Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Senate Democrats clash with California governor on plan to avoid 10,000 early inmate releases
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to deal with a federal court order to lower the state's prison population faces an uncertain future in the state Legislature because of opposition from key members of his own political party.

California governor proposes $315 million plan to ease prison overcrowding
Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, facing a federal court order to ease overcrowding in the state's prison system, proposed a $315 million plan on Tuesday to expand inmate capacity by leasing space from county jails and other facilities.

Brown Wants More Out-of-State Incarceration (and Spending), Less Early Release

Scott Detrow, KQED

Gov. Jerry Brown is giving in to the federal judges whom he’s fought all year over the solution to fixing California’s overcrowded prisons.

Brown battled to throw out a court order requiring California to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of system capacity by the end of the year. When the judges stuck to their Dec. 31 deadline, he asked the United States Supreme Court to stay the decision.

Jerry Brown seeks $315M to avoid mass release of prisoners
David Siders, Sacramento Bee

Under court order to reduce California's prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year, Gov. Jerry Brown asked the Legislature this afternoon to authorize about $315 million to avoid a mass release.

Capitol Alert: Activists urge Gov. Jerry Brown to release prisoners
Laurel Rosenhall, The Fresno Bee

Anticipating that Gov. Jerry Brown will soon release a plan to expand California's prison capacity in response to a federal court order to reduce inmate crowding, activists who say the state should not spend any more money on its prisons protested at a rally outside the Capitol today.

Fresno County Sheriff Mims supports Jerry Brown's latest prison plan
Proposal won't affect Fresno jail -- but does promote use of non-traditional prisons such as one in Coalinga
John Ellis, The Fresno Bee

California Gov. Jerry Brown's $315 million proposal to comply with the state's federally mandated prison plan would send inmates to counties that are willing to take them -- and have the jail space, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Tuesday.


Prisoners Are Fighting Wildfires For $1 An Hour

Christina Sterbenz, Business Insider

Prison inmates, who double as firefighters, fought a huge wildfire near California's Yosemite National Park on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

In conjunction with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the California Department of Corrections runs a rehabilitation program for inmates by training them to fight wildfires.

41 California Inmates Begin Seventh Week Of Hunger Strike

Kenny Godberg, KPBS

California — Forty-one California inmates who've been on a hunger strike since July 8 are still refusing food. Prison officials are calling for an end to the protest.
Inmates went on their hunger strike to protest prison conditions, including the practice of long-term solitary confinement. Nearly 400 prisoners have been isolated in small, windowless cells for more than a decade.


Merced County supervisors approve $67.8 million jail consolidation plan
Ramona Giwargis, The Merced Sun Star

Merced County supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to consolidate the county's two jails into a new six-floor facility, which officials say is crucial in reducing the number of inmate assaults and jail escapes.

The plan, however, depends on the county receiving $40 million in state funding, and an additional contribution of $28 million from the county. The total cost of the project is about $67.8 million.

Parole, probation sweep yields 20 arrests
The Modesto Bee

A group of local, state and federal law enforcement officials arrested 20 people last week in Ceres and Modesto as part of a probation and parole sweep, Ceres police announced Tuesday.


Deer Fire grows Tuesday, but containment increased
Andre Byik, Red Bluff Daily News

LOS MOLINOS — The Deer Fire burning in the foothills east of Los Molinos grew a couple of hundred acres today to 10,589, but containment increased to 82 percent, according to Cal Fire's evening update.

Jamming the Jail’s Revolving Door
County Considers ‘Outside the Box’ Approach to Reducing Recidivism
Brandon Fastman, Santa Barbara Independent

With Santa Barbara’s jail overcrowded and understaffed — a situation that a slated North County jail may alleviate but won’t remove altogether, especially with prison realignment shifting offenders to county jails — the county is looking for new methods of reducing recidivism. For that reason, County CEO Chandra Wallar has proposed to the supervisors a new model for funding services aimed at criminal offenders.