Thursday, April 25, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


A Day in the Life of a Victim Restitution Analyst
Giving away money for a living
Dana Simas, Public Information Officer

Imagine having $12 million and your job is to make sure it is given away, but you don’t know who to give it t. That’s the job of Victim Restitution Analyst Michael Rogowski.

CDCR and Riverside County Sign Contract to Allow County Jail Inmates to Participate in State Fire Camps

RIVERSIDE – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors finalized a first-of-its-kind contract Tuesday that allows the County Sheriff to utilize jail inmates in the state’s fire camps. “This historic agreement is another great example of the state working with counties to protect public safety,” CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard said. “This partnership will allow us to provide fire protection during what may promise to be a very busy fire season while at the same time rehabilitating lower level offenders.”


California expects to have sufficient number of inmate firefighters despite realignment law

Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — The state expects to have nearly as many inmates available to help during this year's firefighting season as it did before a 2-year-old law began sending lower-level felons to county jails instead of state prisons, officials said Wednesday.

Therapy to help close revolving door on prisons and jails
Clare Noonan, California Health Report

When California legislators decided that certain felons no longer would be held in the state’s overflowing prisons, they were under pressure from a court order to relieve the system’s dangerously overcrowded conditions. But part of their goal also was to keep lower-level convicts near rehabilitative programs in their own communities. Some counties are embracing the goal of rehabilitation, too, and are turning to local non-profits to help people convicted of non-violent, non-serious and non-sexual crimes start a new life.

Fresno County OKs housing aid to ex-cons
Kurtis Alexander, The Fresno Bee

Fresno County public safety leaders are setting aside $600,000 to provide housing for ex-cons who serve their time and then have no place to go.
The housing initiative is among Fresno County's latest efforts to help criminals rather than just lock them up and wish for the best -- something that state leaders are encouraging with Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment.

Mendocino County Sheriff expands on jail classroom space
Tiffany Revelle, Ukiah Daily Journal

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman got approval from the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday to spend $33,000 on a modular building to allow more space for classes offered to inmates at the county jail under AB 109, the state's realignment program to relieve overcrowding in state prisons.

Fort Collins man reunites with father wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years

Patrick Malone,

The walls between fathers and sons take many forms — generational communication barriers, distance, even hair length.

The boundaries that for most of his life separated Nick O’Connell of Fort Collins from his dad, Frank O’Connell, were fortified with armed guards and topped with razor wire. But even they couldn’t snap the bond between Nick and the man he calls “Pops.”

Girl's Alleged Kidnapper Captured in Mexican Rehab
Tobias Summers charged in abduction, rape of Northridge 10-year-old
Kevin Spak, Newser

(Newser) – Authorities have captured a fugitive they believe kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old California girl who vanished from her bedroom in March and was found in a parking lot 10 hours later, bruised, barefoot, and disoriented, the FBI announced today; cops had called it an "unspeakably traumatic attack." Tobias Summers, 32, was caught at a drug rehab center in a small Mexican town about 200 miles south of the border, police tell the LA Times. He was reportedly scared when he saw police, and surrendered without incident.


New parole hearing ordered in '86 killing

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

A state appeals court has ordered a new parole hearing for a former Oakland resident who fatally shot his girlfriend's son and wounded his girlfriend in a drunken rage in 1986.

Bakersfield Police: 22 people arrested during sex offender compliance sweep
Eleven were felony arrests

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department has announced that 22 people were arrested during a sex offender compliance and warrant sweep today.
On Wednesday, April 24, at about 6:30 a.m., officials said sixteen teams made up of law enforcement officers from several local agencies, tried to contact 189 registered sex offenders within Bakersfield, to determine if they were in compliance with their sex registrant status.