Thursday, May 9, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Inmates recertify as firefighters
Cole Mayer, Mountain Democrat


A Cal Fire hand crew walked through a dry field when a fire sprang up, separating the groups in two. One was led by a Cal Fire captain, the only non-inmate of the group; the other group was led by the “swamper,” the second-in-command. Both had to ensure that their groups were able to get into their fireproof shelters, quickly communicating so that everyone would survive.


Ex-Temple City Mayor Cathe Wilson serving remainder of sentence at home in "alternative custody "

Wilson is one of about 400 women in state alternative custody program
Brenda Gazzar, Pasadena Star-News


Temple City -- Former Temple City mayor Cathe Wilson, imprisoned for bribery and perjury nearly two years ago, is back home to serve out the remainder of her sentence.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


Sex offenders cluster at Salinas motel; Supreme Court considers housing restrictions.
Arvin Temkar, Monterey County Weekly

A concentration of sex offenders in an East Salinas motel has raised some eyebrows, and plays into a statewide debate about whether it’s constitutional to restrict where some sex offenders live.



Saugus residents oppose registered sex offender’s return
Corrections Department says parolee has right to return to his home
Jim Holt, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal


A registered sex offender recently released from a jail sentence for previously violating his parole is back in the same neighborhood where he lived when he committed those violations, and neighbors are protesting.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS


California governor grudgingly lists ways to ease prison crowding
Sharon Bernstein, Thomson Reuters


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, under court order to produce a plan to ease overcrowding in state prisons, pointed to plans to reopen two closed facilities and move some inmates to camps, but otherwise defiantly rapped a three-judge panel for the "intrusiveness" of the case.


PODCAST: Brown Files New Prison Plan to Reduce Population
Audrey Arthur, Correctional News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In order to meet a federal court-mandated deadline and evade being held in contempt, Gov. Jerry Brown filed a new prison plan late Thursday night that aims to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons over the next year.

REALIGNMENT


Prison Realignment Drastically Changes Job, Probation Officers Say
Ted Chen and Frava Burgess, NBC Southern California


Nearly two dozen sex offenders were arrested during a three-week operation in LA County, in which investigators conducted compliance checks – going to the homes of sex offenders to make sure their ankle bracelets were working and they weren’t violating the terms of their probation.


Twenty One “Early Release” Sex Offenders Arrested In Three Weeks
CBS Los Angeles


DOWNEY (CBSLA.com) — Twenty-one “early release” felons with histories of sexual offense were arrested throughout a three-week period in which an operation — being called the biggest of it’s kind in Los Angeles this year– took place.
 

Probation department admits to shortcomings
Dan McDonald, Plumas County News

By its own admission, the county’s probation department isn’t doing a good job with high-risk offenders.


Capitol Alert video: Abel Maldonado touts initiative to repeal prison realignment

David Siders, The Sacramento Bee


Abel Maldonado, who is preparing to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown in next year's gubernatorial race, said today he will file a ballot initiative to repeal California's prison realignment, an issue Republicans consider a potential liability for Brown.


To read more stories on this topic follow these links:


http://www.news10.net/news/california/article/244430/430/GOP-ex-lawmaker-launches-realignment-rollback-initiative


http://www.kcra.com/news/politics/maldonado-launches-drive-to-repeal-inmate-shift/-/11797268/20068608/-/9d1uob/-/index.html


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ff-maldonado-20130509,0,6611032.story



http://www.signalscv.com/section/287/article/95636/

CDCR RELATED


Injured Sacramento police dog Bodie retires

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee


Bodie, the Sacramento police dog shot and critically injured by a suspected car thief nearly a year ago, is retiring from patrol duties to focus on community relations.
 

Federal appeals court rules wrongly convicted man's lawsuit against LA County can resume
Associated Press


LOS ANGELES — An appeals court has ruled that a man who spent 24 years in prison before his murder conviction was thrown out can sue Los Angeles County.
 

Central Calif. drug agents seize $2.6 million worth of methamphetamine
The Associated Press


CERES, California — Officials with a Central California drug task force say they've seized hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in a raid of a San Joaquin Valley home.

Valley fever hits Carrizo solar workers
Patrick M. Klemz, The New Times

Twenty-eight workers at the Topaz and California Valley solar farms under construction near the Carrizo Plain have fallen ill with valley fever since work began. However, state investigators declined to state as of yet whether the workers contracted the disease on the job.

OPINION


Editorial: Big issues await state in prepping for health reform
The Sacramento Bee -- Editorial Board

We have fewer than five months until the October enrollment launch when uninsured Californians will be able to apply for coverage through the state.