Monday, June 3, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Making sense of numbers

Santa Maria Times

We don’t like going against a native son with regard to public policy, but we don’t see any good reason to support Abel Maldonado’s opposition to prison realignment.


Q&A: Sacramento County's new probation chief faces big challenge
Brad Branan, The Sacramento Bee

Lee Seale has advanced from jobs at three state agencies to his latest position as Sacramento County's chief probation officer, where he started last week.

Seale, 41, leads a county Probation Department with more than 600 employees, far fewer than a few years ago. Yet the department now faces more demands.

WILL ADAMS: For a correctional officer, the workday is just another day in the war zone

The Bakersfield Californian

I am a 25-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at a maximum security prison. Since 2006, I have held a job in the administration building. Every afternoon, I take my stack of mail to the various mailboxes on the other side of the building. 

California prison overhaul brings justice by geography
Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle

California counties face a momentous new choice when they punish many convicts.
They can jail them for their full sentence, only to watch them hit the street with no follow-up, or “split” their sentence by building in a stretch of probation supervision designed to transition them back into the community.

Letter sparks prison realignment controversy

Kings County sheriff hits back at claims made by committee
Joe Johnson, The Hanford Sentinel

HANFORD — An eight-page letter written to the governor by a independent oversight committee has raised the ire of Kings County Sheriff Dave Robinson.

The document, released by the Little Hoover Commission on Thursday, claims that county sheriffs, not judges, are making bail and sentencing decisions by releasing inmates early from overcrowded facilities.

AB109 attacked as failure by Maldonado
Gubernatorial hopeful points to Ibarra torture, murder case as example
Niki Cervantes, Santa Maria Times

Santa Barbara County’s overcrowded main jail is no stranger to many of the 11 defendants in the gang-related torture-murder case of Anthony Ibarra.
Between them, four had violated the terms of their release from prison a dozen times and were out on the streets when Ibarra’s body was found stuffed in a U-Haul truck in March.