Friday, June 14, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

California Inmates 
Prisoners make millions of license plates each year. But what else do they make for us?
Lucas Reilly, The Week
1. Books for the blind
There are 36 prison Braille-writing programs in the United States. Through the American Printing House for the Blind, offenders help write K-12 textbooks for blind students. In Missouri, the Center for Braille and Narration Production employs 102 convicts, many whom are certified through the Library of Congress. They transcribe anything, from novels to music.

Gretchen Kell, UC Berkeley News
Spending Father’s Day in prison might sound grim, but dozens of Bay Area youngsters and their incarcerated dads can’t wait to be reunited this weekend in Soledad. They will spend four hours together hugging, talking, eating and playing games through a statewide program called Get on the Bus, which considers UC Berkeley “a flagship” among California schools for the dedication of its student volunteers.

Richard DeAtley, Riverside Press-Enterprise
After spending 19 years behind bars for killing her ex-pimp in a Riverside hotel room at age 16, Sara Kruzan has been tentatively granted parole, and could be released within months.

Editorial Board, Sacramento Bee 
Sacramento County supervisors can't seem to hog enough air time complaining that the county doesn't get enough money from the state for public safety realignment. And the sheriff threatened that he would have to eliminate patrol officers if he didn't get more money. The jail, he said, is his top priority.

Tim Herdt, Fresno Bee
When former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado unofficially kicked off his campaign for governor by announcing the launch of a tough-on-crime ballot initiative, he had by his side Nina Salarno-Ashford, a member of the executive board for the group Crime Victims United.
That group was founded by the mother of a murder victim, in close association with the state prison guards' union.

CDCR Related 
Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News
SAN JOSE -- Flanked by a multijurisdictional group of law enforcement officials from agencies as big as the FBI and as small as the town of Los Gatos, District Attorney Jeff Rosen on Tuesday released details about the biggest gang case in county history.

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer, Humboldt Beacon
The Humboldt County Fair board and staff have turned to a new group of helping hands to give the fairgrounds in Ferndale a facelift for the August event: County inmates.
Through the supervision and coordination of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, SWAP crews have been putting in over two days a month to help meet maintenance goals for the upcoming fair dates.