Friday, April 5, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


The new badge in the sheriff's department
Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times

Her father was a fireman, her mother was a teacher, and her brother was a sheriff’s deputy.
It’s hardly a surprise that Terri McDonald would follow the family and wind up working in California government, in her case moving up the ranks through the prison system and now as the "assistant sheriff for custody," the woman brought in to clean out the Augean stables of the L.A. County jail system.

Inmate Tax Fraud: $100 Million Crime
NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit uncovers tax fraud in California prisons from inmates filing thousands of fraudulent returns. It’s part of a national problem that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars last year.
Stephen Stock, Julie Putnam and Jeremy Carroll, NBC Bay Area

Tax refund fraud among the nation’s prison population has grown more than 1,000 percent in the last decade according to the latest data obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in Washington, D.C.

Ex-Felons Are About to Get Health Coverage
Michael Ollove, Stateline

Newly freed prisoners traditionally walk away from the penitentiary with a bus ticket and a few dollars in their pockets. Starting in January, many of the 650,000 inmates released from prison each year will be eligible for something else: health care by way of Medicaid, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.


My visit to Pelican Bay State Prison and the Easter spirit
The Rev. Eric Duff, Times-Standard

Most Christian ministers will admit to feeling challenged each year when Easter comes around. The resurrection is a mystery, subject to multiple interpretations stretching over 2,000 years. There are a number of metaphors that seem to work, especially in the springtime as the natural world emerges from winter, but over the years I find myself reaching further for a message that communicates something new and insightful about the season.


Community Corrections Center to start serving offenders Monday
Alayna Shulman,

The long-awaited Community Corrections Center for former state prison inmates back in Shasta County will start seeing clients on Monday after an obstacle course of delays in the form of repairs, lease negotiations and a long struggle to find a suitable building.

Care, bills increase at S.J. jail

Reports details stress on medical facilities related to realignment
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore,

FRENCH CAMP - Correctional health care workers at San Joaquin County Jail find themselves jammed with patients, the result of more chronically ill inmates coming from realignment, according to a study looking at the effect of the shift of inmates from prisons to jails.


Novato killers get life sentences in Tong Van Le murder case

Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

Four men who executed a Novato man to prevent him from testifying in a robbery case were sentenced to life terms Wednesday, concluding a case that took more than four years to prosecute.