Friday, July 26, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Mental health center at California Men's Colony to open in August
AnnMarie Cornejo, The San Luis Obispo Tribune


A $23 million mental health facility at the California Men’s Colony is expected to open in August to fulfill a federal mandate calling for improved care of the incarcerated mentally ill.
The licensed 50-bed correctional treatment center will provide temporary care for inmates suffering a mental health crisis.


North Kern State Prison search reveals contraband problem

Cell phones, drugs, and weapons found
23 ABC Bakersfield


A recent search of a North Kern State Prison has revealed a contraband problem.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation searched one facility on Wednesday and found a number of banned items.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Prison Program Helps Inmates Find Jobs After Release
Stephanie Chuang, NBC Bay Area


From recent college graduates to those who are still trying to bounce back from losing their jobs – finding work has been a big struggle. But there’s one group that’s ahead of the pack – nabbing great Silicon Valley jobs. Who are they?


Men who have been locked up in San Quentin State Prison. From armed robbery to shooting and killing a man, prisoners are taking courses and meeting Silicon Valley leaders inaccessible to people outside prison walls.

Calif. Inmates 'Prepared to Starve Themselves' to Protest Indefinite Isolation
PBS.org

SUMMARY


Pelican Bay State Prison in Northern California is designed to hold some of the state's most violent offenders in isolated security units. In early July, inmates launched a state-wide hunger strike to demand limits on time spent in solitary. Special correspondent Michael Montgomery offers background on the policy.

More inmates head to prison infirmaries during hunger strike

Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times


SACRAMENTO-- The flow of inmates through prison infirmaries is beginning to pick up as an inmate hunger strike over conditions in isolation units and prison gang policies is midway through its third week.


California prison health officials said 16 fasting inmates at three prisons were sent to treatment areas on Thursday, double the number of the day before. They were treated and returned to their cells, said Joyce Hayhoe, spokeswoman for the court-appointed medical receiver's office that runs prison healthcare services.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Fugitive Arrested at R.V. Park in Buellton

Sheriff's Gang Detectives Track Down and Arrest Fugitive Suspect Found Hiding Out at an R.V. Park in Buellton
Edhat.com


At around 5:30 this morning, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Gang Enforcement Unit confirmed that 33-year-old Arturo Renteria of Santa Maria was hiding out in a cabin at an R.V. Park located in the 100 block of Avenue of the Flags in Buellton. Renteria is a documented Santa Maria gang member with a history of narcotics sales who had escaped from parole and was wanted by authorities. Sheriff's Detectives, assisted by the Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Santa Maria Police Department, Gang Street Team and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, responded to the scene. Because authorities believed the suspect was armed and potentially dangerous, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Team (S.W.A.T) was called in to assist and some campers at the R.V. Park were safely evacuated.

REALIGNMENT


'Split sentencing': Los Angeles County stays away from prison alternative that Riverside County and others embrace
Rina Palta, KPCC


"Dangerous animal, coming through," calls Riverside police Detective Ron Kipp.
Behind him is a young springer spaniel named Tilly, a narcotics dog. And like most people in the room, she'd clearly rather be elsewhere.


For hours, the Riverside area compliance team rifled through drawers, checked behind a set of 50 decorative plates that line the wall, and even opened the toilet lid. They found the man's cell phone with messages from earlier in the day, asking – in not so many words – if he had any drugs. And they called in a female officer to search his girlfriend.

CDCR RELATED


US prison population down for 3rd straight year
The Associated Press


WASHINGTON -- The government says the U.S. prison population dropped for the third straight year in 2012.


The Bureau of Justice Statistics says there were more than 1.5 million prison inmates last year. That's a drop of 1.7 percent from 2011.

OPINION


Prison reform the conservative way

It's time to retire the tough-on-crime sound bites. There are several ways to cut costs and still keep people safe.
Pat Nolan and Chuck DeVore, The Los Angeles Times


When liberals expand the reach and cost of government, we conservatives label them "knee-jerk." However, conservatives have shown themselves to be enthusiastically knee-jerk in one area: criminal justice spending. For more than 40 years, conservatives have blindly supported a vast expansion of criminal laws and appropriated billions of dollars for new prisons to hold the inmates convicted under those laws.


Are we chicken about prison reform?

Steven Greenhut, Human Events


SACRAMENTO – Many voted in 2008 for Proposition 2, which requires the state’s farmers to provide chickens and some other critters with enough room to extend their wings, lie down and turn around.