Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison hospital in Stockton to be dedicated
Central Valley Business Times

California’s newest hospital for felons is to be dedicated Tuesday in Stockton.

The $839 million, 54 building complex east of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport on a 400-acre state-owned campus of the Northern California Youth Correctional Center, will offer medical treatment and mental health care for 1,722 inmates.

California Corrections: How a State Picks Thousands of Inmate to Take Out of Prison

Josh Sanburn, Time

Last week, a three-judge panel ordered the state of California to reduce its prison population by almost 10,000 inmates before the end of the year.

The order is the latest in a decades-long struggle over the state’s overcrowded prisons, which the Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional in 2011 for violating the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The state, however, argues that the condition of its prisons has significantly improved since the first lawsuit was filed in 1990, especially its prison healthcare system. California is the only state to have triggered federal involvement over prison conditions.


Federal judge says health risk posed by fungus is enough to move inmates in 2 Calif. Prisons
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to move several thousand inmates out of two California prisons because they are at a high risk of contracting a potentially deadly airborne fungus.

Gang Diversion Unit places rival gang members together in jail
Nick Monacelli, Channel 10 News

ELK GROVE, CA - There has been a spike in gang-related shootings in Sacramento County, according to law enforcement.

This past weekend, 19-year-old Alvin Valentine was shot and killed during a house party. Three others were injured in the shooting in south Sacramento and police believe it was gang related.


Grand jury to focus on prisoners, water agency
Todd Guild, Register-Pajaronian

SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz County Grand Jury today will release its 2012-2013 report, which largely focuses on how a two-year-old state law that shifted thousands of low-risk inmates from prisons to county jails has affected the county.


Medicaid for prisoners: States missing out on millions
USA Today

Only a dozen states have taken advantage of a long-standing option to stick the federal government with at least half the cost of hospitalizations and nursing home stays of state prison inmates.

State hospital email contradicts prison mental health claim
Note contradicts sworn statements

Julia Reynolds, Monterey County Herald

SACRAMENTO — A Department of State Hospitals email says staff were directed to discharge mental health patients at a Soledad prison in order to reduce wait lists — contradicting numerous claims by the department denying the practice. 

Medical Marijuana Website Used for Robbery
Tony Botti, CBS 47

Monday, Fresno Police arrested 23-year old Carlos Castanos at his home on Delbert Ave. near Polk and Bullard in northwest Fresno.