Monday, September 23, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Meet the Women Prisoners Fighting San Diego County’s Fires
Joel Hoffman, Voice of San Diego

At the bottom of a dirt path off Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad, just around the bend from a bustling Costco, 13 women in orange jump suits prepare for an afternoon of clearing brush and litter.

“This a typical day when we’re not fighting fires,” said Capt. Jon Heggie of Cal Fire. “They all say they want to be here. But who wants to be in prison?”

Dan Morain: Hollywood producer and San Quentin inmate live worlds apart
The Sacramento Bee

Scott Budnick, the fabulously successful producer of the “Hangover” movies, was dining on prosciutto and fig pizza with friends in the rooftop restaurant of the Luxe Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night, when the Governor’s Office called.

Jerry Brown had signed legislation that was of special interest to Budnick. It had nothing to do with the big money stuff The Industry so often seeks from Sacramento. This bill could give a break to Miguel Quezada – who lives in a world far removed from Budnick’s – and guys like him.


Sonoma County law enforcement officials say realignment hasn't led to crime spike

Julie Johnson, The Press Democrat

When the state began shifting hundreds of convicted criminals to county responsibility in 2011, the change provoked fear and debate in communities across California over whether crime rates would spike.

Yet two years in, the image of hardened prisoners flooding local streets and committing more crimes has not been borne out, several Sonoma County law enforcement leaders said.

Supervisors Tackle Riverside County Jail Overcrowding

Paul Young, Valley News

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County supervisors today will weigh the county's options for relieving jail overcrowding -- and stemming the tide of inmates released for lack of space -- by expanding existing correctional facilities as well as possibly building new ones. 

Cops raid county jail: Multi-agency effort nets insight into gang communications
Almendra Carpeza, Chicoer News

OROVILLE — Razor blades, gang notes and handcuff keys were among the items confiscated during a multi-agency raid Thursday at the Butte County Jail.
Authorities conducted searches in the maximum security cells of alleged gang members in efforts to crack down on criminal activity at the jail and gain information on the organizations.


Brown appoints San Bernardino County probation chief to state board

Joe Nelson, The San Bernardino Sun

San Bernardino County Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray Brown has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the board on Sept. 11 and she was sworn in the following day, according to a news release from the Probation Department.

Yoga, meditation being pushed as ways to cut prison violence, boost well-being
Douglas Quan, Vancouver Sun

Even though some politicians have derided prison yoga programs as unnecessary inmate "coddling," there's a growing push for their expansion across Canada.

Advocates say yoga and meditation boost inmates' mental well-being and help to reduce prison violence. They point to the success of programs in the U.S., including one at California's San Quentin State Prison, notorious for housing some of the most dangerous offenders.

Coalinga hopes to fill jail with state inmates
Lewis Griswold and Marc Benjamin, The Fresno Bee

Four southern San Joaquin Valley cities with empty jails have been told by state prison officials to prepare to reopen them, although details about when inmates would move in are fuzzy.

The GEO Group Signs Contracts for 1,400 Modified Community Correctional Facility Beds in California

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) (“GEO”) announced today the signing of contracts with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the “Department”) for the housing of 1,400 California inmates at the company-owned, 700-bed Central Valley Modified Community Correctional Facility and the company-owned, 700-bed Desert View Modified Community Correctional Facility (the “Facilities”) located in McFarland, California and Adelanto, California respectively.


Editorial: Crime and Punishment
The Reporter

After years of steady decline, it's disappointing to see even a slight rise in the number of crimes reported in Vacaville and environs. Yet it's important to remember that one year's worth of data doesn't necessarily indicate a trend.