Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California Considers Force-Feeding Inmates

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

If dozens of hunger-striking California state prison inmates are so close to death they must be force-fed, the method will likely be less invasive than what was used on terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the prison system's top medical services official said Tuesday.


Punishment by Design: The Power of Architecture Over the Human Mind

Rachel Swan, San Francisco Weekly

Billy Sell was not, by any means, a sympathetic character. He'd earned a double life sentence for attempted first-degree murder. He'd been deemed too dangerous to interact with other inmates and had been confined in what's called a "security housing unit," or SHU, when he was found dead. After conducting an autopsy, the Kings County coroner's office ruled that 32-year-old Sell had hanged himself. But activists insist that Sell died of starvation, that he had joined 32,000 other prisoners to protest the harsh conditions in California's four security housing units, including the one in California State Prison, Corcoran, where he sat awaiting trial for murdering a cell mate. As his pale, brooding face graced newspaper broadsides, Sell became an unsettling specter in a large and acrimonious debate.


The Road to Realignment
County probation officers take on more supervision of parolees
Jessica M. Pasko, Good Times Weekly

As state officials continue to grapple with overcrowded prisons, much of the burden continues to be pushed onto local governments with varying success.

In October 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 109, also known as realignment, which laid out steps for reducing the state’s severely overcrowded prisons to comply with federal mandates. At the time the law went into effect, there were more than 143,000 inmates in state prisons—nearly twice the facilities’ capacity.

LAPD Chief Beck: More than 100 cops monitoring felons released under state prison realignment (UPDATED)

Rina Palta, KPCC

Update 4:30 p.m. LAPD won't weigh in on funding debate

LAPD will spend $18.1 million in 2013 monitoring ex-offenders released from prison to county supervision, according to report presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday.
Assistant Chief Michel Moore, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said the investment has been a good proactive strategy, targeting a population that traditionally reoffends at high rates.


It's Not Just Federal Prisons: State Prisons Are a Mess, Too
Matt Berman, The National Journal

In Arkansas, there aren't enough prison beds for all the inmates. Tasked with housing 14,753 people, the state's prisons have fallen around 280 beds short, with 1,400 state inmates being held in county jails as of Monday. Arkansas's state prison director told the corrections board that there are 300 beds ready for use, but it would cost $8 million to hire new employees and run the new facilities. 

The Fight Against Putting Teens in Solitary
A lawsuit against East Bay juvenile authorities and legislation in Sacramento seek to greatly limit the practice of locking up youth in solitary confinement for months at a time.
Toshio Meronek, East Bay Express

After Cici C.'s son spent three months in solitary confinement at Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall in Martinez, the seventeen-year-old suffered a severe mental breakdown. "When my son was hospitalized, I did not know that Juvenile Hall had transferred him ... until a nurse from [Contra Costa Regional Medical Center] contacted me," explained Cici C., whose face appeared cloaked in shadows in a recorded interview posted to YouTube on August 8. "I asked why was my son there, and she told me that at that time he wasn't talking at all. ... He was really out of it ... and that juvenile hall had told her how he had spread feces on the wall, how he had been talking to himself and having outbursts."

Jury finds 79-year-old former photographer guilty of decades-old killings of 4 US women
Paul Elias, The Associate Press

SAN FRANCISCO - A former photographer was convicted Tuesday of murdering four young California women decades ago after a two-month trial in which prosecutors called him a remorseless serial killer who preyed on young prostitutes.