Monday, July 8, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Prison hunger strikes begin at High Desert
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times


A week before protests in prisons are planned to start statewide, inmates at High Desert State Prison in far Northern California have launched their own hunger strike.


To cut STD rate, California considers condoms in prison
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled.

CALIFORNIA INMATES


Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval
Corey G. Johnson, The Center for Investigative Reporting


Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.


To read more on this topic follow these links:


http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/07/california-prisons-were-illegally-sterilizing-female-inmates/66905/


http://www.mediaite.com/online/california-prisons-forcibly-sterilized-150-women-treated-them-like-animals-they-didnt-want-to-breed/


http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/07/07/Female-inmates-sterilized-without-approval/UPI-24111373215112/?spt=hs&or=tn


The Murky History of California's Ban on Personal Inmate Photos

Michael Montgomery, The California Report

The history of California's unusual ban on personal photographs for inmates held in special security units remains murky.

State corrections officials said inmates assigned to the units were always barred from having new photographs taken ever since the facilities were developed in the early 1980s. But a review of documents and interviews with former inmates suggest the ban developed in a haphazard fashion.


Ex-landlord out from behind bars
Rosalio Ahumada, The Modesto Bee

MODESTO — More than 16 years after authorities arrested him and later sentenced him to spend the rest of his life in prison, George Souliotes walked out a free man from a Stanislaus County jail Wednesday afternoon.


Sacramento priest accepts plea deal in molestation case
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Grudgingly, one of the nation's leading critics of the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse by priests credited the Sacramento Diocese with doing some things right in the prosecution of the Rev. Uriel Ojeda.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


Day-care killer, abuser denied parole
UPI.com


CORONA, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- A California parole board has denied the release of a former day-care provider who was convicted in 1983 of murdering a toddler and abusing 30 other children.

REALIGNMENT


Jail expansion: Last option in crime fight?
Jason Campbell, Manteca Bulletin

There is no room at the inn.

Those arrested for petty, non-violent crimes end up back on the street in a couple of days – some within 24-hours – only for police to often run across them for the same crime.

CDCR RELATED

Lawmakers approve 4.5 percent raises for state union that has donated $54,000 to governor
Don Thompson, Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, California — Rebounding state revenue bolstered by temporary tax increases recently approved by voters are paying off for California's largest public employees' union.


We need to take extra steps to protect peace officers

Michael Ramos, Fontana Herald News

Every hour of every day, law enforcement officers in San Bernardino County put their personal safety at risk to protect our communities.


Probation in the dark on some arriving inmates
Tami Abdollah, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- County probation officials say they aren't consistently getting required notice about inmates being released to their supervision, making it harder to monitor felons and potentially endangering the public.


The late notice puts additional pressure on an overburdened criminal justice system where county offices are underfunded and understaffed. Officials worry convicted felons are ending up on the streets without anyone helping or keeping an eye on them.


Property crimes get less police attention in Sacramento area

Kim Minugh, The Sacramento Bee

In Jennifer Seghers' corner of Land Park, property crimes are almost a weekly occurrence – a fact Seghers became aware of only after she fell victim herself.


Her car was broken into last year and Seghers wanted to warn her neighbors. Turns out: 

"Everybody has a story."
 

Meth use is up in Sacramento, but cracking down is harder
Jack Newsham, The Sacramento Bee

In the wake of another study indicating widespread meth use in Sacramento, Central Valley law enforcement officials say savvy meth traffickers have made it harder to crack down on the drug.