Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


A Day in the Life of mental health professionals at CMC
‘It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle’
Dana Simas, Public Information Officer

Inside California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo, three California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) employees work with some of the most developmentally disabled and mentally ill inmate-patients inside CDCR. They also work with inmates involved in one of the department’s best rehabilitative programs, the Gold Coats.


State Parole agents start work at Santa Cruz police station

Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ -- Four State Parole agents recently started work at the Santa Cruz police station as part of a new arrangement to keep the agents in Santa Cruz County.

California Legislative Analyst's Office Releases Report on Maximizing Federal Reimbursement for Parolee Mental Health Care
Sierra Sun Times

May 6, 2013 - Historically, the state has spent tens of millions of dollars annually from the General Fund for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide mental health treatment services to mentally ill parolees. Our analysis indicates that federal Medicaid reimbursements could be attained for some of the costs of these existing services. Moreover, the amount of federal reimbursements could increase significantly under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) if the Legislature chooses to expand Medi-Cal to provide health coverage to most low-income individuals, as authorized by ACA. 

Not Taking a Toll: Government Agencies Avoid Paying
CBS 13 Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Everybody pays whether coming or going from or to the bay area, four to six bucks for the average car, up to 35 for the biggest truck.
Multiply that by the 122 million toll transactions last year and you’re talking about huge cash flow.

Packets of cigarettes on Rikers Island sell for $200 after prison tobacco ban
2003 ban has also led to a spike in black market-related arrests
It's a trend seen in prisons across the U.S. following state tobacco bans

Daily Mail Reporter

Packets of smuggled cigarettes are being sold at Rikers Island prison in New York City for as much as $200 each following the jailhouse tobacco ban, it has emerged.
Since the ban came into force across the city's prisons in 2003, black markets have grown behind prison walls, leading inmates to shell out $30 for a cigarette and causing a spike in arrests.


Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown calls prison case 'mystifying,' vows appeal
David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown today called "mystifying" the continuing legal pressure on his administration to reduce California's prison population, as he reiterated his pledge to appeal the case as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.


Shasta supervisors to vote on AB109 housing contract

Alayna Shulman, Redding.com

Shasta County supervisors today will consider paying a local nonprofit up to $544,000 to help offenders sent back to the county through public safety realignment find housing.

San Mateo County courts strained by state prison reforms
Callie Shanafelt, California Health Report

State prison reforms are supposed to reduce dangerously overcrowded prison populations and help to alleviate the state’s fiscal crisis. But now county trial judges in San Mateo County say they feel the squeeze of the reforms, which are happening in tandem with budget cuts to courts.


Calif. objects to moving inmates because of fungus
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It is premature to move more than 3,000 inmates out of two state prisons until more is known about an airborne fungus that is being blamed for nearly three-dozen inmate deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said in a court filing Monday night.

Fever hits thousands in parched West farm region
California, Arizona see spike in valley fever cases as worsening drought kicks up dust
Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it. 

Meet in middle

Kelso and the state should find compromise as they deal with Valley fever's impact on prisons

The federal court receiver for prison health care has ordered the state to remove thousands of high-risk inmates from two Central Valley prisons.

55-year-old man dies on California's death row; convicted of murder, rape of woman, 87
Associated Press

SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON, California — A 55-year-old inmate who spent more than 20 years on California's death row for the rape and murder of an 87-year-old woman has died.

Aldrete receives 37 years to life
Denied motion to not have three strikes sentence imposed
Shea Johnson, Barstow Desert Dispatch

BARSTOW • Raul Aldrete was sentenced to 37 years to life in prison for shooting his ex-fiance in the left shoulder, an incident which earned him his third strike, according to court records.


Tom Elias: Court's hit at Brown helps
The Californian

Normally, it’s uncomfortable at best to hear a federal judge — let alone a panel of three such jurists — thunder criticism atone from the bench.