Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Bad news for smugglers: CDCR adds dogs to K-9 corps

Dana Simas, Public Information Officer

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has a some new four-legged staff members. They go by the names “Pink,” “Goose,” and “Yoska”


Gov. Jerry Brown holds strong hand on prisons

Standing up to three federal judges, who want nearly 10,000 inmates released, makes the governor look like he's protecting Californians from thugs.
George Skelton,  Capitol Journal 

SACRAMENTO — Three liberal federal judges — relics of the Jimmy Carter era — are trying to force Gov. Jerry Brown to release nearly 10,000 criminals from state prisons. Politically, it doesn't get much better for a governor.


RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jail population getting tougher under realignment

Richard K. De Atley, The Press Enterprise

Riverside County’s jails are becoming more dangerous as inmates sentenced for nonviolent crimes are released early due to overcrowding brought on by state prison realignment, leaving a population of more hardened inmates, officials say.


Inside the SHU Part 3: Hunger strikes
Inmates’ public relations push captures nation’s attention
Anthony Skeens, The Del Norte Triplicate

Something big is coming, Lt. Christopher Acosta said in the spring of 2011.

“We’re just getting ready. We’ll see.”

Acosta is a slim Hispanic man who speaks as fast as lightning, a mile-a-minute type. His head is shaved and there’s usually a white line above each ear, where his sunglasses block UV rays while he leads prison tours.


Sutter County fears inmate lawsuits
Griffin Rogers, The Appeal Democrat

"Chronic needs" of Sutter County Jail inmates are sometimes left unmet as time-strapped staff struggle with an exceeding number of health problems dumped on them by the state, officials said.


Stop the revolving jail door

Split sentencing, in which a felon serves a portion of his time in jail and another portion in the community but under supervision, shows promise
Los Angeles Time Editorial Board

Criminal defendants convicted of felonies in California used to be sentenced to state prison. Most, after serving 50% of their terms, were released on parole and returned to their communities. And of them, most ended up back in prison, either because they committed new crimes or because they were caught violating parole. California was good at running felons through a revolving door and very bad at guiding their safe return to society: getting the addicted off drugs, getting treatment for the mentally ill, getting those with antisocial and criminal mind-sets into structured, supervised programs with reliable records of reforming those former inmates who were amenable to reform.

Constitutional crisis over prisons draws nearer: Thomas Elias
Thomas D. Elias, Long Beach Press Telegram

Imagine a troop of U.S. marshals trying to move aside the cadre of California Highway Patrol officers assigned to protect Gov. Jerry Brown and carry him off to a federal lockup.