Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Flexible Literacy Program Approved for California Prisons
Reading Horizons adopted for use in California state correctional facilities.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has adopted Reading Horizons as the literacy curriculum approved for use in ABE I and intervention classes. Initially accessible in 22 correctional computer labs, Reading Horizons is now in 34 correctional facilities across the state, teaching an additional 11,000 inmates to read and training 450 teachers in effective Adult Basic Education and reading intervention.


Mt. Diablo fire 60 percent contained

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. -- Evacuations were lifted and outdoor activities resumed on Tuesday in parts of Contra Costa County as firefighters worked to quell the Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo. 

Federal judge eases restrictions on LA third-striker freed after nearly 14 years in prison

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A judge has eased restrictions on a Los Angeles man who spent nearly 14 years in prison for a crime he denies committing.

Man pleads guilty to 2012 shooting death of his father in North Natomas
Andy Furillo, Sacramento Bee

Jason Micah Felder picked up his pistol as soon as the 10-day waiting period expired. Then he drove to his parents’ North Natomas home and told his mother he needed to speak to his father in private. He poured himself a drink.


Lawmakers OK parole hearings for Calif. inmates serving long terms for crimes as juveniles

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to require parole hearings for inmates who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for crimes they committed before they turned 18.


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

SANTA ANA, California — When Yen Ly was released from behind bars this spring, she assumed it wouldn't be long before she began committing credit card fraud again to keep up with bills while feeding a devastating meth habit.

Building New Jail Beds Not a Sustainable Realignment Solution, Officials Say
Charlotte Dean, IVN

When the San Diego Community Corrections Department began the controversial expansion of a local detention facility in early 2012, an observing NGO gave them a failing grade in evidence-based methods. Just a few months later, however, the primary purpose of the same expanded facility was changed and given new holistic re-entry programs for inmates preparing for a rocky transition back into society.

S.J.'s goal is smooth justice
Supervisors OK plans for new community corrections center
Zachary K. Johnson, The Stockton Record
STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday continued to plot the course of the changing local criminal justice system, including voting to seek $40 million in state funds to replace the county's aging, barracks-style Honor Farm with medium-security jail space.


Calif. voters to consider constitutional amendment to ensure access to local public records
Laura Olson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — California voters will decide whether the public's right to inspect local government records should be enshrined in the state constitution after lawmakers voted Tuesday to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot next June.

State should invest money in kids, not prisons, L.A. activists say
Abbey Sewell, Los Angeles Times

A day after leaders in Sacramento reached a deal on a proposed solution to prison overcrowding, advocates in Los Angeles rallied outside the jail complex downtown to call for funds to be diverted to early childhood education rather than prisons.

Fresno County Sheriff Mims wants state funds to replace south annex jail
John Ellis, Fresno Bee

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims wants to demolish the 66-year-old south annex jail in the heart of downtown and replace it with a brand new facility to help relieve inmate overcrowding.

Brown seeks $40M state grant for new jail
Transitional housing units targeted for funding

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown is seeking a $40 million state grant that would, in part, help with construction of the new north branch county jail, a spokesperson said.


Sacramento's prison deal

Before the courts lift a deadline on overcrowding, California must show it's serious about reform.
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

At the heart of the state's latest proposal to comply with a federal court order to reduce the prison population is a plea, yet again, for more time. If the judges say no and stick with their Dec. 31 deadline by which the state must release or find alternative housing for about 9,600 inmates, the deal brokered Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly leaders on the one side and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on the other will revert to the foolish plan that Brown proposed last month: Spend down the state's hard-won reserve fund by $715 million over the next two years and throw it down what the governor himself has called "the rathole of incarceration" by expanding the prison system with leased public and private cells for excess prisoners.

Phil Matier: 3-Strikes Law And California’s Costly Prison System
CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation’s toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and are out of prison.