Friday, September 13, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR prepares inmates for carpentry jobs
Dana Simas, OPEC Public Information Officer

With new home construction beginning to rebound in California, the sound of hammers pounding wooden studs into submission and the smell of fresh sawdust in the air are becoming common again in many California communities.

However, this jobsite is located on the grounds of California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville and the inmates are the craftsmen. The prisoners are learning carpentry, a career technical education program offered at the prison, with the hope that the trade skills they’re developing will be their lifeline to stay out of prison after their release.


Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation to reduce prison overcrowding
Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a plan to address prison overcrowding, less than four months before the state has been ordered to reduce its prison population by thousands of inmates.
Under the terms of the bill, Brown will ask a panel of three federal judges to delay or modify their order, giving the state more time to reduce the prison population by expanding rehabilitation programs.


Co-defendant in 2007 California killing to be released after court finds his trial was unfair
The Associated Press

NAPA, California — A Northern California man who has spent seven years behind bars will be released after his murder conviction was overturned because a federal court found he got an unfair trial.

Marquis Douglas, now 23, and his older brother Junor, now 24, were tried as adults and convicted of second-degree murder in the 2007 shooting death of Anthony Gee.


Parole options for inmates convicted as minors
Samantha Gallegos, Capitol Weekly

Under the law, minors are treated differently than adults.
A minor can’t legally purchase tobacco, alcohol, or firearms — although when it comes to judicial punishment, they may bear the same consequences as adults.


DA: Drug Reform Could Solve Gov. Jerry Brown's Prison Problem

Chris Roberts, SF Weekly

The scurrying in Sacramento this week -- as legislators scramble to meet today's deadline to pass legislation this year -- included horse-trading over California's prison crowding.

The state is under federal court order to reduce its prison population and notorious overcrowding, and must find another place for 9,600 people currently behind bars by the end of the year.

Fontana event emphasizes the importance of fathers
Alejandro Cano, Fontana Herald News

The presence of a father figure in the growth and development of young people can help reduce high rates of violence, unemployment, and poverty as well as bring down the number of incarcerations and school dropouts.

California pays $585,000 to ex-inmate who lost eye in prison
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

This post has been updated.

SACRAMENTO -- The state has paid $585,000 to a former inmate who alleged he lost his eye to poor medical care while in prison.

Frank Lucero was in the state prison at Chino in 2008 for a parole violation when pressure inside his eye, which was stricken with glaucoma, caused the cornea burst. He alleged that prison officials had taken away his pressure-relieving medication and had failed to send him to see an eye doctor despite growing pain.


Cali Dept of Corrections v. Peter Laarman On Prison Crowding

The Editors, Religion Dispatches Magazine

In response to Peter Laarman's Sept. 3 editorial "Jerry Brown's Cynical, Unethical Prison Plan," RD received the following letter from Deborah Hoffman, assistant secretary of communications for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Laarman's response immediately follows. 

To The Editors,

Peter Laarman waxes polemic in his ill-informed attack on California Gov. Jerry Brown, concluding that his “devilish deal” to address a federal court order on prisons is another example of the Governor’s “political expediency” (Jerry Brown's Cynical, Unethical Prison Plan, op-ed, Sept. 3). But the truth, something Mr. Laarman and his readers no doubt value, is that Gov. Brown has done more in the past 2 ½ years to intelligently reform the criminal justice system than any Governor in the nation and the reforms he pushed, and signed into law, are among the most significant – and thoughtful – our state has seen in decades.