Thursday, September 26, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Judges Extend Deadline in Calif. Prison Case
Federal judges agreed to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing the state's prison population.
Tom Verdin, Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges agreed Tuesday to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California's prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis that has forced the state to spend billions of dollars to improve inmate medical care.

CALIFORNIA INMATES


From San Quentin's Death Row, A Gift For Life
Walter Pavlo, Forbes

In June, I visited one of the most notorious prisons in the United States, San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco, CA.  It was there that I met with Death Row inmate and artist William A. Noguera.  Noguera, now 49, was charged with murder in December 1983 and later sentenced to death in 1987.  He has been on San Quentin’s death row since he was 23 years old.


Escaped California prison inmate recaptured after 36 years on the run
Steve Gorman, Reuters


(Reuters) - A California prison inmate who escaped 36 years ago while serving time for armed robbery has been recaptured in Arkansas, becoming California's longest-sought fugitive inmate to be caught, a prisons spokeswoman said on Wednesday.


Attorney: Judge OKs videos of mentally ill inmates hit with pepper spray to be shown in court

Tom Verdin, Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, California — A federal court judge has decided that videos showing California prison guards dousing mentally ill prisoners with pepper spray can be shown in open court, an attorney representing inmates said Wednesday.


These Photos Prove It's Possible To Find Inner Peace Anywhere

Sasha Bronner, Huffington Post


California prisons have been under fire for overcrowding and solitary confinement conditions. While prisoners captured headlines recently with a 60-day hunger strike, we found these prisoners capturing our imaginations as they found a way to thrive behind bars.
These aren't the type of prison photos we are used to seeing, but we were inspired by these depictions of grace and beauty as photographer Robert Sturman documented prisoners who have devoted themselves to yoga.


To see the photos follow this ling:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/prison-yoga-robert-sturman_n_3896615.html

REALIGNMENT

Criminal offenders eyed as solution to closure of Caper Acres in Chico
Ashley Gebb, ChicoER News

CHICO -- City Councilman Randall Stone is working on a new idea to keep Caper Acres children's playground open full-time beyond November: using supervised criminal offenders for labor and maintenance.

Probation agents pushing for better pay

County, union in contract talks
Darlene Principe, Thousand Oaks Acorn


Despite having to work with more hardened and high-risk convicts than ever before, Ventura County’s 200 probation officers are receiving up to 21 percent less in total pay and benefits than their counterparts in comparable counties, according to the Ventura County Professional Peace Officers’ Association.


Voters Back Brown's Prison Plan, Lukewarm on Realignment

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to lease extra prison beds to avoid the early release of thousands of inmates has the support of a majority of Californians in the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll.
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio


At least 50 percent of Californians favor the governor’s prison plan.  And nearly 80 percent oppose early releases.  But there’s growing skepticism about Brown’s other signature public safety proposal – the shifting of low-level offenders from the state to counties, known as realignment.

CDCR RELATED


Californians back prison plan but are wary of overcrowding fixes
Jeremy White, The Sacramento Bee

Californians narrowly favor Gov. Jerry Brown's new prison plan but remain anxious about the consequences of prison reform, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds.

OPINION

Editorial: Accelerate moves to reduce prison crowding
The Sacramento Bee


Gov. Jerry Brown’s gambit to reduce prison overcrowding by relying solely on more prison capacity has failed. It is time for the governor to abandon his defiance strategy and negotiate a settlement that will end the legal cat-and-mouse over state corrections.
 

Editorial: Court gives hopeful sign on prison reform
The Reporter

It's still unclear whether California will have to spend millions of dollars to warehouse inmates or if it will be allowed to use the money to pay for mental health and substance abuse programs that could bring a more lasting reduction in the number of people sent to prison.

Editorial: County finds better approach to handling local prisoners
Sentinel Editorial Board, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Most Californians are worried that in the name of reducing overcrowding in prisons, dangerous criminals are going to be back on the streets.


But, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday, half the people in our state approve the recent compromise plan worked out by Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg asking a federal court to delay the deadline for further reducing overcrowding.