Friday, August 9, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Governor changes tactics, seeks more private prison beds to avoid freeing Calif. inmates early
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Eight months after Gov. Jerry Brown tried to end California's reliance on private prisons to handle an overflow of inmates, his administration has changed tactics.

California seeks private prison deals
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is discussing deals to lease more than 4,600 private and publicly owned prison beds in California, inching the state toward compliance with federal court orders to reduce crowding in its own lockups.

Private prisons won't solve California's problems, advocates say
Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — California officials want to comply with a court order to reduce the prison population by simply locking up inmates in different places, but advocates say that's a shortsighted approach to the problem.


California prisoners continue hunger strikes
Prison protests against "cruel and inhumane conditions" are seen by officials as ploy by gang leaders to regain power.
Alfonso Serrano, Aljazeera

Hundreds of inmates across California prisons are continuing their hunger strike, one month after starting protests to highlight what they say are inhumane conditions in solitary confinement.

Skeptical prison officials have dismissed the action as a ploy by gang leaders to regain power.


Fugitive Gang Member Arrested
Santa Barbara Edhat

On August 7th, 2013, at 07:15 AM, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Gang Enforcement Unit located and apprehended 29-year-old Ernest Gil of Santa Maria, during a traffic stop at the intersection of North Thornburg Street at Mill Street in the city of Santa Maria. Gang Detectives knew Gil to have two warrants issued for his arrest, including a no-bail warrant for escaping from parole and a $250,000 warrant for assault with a firearm. Gil is a Santa Maria gang member who has a history of narcotic sales, domestic violence, firearms possession and vandalism.


Cynthia Brown assumes leadership role at Ventura, but for how long?
Selena Teji, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo is one of three remaining state operated facilities for California’s high-needs justice-involved youth. The facilities are under court mandate to improve their conditions of care, previously documented as inhumane and abusive. Today, Ventura YCF still struggles to meet those mandates, in part due to its fragmented and ever changing leadership.

U.S. Prisons Are a Mess. Congress May Actually Do Something About It.

Matt Berman, National Journal

Prisons in the United States are something of a disaster—both in terms of justice and the budget.

Raids Cripple ‘Budding’ Mexican Mafia, Drug Cartel Joint ‘Project’
EGP News

Twenty-two people named in two federal grand jury indictments outlining an alliance between the Mexican Mafia prison gang, a South Los Angeles street gang and a drug cartel were arrested Tuesday in a series of Southern California raids.


California's prison mess
The federal court order to cut the inmate population in state prisons offers an opportunity to revamp criminal justice.
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

Under a 4-year-old order to reduce the state's prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown is preparing, finally, to file a plan with the court outlining how he and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation intend to comply. They have been dragging their feet long enough — and in fact are continuing to do so. They lost their request last week to block the order and are now pressing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to get out from under a Dec. 31 deadline. The longer they wait, the more difficult it will be for communities to safely reabsorb former inmates and for the state's criminal justice system to begin operating in a more efficient and effective fashion.