Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Day in the Life of a Material Storeroom Supervisor
Keeping our prisons supplied
Dana Simas, Public Information Officer

Imagine a California state prison doctor dressing an inmate’s wound: He reaches for an alcohol pad to sterilize the wound, but he can’t find any. He reaches for gauze, yet again, he can’t find any. Making sure even the smallest items are available is a mission-critical job, and it’s the job of Nancy Harris, Material Storeroom Supervisor at Folsom State Prison (FSP), to ensure they’re available.


Study finds Butte doing well on realignment

Almendra Carpizo,

An assessment done by Chico State University professors and students shows efforts by the Butte County Sheriff's Office in dealing with prison inmate realignment are headed in the right direction, but it offers help on progress, too. 

State & OC Officials Wrangle Over Transfer of Prisoners
Nick Gerda, The Associated Press

County and state officials continue to argue over whether Orange County is being underfunded for the additional housing, probation and medical costs for prisoners whose supervision is being shifted back from the state to the local level.

Repeat jail time isn't the solution
The Monterey County Herald

(Note: The following article from the Monterey County Herald is a reprint of a recent editorial in the Sacramento Bee.)

What happens to offenders who finish a state prison term? Unless they have a life without parole sentence, they eventually go home. They get $200 in "gate money" and have to find jobs and housing. They 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. 

Marin grand jury says jail needs more resources for potential influx of felons
Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

Now that county jails are housing felons who used to go to prison, Marin County needs to improve conditions at its jail or face potential lawsuits about overcrowding and health care, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.


San Quentin prisoners perform Shakespeare play about mercy, revenge
Megan Hansen, Marin Independent Journal

There's a scene in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" where Shylock argues that people share the similarity of being human, and thus should be treated with respect despite their differences: "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?" 

Officials investigating death of prison inmate
The Associated Press 

IONE, Calif. -- California prison officials are investigating the death of an inmate at a Northern California prison as a possible homicide, with his cellmate as the suspect.

Oakland man convicted in brutal 1998 kidnapping, rape of Oakland High School girls
Paul T. Rosynsky, The Oakland Tribune

OAKLAND -- A 32-year-old felon has been found guilty of a horrific sexual assault that he and at least two others committed 14 years ago against two Oakland High School girls.


Bill would increase penalties for paroled sex offenders who disable GPS monitoring devices

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Sex-offender parolees who remove or disable their satellite-linked tracking devices would face increased penalties under a bill approved by the state Senate.


Former gang member devotes his life to reaching at-risk youth
Garth Stapley,  The Modesto Bee

MODESTO, Calif. — Ignacio Pizano’s forearm used to bear a tattoo of a devil smoking a marijuana joint. Other body art left no doubt about his allegiance to a street gang and drug-fueled violence that left him facing a life sentence at 15.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jail inmates’ health lawsuit should be tossed, attorneys say

Riverside County responds to a federal lawsuit claiming inadequate health care in its jail; Aug. 12 is a court date for the sides to meet
Richard De Atley, The Press Enterprise

Riverside County has asked a judge to dismiss a civil rights class-action lawsuit filed against its jail system, saying the inmates who complained about inadequate health care had declined to take prescribed medicine and refused or failed to attend medical appointments while in custody.

Stay at Lerdo costs more than Marriott

It used to be called the Honor Farm, but Lerdo jail is becoming more dangerous by the day - and more expensive, too - according to a new report by the Kern County Grand Jury.