Thursday, June 20, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Inmates Fight Fires, Gain Skills for Life After Prison
Elizabeth Lee, Voice of America

LOS ANGELES — The western state of California is known for wildfires that can quickly burn out of control, and this year the fire season has been extremely busy. Because of the fire risk, the state has some of the most experienced firefighters in the industry. It also enlists the help of prisoners to stop the fires.

REALIGNMENT
                  
Felons get shot at new life through jobs program
Kyndell Nunley, Eyewitness News

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — These felons have faced troubled pasts, but a Kern County program is pushing to give them a better plan for their future.

Humboldt County realignment committee reimburses General Fund, sheriff's office

Catherine Wong, The Times-Standard


The Humboldt County Community Corrections Partnership executive committee approved reimbursements to the county General Fund and sheriff's office during its meeting Wednesday afternoon.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS


Committee supports Brown's nominee to head prisons
Don Thompson, The Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A legislative committee recommended Wednesday that the Senate confirm Gov. Jerry Brown's choice to lead California's prison system.
 

Judge could expand oversight of California prisons
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- Attorneys who represent California inmates asked a federal judge Wednesday to expand the court's oversight of prison mental health care to include the Department of State Hospitals.

Federal court asked to investigate Salinas Valley Psychiatric Unit

Staffing levels contribute to deaths, attorneys argue
Julia Reynolds, Monterey County Herald


SACRAMENTO — Saying "lives are at stake," attorneys representing California's 30,000 mentally ill prison inmates asked a federal court Wednesday to investigate the Department of State Hospitals' operations at the Salinas Valley Psychiatric Unit in Soledad. 


Court hears testimony on state of mental health care in California prisons
Julie Small, KPCC

Psychiatrists and other witnesses are testifying Wednesday that state hospital units charged with treating mentally ill prisoners are dangerously understaffed.

CDCR RELATED


Man pleads to shooting 2 officers in Albany

The Associated Press

CORVALLIS — A Los Angeles man has pleaded no contest to attempted murder and assault charges for a shootout in Albany last year that wounded two police officers who are still recovering from their wounds.