Friday, August 23, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Legislators to spend money to avoid prisoner release
John Myers, News 10 – ABC

With the clock ticking on both this year's legislative session and a federal court deadline, lawmakers are poised to consider a budget amendment as soon as next week to finance the transfer of thousands of inmates out of state prisons.

Jerry Brown Considers Prison Alliance Between Private Company, Union
Saki Knafo, The Huffington Post

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has no intention of releasing state prisoners convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, despite a federal court order requiring the state to reduce its prison population by the end of the year, sources told HuffPost. 

Jerry Brown eyes putting state guards in private prison
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

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SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown is negotiating a deal that would staff a private prison in Kern County with state guards and give California its 35th lockup.
"It's a win-win," said Joe Baumann, finance director for the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn., the state's powerful union for prison guards.


Committee to review AB 109 inmates
Report: Department failed to identify alleged murderer as high-risk
Edwin Folven, Park Labrea News, Beverly Press

In response to a murder on Hollywood Boulevard in June in which a transient with a long criminal history stabbed a woman to death after she refused to give him $1, the Los Angeles County Department of Probation has created a new committee to review cases involving inmates who are released under the state law, AB 109.

Probation chief says AB 109 program moving in the right direction
Beatriz Valenzuela, Press Telegram

Despite Los Angeles County probation officials’ announcement Tuesday that they plan to ramp up department operations, some authorities still feel officers tasked with monitoring inmates released under the state’s Prison Realignment plan should be armed when dealing with the potentially dangerous population. 

As Oxnard crime rises, police blame inmates' release
John Scheibe, The Ventura County Star

Oxnard has seen an increase in most types of reported crime during the first six months of this year over the same period last year, a gain law enforcement officials blame in part on the state’s prison realignment program.


Public-Sector IT Leaders Honored for Innovation and Service at Government Technology Conference


SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/22/13 -- e.Republic's Center for Digital Government honored public-sector leaders agencies for their work in information technology (IT) at the 2013 Best of California awards ceremony held during Government Technology Conference (GTC) West. 

For transgender prisoners, hormones seen as matter of  life and death

Bill Briggs NBC News 

Self-castration, suicide and waves of desperation are byproducts of the denial of sex hormones to inmates yearning to switch genders, advocates say.


Editorial: Crime, drugs and recidivism
The Santa Cruz Sentinel

The dilemma of street crime and the local drug trade was illustrated in the Sentinel this week in two separate stories.