitol on Tuesday.

Changes and Challenges in County Jail
April M. Short, Good Times

Santa Cruz County Jail’s (SCCJ) “recreation areas” are dark rectangles the size of a small living room with ceilings of mesh and spirals of barbed wire. The sky is visible, but the rooms are concrete walls and flooring, and depending on the section of the jail and time of day, many recreation areas remain shaded. Basketball hoops are available, but the space is barely large enough to accommodate a half-court game. There are no plants in sight, not even patches of grass.

CDCR RELATED

SAN BERNARDINO: Crime victims remembered during vigil
John Asbury, Press Enterprise


As more than 100 people gathered outside the San Bernardino Police Department on Tuesday evening, they were reminded they were not alone in their grief.