Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


30,000 California prisoners refuse meals in apparent hunger strike
Protesting California prison policies of indefinite isolation, inmates signal beginning of a hunger strike by refusing meals.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Officials said 30,000 California inmates refused meals Monday at the start of a prison strike involving two-thirds of the state's 33 lockups, as well as four out-of-state facilities.

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Prison realignment: Counties, local law enforcement unlikely to see any major fix
Julie Small, KPCC

California’s Realignment law  was the Brown Administration’s solution to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. The law (AB109) sends lower-level felons to serve sentences in county jails. But the state hasn’t reduced the prison population enough to satisfy a federal court, and 9,600 more inmates must be released by year’s end.

Supes to take next step for jail expansion
Cost analysis required to receive $33 million for project
Mike Eiman, The Hanford Sentinel

HANFORD — In order to secure state funding for the Kings County Jail expansion, the Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a cost analysis associated with the project at its meeting Tuesday.


Guilt, innocence and the American way
Nick O’Malley, Sydney Morning Herald

The first man to be freed from death row in the US because of DNA evidence remembers the moment his lawyer gave him the news as though it were yesterday. 

''It is as clear as the vision before me now,'' says Kirk Bloodsworth, who was exonerated in 1993 after nine years in prison.


A Civilized Society
Mike Farrell, Huffington Post

"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones." - Nelson Mandela

"... even the vilest criminal remains a human being possessed of common human dignity" - Justice William J. Brennan

Today, more American men and women struggle to survive in prison than do the citizens of any other country in the world. And here correctional officers, staff, administrators and wardens are virtual royalty, holding unquestioned authority over the lives, circumstances and futures of those entrusted to their care. This is ironic because 'care' is a word ill-used to describe the situations of many who today suffer abuse, discrimination and in some cases torture at the hands of the often ruthless "public officials" who wield power over Secure Housing Units (SHUs) for selected inmates and an Adjustment Center (AC) for the condemned.