Friday, June 28, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

County Police and Fire introduce new inmate hand crew
Anne L. Viricel, Highland Community News

A new partnership between San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff's departments - the first County Inmate Hand Crew Program - was announced at a press conference at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center June 26.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

A mixed blessing beats a curse
Michael Fitzgerald, The Stockton Record

Dignitaries cut the ribbon on San Joaquin County's fourth prison facility on Tuesday, a rare occasion to hit the applause sign and hurl a rotten tomato.

6 prison guards injured by inmate at California Men's Colony
Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times


Six state correctional officers were recovering from injuries after they were attacked by an inmate Thursday at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo.


Prison guards ask to be included in solitary confinement lawsuit

Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times


The union that represents corrections officers at California prisons seeks to intervene in a federal lawsuit over how long the state may keep inmates locked up in solitary confinement.

CDCR RELATED


CDCR closing down 5,000 SF computer room

Amy Stewart, Techwire.net


In the next few days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will officially close down its 5,000 square foot computer room as part of the  effort to comply with a statewide IT consolidation initiative mandated by AB 2408 (Chapter 404, 2010).  CDCR started with 70 racks and 650 servers, now there are only 7 racks.


What California state workers earn: Prison and parole officers
Amy Gebert and Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee


Perhaps no union worked harder to curry Gov. Jerry Brown's favor in 2010 than the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. 


Marin men's book explores how the arts give inmates hope, heart
Vicki Larson, Marin Independent Journal


LARRY BREWSTER wasn't sure what to expect when he tracked down a few dozen former inmates after 30 years.


Twelve Steps To Danger: How Alcoholics Anonymous Can Be A Playground For Violence-Prone Members
Propublica


In the spring of 2011, Karla Brada Mendez finally seemed happy. She was 31 and in love, eager to move ahead on the path to maturity – marriage, a family, stability.  She had a good job in the customer-service department of a large medical supply firm, and was settling into a condo she had recently bought near her childhood home in California’s San Fernando Valley.

OPINION


PD Editorial: A day of reckoning for state prisons

The Press Democrat


After almost a quarter-century, a legal battle over conditions in California prisons is nearing its end, and the state faces a choice: It can spend more on prisons, or it must incarcerate fewer people.


Prisoners of obsolete legal policy

Lompocrecord.com


The first time Jerry Brown was governor of California, he earned the nickname “Gov. Moonbeam.” It was, after all, the tail-end of the Hippie Age, and a young Brown fit the bill.
 

Mass incarceration’s tragic success
Michael Gerson, The Washington Post

At a time of earnest debate on the size and role of government, relatively little attention has been paid to the Hoover Dam of American social engineering: mass incarceration.