Thursday, September 19, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Imperial Valley News

Martin Hoshino, 49, of Folsom has been appointed undersecretary of operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has held multiple positions since 2003, including acting undersecretary of operations, undersecretary of administration and offender services, executive officer at the Board of Parole Hearings and assistant secretary at the Office of Internal Affairs. Hoshino was chief assistant inspector general at the California Office of the Inspector General from 2000 to 2003, where he was assistant inspector general from 1999 to 2000. He held multiple positions at the California State Controller’s Office from 1988 to 1999, including project manager, agency telecommunications representative and staff analyst. Hoshino earned a Master of Arts degree in public administration and political science from the University of California, Davis. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $174,996. Hoshino is a Democrat.

Day in the Life of a K-9 Officer Team
Anywhere but home, dogs are working
Dana Simas, Public Information Officer

It’s a scorcher of a day, but these officers know there’s a job that needs to be done.
They reported for duty around 5:30 a.m. and start working the housing unit at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville, their first of the three prisons they will visit today. They go in and out of the cells, trying to help California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) fight against contraband in our prisons.

State of the art dental clinics completed at 7 prisons

Bill Sessa, Public Information Officer

In late August, California State Prison, Solano, became the seventh CDCR institution to open a newly remodeled dental clinic, completing the first phase of a department-wide make-over that ultimately will span 23 prisons by the end of next year.


County Law Enforcement Backs State Prison Compromise

Arvin Temkar, Monterey County Weekly

Two years ago, a federal court ordered the state to fix its prisons because massively overstuffed facilities amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The deadline to shed more than 33,000 inmates is the end of this year.

But the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – even after trying to pass the responsibility onto counties – still has about 9,000 inmates to cut, feds report.


San Quentin inmates and the city work together to fight violence
Joaquin Palomino, Richmond Confidential

James Houston spent about half of his life living in Richmond. The other half was spent behind the walls, fences and accordion wire in the California State Prison system.

When he was first incarcerated for second-degree murder, Houston, 39, noticed a common ground amongst many inmates from Richmond. “We didn’t welcome outsiders, we didn’t mingle,” he said. “It’s such a small city, and people are just a little tighter to each other.”

How Imprisoned Mexican Mafia Leader Exerts Secret Control Over LA Street Gangs

Michael Montgomery, KQED

Running a criminal organization while locked inside one of America's most secure prisons requires imagination, cunning and ruthlessness. It also demands a firm set of rules and a way to impose them on operatives on the streets, often violent and obstreperous gang members.

California Corrections Department Already Prepping Inmate Transfers
Scott Detrow, KQED

Facing a looming deadline to move about 8,000 inmates out of California’s prison system, Gov. Jerry Brown is once again asking federal judges for an extension. In a request filed Monday, the administration asked the panel to move the deadline from Dec. 31 to the end of 2016.

California inmates face transfers to out-of-state prisons

Lewis Griswold, Fresno Bee

Thousands of California inmates face transfer to out-of-state prisons as the state struggles to reduce the prison population by year end to comply with a court order.

But the pending transfer would be shelved if the Brown administration's request this week to a special three-judge federal court for a three-year extension is granted.


Reputed S. Cal gang member charged with murder for shooting that killed 6-year-old girl
Associated Press

MORENO VALLEY, California — A parolee and reputed gang member has been charged with a shooting that killed a 6-year-old girl and wounded her father at a family gathering in Southern California.


Overall crime in Long Beach continues to dip in 2013
Beatriz Valenzuela, Press Telegram

LONG BEACH >> While property crime numbers showed an uptick in 2012 in the city, all crime has decreased notably so far this year.

Long Beach police have reported a 7 percent decline in property crime from January to August this year compared to the same timeframe in 2012. 

Inland Empire cities see jumps in property crime, homicides

Doug Saunders and Melissa Pinion-Whitt, San Bernardino Sun

Homicides rose in Pomona and San Bernardino in 2012, while vehicle thefts jumped in Redlands and Ontario, according to FBI crime statistics released this week.


Los Angeles County to send 500 inmates to fire camps
The move is a way to ease crowding in L.A. County jails and avoid early releases resulting from the state's realignment program.
Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County supervisors have agreed to shift more than 500 inmates to mountain-area firefighting camps across the region in a bid to ease jail crowding and increase the amount of time serious criminal offenders remain behind bars.

Some county jail inmates headed to state fire camps
Rina Palta, KPCC

As part of an ongoing effort to decrease the county's jail population, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a three-year, $27-million contract that would send hundreds of inmates to state firefighting camps.

Tuolumne County Inmates Heading To SCC
B.J. Hansen,

Sonora, CA -- Several Tuolumne County inmates will be transferred to the Sierra Conservation Center while repairs are made to the county jail. 

The Tuolumne County Supervisors approved a contract with the California Department of Corrections to house up to 38 inmates at SCC over a four month period. The contract will cost the county a maximum of $200K. It was noted that most of the inmates that will be shipped to SCC are AB 109 prisoners. 

Former site of youth facility in Paso Robles is still in limbo
Once eyed as a potential prison site, former juvenile correctional facility may become a charter school
Tonya Strickland, San Luis Obispo Tribune

The fate of the sprawling North County property that was formerly home to the El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility is again up in the air.

Earlier this year, San Luis Obispo County leaders said they were eyeing parts of the roughly 160-acre site at Airport and Dry Creek roads for a multicounty 200-bed regional jail after the state declared the facility surplus in December 2012.

Orange Sued over Ordinance Requiring Sex Offenders to Post Signs at Homes on Halloween
Matt Coker, OC Weekly

A federal lawsuit was filed today challenging a city of Orange ordinance that requires sex offenders to post signs on the front door of their residences on Halloween, according to a group trying to change such laws in California