Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


MEDAL OF VALOR - Corrections officers honored by the state

The Stockton Record

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation honored six employees of correctional facilities in and around San Joaquin County during its annual Medal of Valor ceremony last week.

3 state workers honored for Kings County actions
The Fresno Bee

Three California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees from Kings County were honored for courage and conduct beyond the call of duty.

COLTON: Four police officers to receive lifesaving medals
Brian Rokos, Press Enterprise

Four Colton police officers will receive the department’s lifesaving medal on Tuesday, Sept. 3, for coming to the aid of a Department of Corrections officer who had been shot.
Sgt. Steve Davis, Cpl. Gary Gruenzer and officers Greg Castillo and Mike Collins will be honored at the City Council meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. City Hall is at 650 N. La Cadena Drive.

Low-level offenders pick up litter on local highways
Community groups can request a work crew
Kerana Todorov, Napa Valley Register

On a recent Saturday, as the weekend traffic zoomed by on Highway 29 near American Canyon, four men wearing safety jackets, work gloves and hard hats grabbed pickup sticks and orange trash bags and started to pick litter along the highway.

Even violent and sex offenders released early by L.A. County Jail

Budget and overcrowding problems cause many inmates to serve as little as 40% of the time they were meant to spend in jail.
Jack Leonard and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times

More jail inmates in Los Angeles County are being set free after serving only a fraction of their sentences because of budget problems and a space crunch caused by an influx of offenders now serving their terms in county jails rather than state prisons.


California’s Prison Problems Won’t Extinguish Inmate Firefighters

Another challenging season is again showing the value of the state's all-prisoner fire crews
Nate Rawlings, Time

Two weeks after the Rim Fire started burning in northern California, thousands of firefighters are still working around the clock to slow its spread. As water-laden planes and helicopters attack the blaze from the air, crews on the ground labor to clear wood and dry brush, dig firelines and start small backfires to draw the main blaze away from populated areas. It’s dangerous, heroic work by almost any measure. But of the nearly 4,000 firefighters battling the Rim Fire, 600 are not exactly the grade school role models you might imagine. They are California state prisoners.

Doing time on the fire line
Prisoners important to wildland firefighting efforts
J. Harry Jones, U~T San Diego

WARNER SPRINGS — If they aren’t actively working a fire, cutting lines and saving homes, the women of Puerta La Cruz Conservation Camp stand at a red line every weekday morning exactly at 8:30.

At that moment they are prisoners, detained by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and serving sentences for felonies committed in places far removed from their present circumstances.

Yosemite wildfire still raging, keeps tourists away

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 31 — Fire crews battling to outflank a monster wildfire inside Yosemite National Park made headway yesterday in confining flames to wilderness areas but were powerless to salvage the region’s sputtering tourist economy at the end of its peak summer tourist season.


Murderer denied parole for 1979 Angwin shooting
Kerana Todorov, Napa Valley Register

A man convicted of shooting to death a former girlfriend in Angwin in 1979 remains in prison after a Napa County Superior Court judge this summer denied his petition to be released after three decades behind bars.

Randall Maluenda, now 57 and an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, is serving 17 years to life for the second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, Holly Ganir, on May 30, 1979, about six months after she broke up with him.


Cities call for changes in AB 109 administration
Emily Brunett, Tehachapi News

Assembly Bill 109, otherwise known as "prison realignment," has impacted communities like Tehachapi in a very negative way, according to Councilman and retired corrections professional Ed Grimes.

At the City Council meeting Aug. 19, Grimes said the statistics he acquired from the Tehachapi Police Department report around 9,000 incidents between January and August 2012, and more than 18,000 through the same eight months in 2013.

Few consequences for GPS absconders
Dana Littlefield, UT San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Despite two unsuccessful attempts this year, San Diego prosecutors are planning to propose a law in the next legislative session that would make it a felony for a criminal offender under supervision in California to cut off a GPS monitoring device.

Concerns over GPS absconders have only swelled as the state continues to grapple with its public safety realignment law, a measure that has in effect further lessened the consequences for criminals who cut off their monitoring devices and disappear, said Lisa Rodriguez, a San Diego County deputy district attorney who has researched the issue.


The truth about 'early release'

Much of what you may have heard about the freeing of inmates is politically motivated hype.
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

Both Gov. Jerry Brown's ill-considered plan for complying with a court-ordered prison population cap by contracting out for inmate beds, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's much smarter plan to control the flow of new inmates into prison, are based on the desire to prevent, at almost all costs, the early release of inmates.

Rejected spending and the prisoner release crisis
Tom Elias, The Californian

For every action, goes the law of both physics and politics, there is a reaction, a consequence.
Now it seems more and more that a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown may have led directly to new demands for convict releases he calls a public danger, demands now backed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Viewpoints: More prison beds won’t make it safer for Californians
George Gascon, Sacramento Bee

In my three decades in law enforcement, I have watched as needlessly harsh penalties have overcrowded our prisons, bankrupted our state, and fed a costly and unnecessary cycle of crime. As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently put it, there are simply "too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons." What's worse, over incarceration is making Californians less safe, not more.

How many more jails?
Let's give drug and mental health treatment a shot — we couldn't do worse
The Stockton Record

State Senate Democrats have offered an alternative to Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to keep thousands of inmates incarcerated.

Will the alternative work?

The better question: Is what we're doing working?

And the answer: Clearly it is not.

Dan Morain: Crime is good for business

The Sacramento Bee

Crime can be good for business.

After spending his first two and half years in office reducing prison spending, Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan last week to comply with a federal court order that he limit prison crowding by increasing prison capacity by 8,000 inmates, at a cost of $315 million this year, $400 million next year, and more in years to come.