Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California Health Care Facility Nears Completion

Bob Walsh, CorrectionsOne.com

There isn’t a whole lot of prison construction under way in California and hasn’t been for some time, despite the need. 

Brown Administration Says Prison Complaints Are Blame-Shifting
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration disputes complaints that the governor's vocal legal challenges to orders to improve prison conditions has brought progress to a halt.

California Gov. Jerry Brown bristles at releasing more prisoners

Channel 10 News

(CBS NEWS) -- California Governor Jerry Brown is asking the Supreme Court to intervene in a battle over the state's prison population.


Editorial: Realignment hasn't caused a crime wave

The Sacramento Bee

What happens to offenders who finish a state prison term? Unless they have a life-without-parole sentence, they all eventually go home. They get $200 in "gate money" and have to find jobs and housing. They also are supervised for three years. Unfortunately, during that supervision period in the past, more than two-thirds ended up back in state prison, a dismal success rate.


Former inmate program in Fontana shines
Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer

FONTANA -- Heartbreak over the death of his brother in a 2004 motorcycle crash sent Charles Johnson down a destructive path of drugs, crime and incarceration.

Inmate suspect in slaying of prison cellmate

Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Recordnet.com

A man imprisoned for the attempted murder of a San Joaquin County prosecutor is now under investigation for the death of a fellow inmate at California State Prison, Corcoran.


S.J. poised to take over parole hearings from state

Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Recordnet.com

STOCKTON - Landing behind bars every time he violated parole for using drugs or stealing to feed his addiction didn't stop Rance Latham from re-offending.


Powerful quake rattles rural area of California; no one injured

The Columbus Dispatch

GREENVILLE, Calif. — Residents in rural northeastern California assessed damage to their homes and businesses yesterday from a magnitude 5.7 earthquake, one of the strongest temblors to hit the densely forested region in decades.

New Therapy Offers Hope as Heroin Use on the Rise in OC

Rex Dalton, Voice of OC

With heroin use among young people in Orange County skyrocketing in recent years, public health officials are encouraged by a new drug therapy that offers a better, cheaper way to beat this most dangerous of addictions.

Authorities Conduct Probation And prison Realignment Compliance Sweep
Beatriz Valenzuela, The Daily Bulletin

ONTARIO -- Dozens of San Bernardino County Probation officers and other law enforcement authorities took the Inland Empire streets Thursday as part of a probation and Prison Realignment compliance sweep. 

Abel Maldonado takes on Jerry Brown, prison realignment

The former Republican lieutenant governor, who is pondering a run for governor, wants to repeal the prison policy, saying it has endangered the lives of Californians.
Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times

Abel Maldonado was a young Latino rancher and fresh-faced state lawmaker when he addressed the Republican National Convention in 2000 and was hailed as the GOP's future. Nine years later, he parlayed his deciding vote on tax increases into an appointment as lieutenant governor, albeit for a brief stay.

Branch jail expansion slated to start in July

New facility will accommodate exploding inmate population
Seth Nidever, The Sentinel

HANFORD — An old Kings County incarceration building called the branch jail is about to get a makeover to house a crush of new inmates.

Solano Jail Adds More Beds
The Reporter

The Solano County Sheriff's Office announced Friday that it has reopened the final unoccupied 80-bed section at the county's Sentenced Detention Facility in Fairfield.

Courts, jails deal with realignment
Split sentences, electronic monitoring, rehabilitation help jailers, inmates
Brian Bullock, The Santa Maria Times

Even though the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act — better known as Assembly Bill 109 — has pushed more state prison inmates into Santa Barbara County Jail and more of those felons are being released under electronic monitoring, the county is faring better than most in response to the controversial legislation.

Jail policies spur calls for change
Coachella Valley officials pressing lawmakers to end the early release of offenders
Barrett Newkirk, The Desert Sun

One local councilwoman called it the “turnstile effect:” the repeat offenders and more crime law enforcement agencies believe are the result of California’s prison realignment.

Fontana man who shot at SWAT, FBI was on AB 109 probation
Beatriz E. Valenzuela, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

SAN BERNARDINO -- With his slight build and his long, curly hair, the white, 37-year-old Fontana man who was forced to use a glass eye does not look like a typical Bloods street gang member, but, according to law enforcement, he has proven looks can be deceiving.

Chino police anticipates increasing its overtime budget by $100,000

Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

CHINO -- Chino Police Department anticipates increasing its overtime budget by $100,000 to help fight a spike in crime tied to the California Prison Realignment Plan.