Thursday, July 25, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


San Quentin grads grateful, intentional
Baptist Press

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Songs, prayers and tears marked the commencement ceremony even though the graduates were wearing prison garb under their regalia -- and the service was held at San Quentin State Prison in California.

San Quentin Prisoners Learn to Find Peace and Power Through Personal Exploration
Kate Olson, PBS News Hour

Inside the walls that hold many of California's offenders, some inmates are learning to find peace. Prisoners at San Quentin can take part in a year-long initiative where they practice tactics to address the root causes of their violent behavior. Special correspondent Katie Olsen shows us who is benefiting from the program.

Hunger strike continues in California prisons but participation decreases
Lori Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Inmates at prisons throughout the state are still refusing meals to protest conditions for gang members held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison near Eureka.
But the number of participants has continuously decreased since the hunger strike first started more than two weeks ago, prison officials said.


New mental health facility dedicated at Corcoran prison
By Diana Aguilera — The Fresno Bee

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation dedicated a new mental health facility Wednesday at Corcoran State Prison, spokesman Bill Sessa said.

The 14,000-square-foot building is the latest addition to the department's $2 billion expansion of medical and mental health facilities to meet court-ordered improvements in the quality of care provided to inmates.

Brown Scuttled Prison Bond Haunts Inmate Release Order

Michael B. Marois, Bloomberg

Six years ago, California lawmakers shook hands on a $7.4 billion deal to build lockups for 53,000 prisoners to reduce overcrowding that was so severe a federal judge threatened to set thousands of convicts free.


Realignment in California: The Story So Far
Ryken Grattet, Public Policy Institute of California

October of this year marks the two-year anniversary of the introduction of California’s historic corrections reform known as public safety realignment.

Realignment shifted significant corrections oversight and funding from the state to its counties—including authority over most non-serious, non-violent, and non-sexual offenders. Motivated in part by rulings from the federal courts to reduce prison overcrowding, this is the biggest shift in California corrections policy in decades.

Special dispatchers considered for Calif. county probation officers
Stanislaus County supervisors could approve funding today for three emergency dispatchers for the regional 911 center
Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee

STANISLAUS COUNTY — In the brave new world of public safety realignment, county probation officers are out in the field so often, checking on former prison inmates, that officials want them to be talking with their own dispatchers.

Central Valley jails swamped by state prison realignment
Brad Branan, The Sacramento Bee

The county jail in downtown Fresno has an imposing presence: Three concrete buildings up to six stories tall, with few windows, occupying a full city block and the corner of another.