Friday, July 12, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard’s Appointment Confirmed by Senate 23-6
CDCR Today

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that CDCR Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Beard, 66, was confirmed by the California Senate with a 23-6 vote

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

California Senate approves leader of prison 'institution in crisis'

Laurel Rosenhall, The San Luis Obispo Tribune


After a partisan debate in which Republicans criticized Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to run the state's prisons and Democrats praised him as the best man for the job, the California Senate voted Thursday to confirm Jeffrey Beard as secretary of the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Senate backs Brown's choice to lead California prison system as judge orders more oversight
Don Thompson, Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, California — The state Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown's choice to lead California's troubled prison system on the same day that a new challenge arose from a federal judge.


Probe of California's prison-based mental health facilities ordered
U.S. judge orders the probe of California's prison-based mental health facilities, citing evidence of doctor shortages, treatment delays and 'denial of basic necessities, including clean underwear.'
Lee Romney and Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times


SACRAMENTO — Citing evidence of doctor shortages, treatment delays and "denial of basic necessities, including clean underwear," a federal judge on Thursday ordered an in-depth probe of conditions at prison-based mental health facilities run by the California Department of State Hospitals.


Deuel Vocational Institution adds guard post

Denise Ellen Rizzo, Tracy Press

Visitors to Deuel Vocational Institution will now be stopped and searched when entering and exiting the rural Tracy prison, following the opening of a guard shack on Monday, July 8.

CALIFORNIA INMATES


More than 12,000 California inmates on hunger strike, but participation has dropped sharply
The Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, California — The number of California inmates participating in a hunger strike has dropped sharply, four days into the protest over prison conditions.
California corrections officials say more than 12,400 prison inmates have skipped at least nine consecutive meals, a threshold that led the department to label the protest an extended hunger strike.


California's mass prison hunger strike enters fourth day

Julie Small, KPCC


The number of California prison inmates on a hunger strike dramatically dropped Thursday, but 12,000 inmates still refused to eat for a fourth consecutive day to protest the common use of long-term isolation. For the first three days of the strike, 29,000 inmates participated.


California inmates on hunger strike face potential discipline
Laila Kearney, Reuters


(Reuters) - California prison authorities warned thousands of hunger-striking inmates on Thursday that they could face discipline for illegal "mass disturbances," and confirmed that more than 12,000 prisoners missed nine consecutive meals in the past three days.
 

Emmerson reaches out to legislators on reports that two state women's prisons performed sterilization procedures on inmates
Lori Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A local politician and his constitutes are reaching out to legislators with hopes of getting more information regarding recent reports that two California women's prisons performed sterilization procedures on inmates.


Santa Clarita: Man convicted in DUI crash with injuries begins 2-year sentence

Jim Holt, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal


A South Lake Tahoe man responsible for sending two young Valencia women to the hospital with serious injuries in a May DUI-related collision was taken to state prison Thursday to begin serving a two-year sentence, law enforcement officials said.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


Son Fights Killer’s Release at a Time When More Lifers are Getting Parole
Krista Almanzan, kazu.org


Many don’t have vivid memories of when they were just seven-years-old, but Jason Chelius does.   That’s how old he was when his father was murdered back in 1979. “I remember sitting in the bathtub, and I mean still to this day, I can hear the rap on the door.  So I hear the knock on the door, and the blood curdling screams of my mother, just echo through your body,” said Chelius. 

REALIGNMENT

Parole hearing historic, court says

Proceeding state's first at county level
Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star


MERCED — Merced County Superior Court officials said they made history Thursday as the first court in California to hold a parole hearing at the local level, a change mandated by the state's prison realignment law.

DEATH PENALTY

Drug Protocol Change Could Delay All California Executions For Several Years

Julia Cheever, Bay City News


A decision by the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown to switch from three drugs to a one-drug protocol for lethal injections will delay the potential resumption of death-penalty executions in California for at least one year and possibly several years.

CDCR RELATED

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for Sex Discrimination
E News Park


Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--July 11, 2013. The Department of Justice announced today the filing of a lawsuit, against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), alleging that CDCR discriminated against Joe B. Cummings on the basis of his sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.  Title VII is a federal statute that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion.

OPINION

Viewpoints: Indefinite solitary confinement is moral issue worth hunger strike

Beth Witrogen, The Sacramento Bee

Tonight my partner will go to bed hungry. Actually he will go to bed starving, and it won't really be a bed. He will forgo a too-thin, too-short, too-lumpy mattress on a concrete slab and sleep on the concrete floor to catch a drift of fresh air seeping in under his cell door, which is covered in Plexiglas.

Steven Greenhut: Feds, state battle over prison population

Steven Greenhut, The Monterey County Herald


The fight between many states and the federal government over carrying out the health care law figured to be the most significant states' rights blowup of the decade. Yet the most colorful battle of this sort may be taking place in California over prison overcrowding.