Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


A Day in the Life of a Correctional Case Records Analyst at an institution

“Inmate release: Not one day early, not one day late”
Dana Simas, Public Information Officer

Calculating the amount of time an inmate serves in prison is one of the most important jobs in CDCR.

If an inmate is released before serving his or her full sentence under California law, not only does it give a black-eye to CDCR, but it potentially threatens public safety. If an inmate is kept too long, taxpayers could be on the hook as a result of an expensive lawsuit.


$839M inmate medical complex dedicated in Calif.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials dedicated an $839 million inmate medical complex Tuesday even as they face a new round of court-imposed mandates that are complicating efforts to run one of the nation's largest penal systems.

Stockton complex answers mandate for inmate medical, mental care
The Modesto Bee

Some Californians think that state prison inmates are pampered. A federal judge didn't see it that way at all, and in 2006 ordered California to substantially improve the medical treatment provided to inmates and to reduce prison overcrowding.

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Santa Cruz County Grand Jury takes first look at public safety spending
Jason Hoppin, The Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ -- A Santa Cruz County Grand Jury report released Tuesday lauded the county's handling of a controversial prison realignment, praising efforts to spend money on community release alternatives rather than new jail beds. 

To read the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury final report 2012-2013 follow this link:


Federal Judge: Move Inmates At Risk Of Valley Fever
Rebecca Plevin, Valley Public Radio

All inmates at risk of developing a serious form of valley fever must be removed from two Central California state prisons within the next 90 days. That’s what a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday, upholding a directive from the federal official in charge of prison health care. The ruling comes over the objections of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which balked at the complexity of the policy. Valley Public Radio’s Rebecca Plevin takes us behind the prison gates to explain how the state and inmates are coping with the problem. 

Inside the SHU Part 1: isolation
A look inside California's highest-security lockup
Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

Eyes open to the sight of the bunk above. The glow of moving images on a small flat-screen television illuminates the cell — wall posters, a stainless steel sink attached to a toilet, and a whole lot of concrete painted white.

DNA clears man convicted of rape
Kristina Davis, U-T San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Even though he spent the past eight years in prison, wrongly convicted of kidnapping and raping a teenager in Lemon Grove, Uriah Courtney is considered among the lucky ones.

Carmichael man sentenced to prison for distributing child porn
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A Carmichael man was sentenced today to 11 years and three months in prison for distributing child pornography.

Ray Laurence Howes, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez and will be subject to 20 years of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex offender Registration and Notification Act.


Assembly approves state worker pay raise
Amy Gebert, The Sacramento Bee

The Assembly voted today to ratify a two-year contract for the California's largest state workers' union, voting 63-8 to approve the pact, which includes a 4.5 percent pay raise by 2015.

Hollywood murder suspect arrested multiple times before stabbing

HOLLYWOOD (KABC) -- County officials say the transient charged with a fatal stabbing in Hollywood had multiple prior arrests. 

Los Angeles County Probation Department's Reaver Bingham says Dustin Kinnear was picked up by police four times since his April 6 release from prison, including on May 28, when he was convicted of battery and sentenced to three days in county jail. 

Suspect in Hollywood stabbing an AB 109 inmate
Tami Abdollah, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — With a string of arrests dating back six years, the homeless man charged with killing a woman at a popular Hollywood tourist attraction had been in and out of California jails and prisons, officials said Tuesday.

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky asked for a chronology of events between the release of Dustin Kinnear from state prison April 6 and the killing of Christine Calderon last week.