Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison guards would get 4 percent raise under preliminary deal, but would pay half retirement

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Leaders of the union representing most state prison guards have given tentative approval to a two-year contract containing a 4 percent pay raise.
The raise would start in 2015 under the agreement approved Saturday by directors of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. The union's 30,000 members have yet to vote.


Short-Term Solutions for Prison Realignment Overshadow Long-Term Efforts
Charlotte Dean, IVN

In July, a comprehensive, 58-county progress report was published by the Board of State and Community Corrections on California county jail procedures, including drastic differences in data collection, individual risk and needs assessments, and short-term versus long-term strategies.

Public safety is city's top priority
Steve Salomon, Visalia Times-Delta

Challenges the city of Visalia faces today come from a variety of areas. One in particular stands out as a top priority for city leaders, the organization, and citizens alike: public safety. This column focuses on the three forces at work today to effectively fight crime in the city: the community-wide efforts to combat gangs, the SMART Team and the new 911 Communication Center.


The Inmates and the Entrepreneur
Behind the walls of San Quentin, one Silicon Valley innovator is preparing convicted felons for a new kind of future—in tech.
Diana Kapp, Modern Luxury

For most of the last eight and a half years, Heracio “Ray” Harts’s daily uniform was dark pants and a short-sleeved blue shirt emblazoned with the words “CDCR Prisoner.” He spent his days packaging test tubes as part of a San Quentin joint venture with a medical supply company, his evenings sitting on a bucket reading in the 6 1/2-by-12-foot space he shared with his “celly” or in a classroom studying for his college degree. The thing that defined him—to the world, if not to his family and friends—was the crime he committed on a Friday night back in 2004, when he shot a man outside a friend’s house in Stockton. “I killed someone, a father, with kids,” he says. “It’s something I’m very remorseful about. You don’t forget what you’ve done. You try to make things better.” But as much as Harts was determined to do that—to leave prison a better man, to take care of his wife and kids, to make a positive contribution to his community—he knew the road ahead would be long and arduous. Both his brother and his uncle were serving time alongside him in San Quentin; many of his childhood acquaintances were in prison as well. “I would lie in my cell worrying about the future,” he recalls. “I was sure that no one would ever hire me.”


Coercion and Prisoner Hunger Strikes
Wesley J. Smith, National Review

I have written before in support of Guantanamo authorities force feeding hunger striking inmates, once the fast gets to the point that strikers are in immediate jeopardy of harm. The bioethics and medical establishment call that a violation of autonomy and forced medical treatment. Baloney. Prisoners have limited autonomy and no prison administration should stand back and watch prisoners actively harm themselves.