Friday, September 6, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison hunger strike ends after hearings promised
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California inmates on Thursday ended a 60-day hunger strike after lawmakers said they would review solitary confinement policies that kept dozens of gang leaders and members locked up for more than a decade in tiny, individual cells with little chance of returning to the general population.

California inmates end hunger strike -corrections officials
Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

LOS ANGELES, Sept 5 (Reuters) - All California inmates taking part in a hunger strike have begun taking food again, ending a mass protest of the state's policy of keeping some prisoners in near-isolation for years, corrections officials said on Thursday.

California prison inmates end hunger strike
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Inmate leaders announced an end Thursday to a two-month hunger strike protesting California's use of isolation cells for thousands of prisoners and said they had achieved some results, including an agreement by state legislators to hold hearings on prison conditions.

Hunger strikers end California prison protest
Jeremy White, Sacramento Bee

Nearly two months after they began rejecting food to protest California's use of solitary confinement, inmates have ended their hunger strike.

As of Wednesday, 100 inmates were still refusing to eat, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Dana Simas. But that changed when the evening meal arrived.


Rim Fire cause is determined, with 237,341 acres burned

Gar Swaffar, Gold Country Top News Examiner

The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations has determined what caused the blaze that has so far burned 237, 341 acres in California.

U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations investigators released the results of their investigations to date, August 5, 2013. The cause of the fire was released at the InciWeb website, and notes that an illegal fire from a hunter was to blame, The Forest Service reports there were no indications of an illegal marijuana grow site near the origin of the fire.

Drivon inducts three of its grads
Jeannie Rodriguez-Moore, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - Three respected law professionals will be inducted into the Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

They are: San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Richard Guiliani, local attorney David Wellenbrock and Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Susan D. Siefkin.


Freeing California’s inmates is criminal
Debra J. Saunders, Long Beach Press Telegram

Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California’s prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals.

Comment: Ex-cons face unwarranted barriers to jobs
Wendi C. Thomas, Scripps-Howard News Service

For getting caught with two ounces of weed, Arlen Berry was convicted of possession with intent to distribute. He spent 17 months as a prisoner in Shelby County, Tenn. 

After he was released, he spent eight months trying to find a job. The high school graduate ticked off on his fingers all the places that told him no: Walmart. Walgreens. Dixie Queen. Taco Bell. Little Caesar's. IHOP. Gas stations. McDonald's.