Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

American Correctional Association Certifies Five California Prisons Including Ione
SACRAMENTO – Five California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons were certified today by the American Correctional Association (ACA) during its 143rd Congress of Correction in National Harbor, Maryland....
Calaveras News-The Pine Tree

Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, High Desert State Prison in Susanville, Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, North Kern State Prison in Delano and Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City received near-perfect scores by the ACA, the oldest, most respected and largest international correctional association in the world.

California prison hunger strike appears headed for stalemate
Advocates for inmates say keeping prisoners in isolation is a form of torture that must end. The state corrections chief says the strike is controlled by violent gangs.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times


SACRAMENTO — The hunger strike in California prisons has dragged into its sixth week, apparently headed for stalemate.


Although Gov. Jerry Brown has made no public comment on the protest, his corrections chief says it is controlled by violent prison gangs bent on increasing their power. Advocates for the inmates say spending 23 hours a day in a windowless cell for decades is a form of torture that must end.

CALIFORNIA INMATES


Inmate chokes doctor at N. California prison

Associated Press


IONE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Northern California prison doctor is recovering after an inmate attacked her.


The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement Tuesday that 61-year-old inmate Robert Daniel Perry grabbed the 65-year-old doctor by the hair and started choking her during a medical appointment Monday at Mule Creek State Prison.


Lawmakers seek safeguards against sterilization of prison inmates
Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- Advocates for women prison inmates called Tuesday for state law to be changed to make sure convicts are not subject to sterilization surgery for birth control, and oversight over medical care is improved.

Life sentence for killer of Tracy motel manager

Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Stockton Record


STOCKTON - An intruder who raped and murdered a Tracy motel manager was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in state prison after pleading guilty in a negotiated agreement with prosecutors.


Stephen Andrew Carreiro, 26, pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of 62-year-old Lalitaben Patel, a mother of four and manager at the Hacienda Inn in Tracy.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


Shots fired at dog as authorities chase parolee in Canyon Country

Joseph Serna and Emily Foxhall, Los Angeles Times


Shots were fired Tuesday as Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies assisted in trying to capture a parolee at large in Santa Clarita and a dog interrupted the pursuit, an official said.


The parolee's mother had notified the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that her son, whose name was not immediately released, had returned to their residence.


OPD: Body found in Vacaville identified as Sandra Coke

KTVU


OAKLAND, Calif. — A woman's body found near a Vacaville park last week is that of missing Oakland resident Sandra Coke, authorities said Tuesday.


The Alameda County Coroner's office has identified the body as the 50-year-old Coke, a federal investigator who had been missing since Aug. 4, Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said during a brief news conference with reporters.

REALIGNMENT

Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones: Don't panic over release of prisoners
Rick Longley, Willows Journal


Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones advises county residents not to be unduly alarmed by the additional mandated release of state prisoners to the counties.


"There is no need for panic," Jones said, but said it will take time to see whether the crime rate goes up because of it.


Probation Working Hard to Track GPS Wearing Parolees

Christian Hartnett, Central Coast News, KCOY 12/Fox 11

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - With AB 109 prison realignment in California, probation departments across the state are working harder than ever. That includes responding to alarms from GPS tracking devices on parolees.

CDCR RELATED


Pomona police start stepped-up enforcement in wake of killings
Melissa Pinion-Whitt, San Bernardino Sun


POMONA >> Police this week launched special enforcement operations targeting gang-related crime and areas of the city that are plagued by violence, an effort coming on the heels of last weekend’s three killings.

OPINION


Federal Realignment following California’s lead

Christopher Nelson, California Forward


Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder released a three page memo and gave a landmark speech to the American Bar Association (ABA) outlining the Obama administration’s dramatic philosophical shift toward drug-related crimes and the types of sentencing they receive.