Monday, August 26, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison honor guard performs at Padres game
Chelcey Adami, Imperial Valley Press

The Calipatria State Prison honor guard represented not only the Department of Corrections but also the Imperial Valley during an appearance in the opening ceremony of a major league baseball game last week.

Members of the Calipatria State Prison honor guard as well as a member from Centinela State Prison’s honor guard attended the Padres-Pirates game Aug. 19 in San Diego’s Petco Park.


Inmates fearful as some are sent into valley fever prisons
Rachel Cook, Bakersfield Californian

California prisoner Louis Baca and his family tried everything they could think of to keep the convicted murderer out of Pleasant Valley State Prison.

They pleaded with prison counselors. They called the office of the federal receiver tasked with managing California's inmates' health care. Baca himself tried to appeal the decision to move him from Mule Creek State Prison southeast of Sacramento to the prison in Fresno County.

Calif. counties try range of approaches to reduce re-offense rates among ex-cons under new law
Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

SANTA ANA, California — California's 58 counties are grappling with the best way to cut the re-offense rate for former state prisoners who are now being released to the counties for local supervision.


Atheist parolee wins federal appeal, is entitled to damages in rights case
Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

An atheist parolee who was sent back to prison after he balked at participating in a religious-oriented drug treatment program must receive monetary compensation, a federal appellate court ruled Friday.


Supervisors to consider ways to reduce jail population
Bradley Village project also up for discussion
Brian Bullock, Santa Maria Times

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will discuss ways to reduce recidivism and possibly approve plans for Bradley Village in Orcutt when it meets Tuesday in Santa Maria.


PM UPDATE: Wildfire burning east of Los Molinos
Red Bluff Daily News

The Deer Fire about 12 miles east of Los Molinos has grown to 10,310 acres and is 35 percent contained as of Sunday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Jury finds Paul Moore guilty in murder of Colusa ranch foreman
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Following about five hours of deliberations, a jury decided Friday which cousin killed the ranch foreman of the Moore Brothers rice farming operation in Colusa County, and the answer was the one sitting in the defendant's chair.

Does California put ex-cons on a bus to Reno?

Mark Robinson, The Reno Gazette

The claim: California gives prisoners a one-way bus ticket to Reno.

The background:
A story this week by the RGJ’s Martha Bellisle reported that the San Francisco city attorney office is accusing Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health services of “patient dumping” by putting nine patients on a bus or train headed for California.


Saunders: prison hunger strike a dangerous game
Debra Saunders, The Statesman Journal

Here’s how you know the California prison inmate hunger strike is a stunt, if a dangerous stunt: The strike to protest security housing units in California prisons began with 30,000 participants; Jay Leno, Susan Sarandon and other celebrities signed a letter that denounced the SHU as “solitary confinement” and “torture.” As of Thursday, the count was down to 79 inmates, including 44 who had fasted continuously.

Al Jazeera drinks prison hunger strike kool-aid
Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Gate

As I was researching my Sunday column on the California prison strike, I ran across a number of Al Jazeera stories on the network’s Website. Like this Aug. 21 story, “Hunger Strike in California prisons escalate.” Escalates? The number of hunger strikers fell from 30,000 on July 8 to fewer than 200 on Aug. 16, which the story reported. So how did it escalate?

Who are the real drug-war criminals?
Randy Alcom, The Santa Maria Times

U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder recently announced that people convicted of certain low-level drug crimes will no longer be given severe mandatory prison sentences.
The nation’s top cop has not gotten soft on crime, he is simply confronting one of the realities of the war on drugs — overflowing prisons.