Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding

Katie Orr, Valley Public Radio

Reducing overcrowding at California prisons is not easy. Generally, inmates must either be released or given more space, which is expensive. But there is a third option. Inmates can be sent to fire camps.  That's a cornerstone of Governor Jerry Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding in response to a federal court order.  State Government Reporter Katie Orr takes a closer look at what these camps entail.  

CMF bike program benefits community, inmates

Susan Winlow, The Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — “Meanwhile back at the ranch . . . “

It’s an iconic piece of cowboy narration that means something totally different to California Medical Facility inmates and personnel.

“The ranch” is a nickname for the dormitory-style accommodations that house low-level inmates and it’s the home of the nonprofit The Bike Project – a multifaceted community endeavor between the prison and a variety of community agencies and organizations, including the Vacaville School District.

Inmate firefighting program at risk
Dana Littlefield, UT San Diego

SAN DIEGO — One of the consequences of a 2011 state law aimed at relieving prison overcrowding is that it also reduced the pool of lower-level offenders eligible for inmate work camps that help fight brush fires.

The Public Safety Realignment Act transferred responsibility for housing and monitoring some offenders convicted of nonviolent, nonserious crimes from the state to the counties.

“From Lockup to Startup”
The Last Mile gives incarcerated men a chance to become entrepreneurs
Alex Doll, The Dish Daily

“Before getting a job at and graduating from The Last Mile, I was a prisoner in San Quentin state prison for eight and a half years,” began Heracio Harts during Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought and Leadership (ETL) talk last Wednesday. Harts received big hugs from both Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti as they walked up to the front of the room with big smiles on their faces and took the podium.


Prisoner Realignment Spurs Push to Rehabilitate Convicts
Nick Gerda, The Associated Press

In the midst of the state transferring thousands of prisoners to county jails, Orange County officials are rapidly revamping their approach to dealing with convicted criminals.

Musical Chairs Behind Bars
State and County Continue the AB109 Inmate-Trading Game
Chris Meagher, The Santa Barbara Independent

The number of people under local supervision after being released from prison is on track with projections following the 2011 statewide shift in incarceration law, but the number of felons sentenced locally continues to be a problem, according to officials.


L.A. city attorney: After bitter race, Mike Feuer beats incumbent Carmen Trutanich
Rick Orlov, The Los Angeles Daily News

After losing a race for district attorney last year, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich conceded he had lost his own job on Tuesday, as voters backed Assemblyman Mike Feuer for the City Attorney's Office.

Adelanto Detention Center to get additional $8 million in funding
Joe Nelson, The San Bernardino Sun

San Bernardino County's newest jail in Adelanto, expected to accommodate an influx of new inmates as a result of prison realignment, received $8 million in additional funding Tuesday due to unforeseen problems during construction. 

Monterey County to transfer some local jail inmates to Alameda County
80 prisoners could head to Dublin
Julia Reynolds, The Monterey County Herald

Monterey County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract with Alameda County to house up to 80 local jail inmates in a facility in Dublin, at a cost of up to $2.5 million, despite a request from the American Civil Liberties Union that the county hold community meetings first. 

Jail Population Increases After Three Years Of Decline

The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. jail population increased after three consecutive years of decline, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The number of inmates confined in county and city jails increased by 1.2 percent, from 735,601 at midyear 2011 to 744,524 at midyear 2012.