Monday, October 14, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


'At-risk' youth attend summit at Woodland Community College to try to break cycle
Jim Smith, The Daily Democrat

The students came largely from inner cities. 

Many of the youths were African-American, but there were also a number of Latinos, Asians and whites. 

Contractors license board sting operations net dozens of arrests

Mark Glover, The Sacramento Bee

Seventy-five people may face criminal charges after being caught in six simultaneous statewide undercover sting operations conducted this week by the Contractors State License Board.

State Parole Boards Use Software to Decide Which Inmates to Release
Programs look at prisoners' biographies for patterns that predict future crime
Driven to cut costs, corrections systems are trying to make better decisions with more data and less gut intuition.

Joseph Walker, The Wall Street Journal

At the age of 13, Michael T. Murphy went into the woods near his home in rural New York with the 10-year-old boy who lived next door and stabbed him to death. Last year, having rejected Mr. Murphy’s application 11 times over his more than a quarter-century in prison, the New York State Board of Parole set him free.


Expansion of parolee program will help clean up highways and reduce recidivism, officials say
Alejandro Cano, Fontana Herald News

In an attempt to reduce recidivism rates in the Inland Empire, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) awarded $2.6 million to the San Bernardino Community College District’s Professional Development Center (SBCCDCEO) to coordinate workforce activities and to supervise the Caltrans Parolee Program (CPP).


Measure to distribute condoms in prisons gets Gov. Brown's veto
Melanie Mason, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO--Gov. Jerry Brown  on Saturday vetoed a bill a that would have expanded the availability of condoms in state prisons.

The measure, by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), would have required the state corrections department to develop a five-year plan to make condoms available in every California prison.

A Look Inside the Pelican Bay SHU
Imagine spending 22 hours a day locked in a small, concrete room. That’s daily life for about four-thousand California prisons inmates.
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

On a recent media tour, journalists got glimpse of that life on a visit to the Security Housing Units at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Nearly 1,200 men are housed in the complex of low, concrete buildings. To get to them you have to go pass through a series of heavy gates and doors.

Inside the "SHU": C.D.C.R. grants camera access into controversial housing unit
News Channel 3

The California Department of Corrections has allowed News Channel 3’s cameras inside the Security Housing Unit (S.H.U.) at Pelican Bay State Prison.

The decision was a result of this summer’s inmate hunger strike. C.D.C.R. tells News Channel 3 they’d like the public to see the housing conditions inmates were striking about.


Inmate death at Corcoran State Prison investigated as a homicide
Anne Stegan, 23 ABC

CORCORAN, Calif. - Investigators at California State Prison-Corcoran and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of a 48-year-old inmate as a homicide, officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Orange County woman sentenced to 4 years for embezzling $400,000 from police union
The Associated Press

FULLERTON, California — The former office manager for the Anaheim Police Association has been sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling $400,000 from the union.


New law creates minimum sentence for ankle bracelet violators
Kelly Goff, The Los Angeles Daily News

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday will put convicted sex offenders back in jail for a minimum of 180 days if they cut off court-ordered GPS ankle bracelets.

Smart Justice in San Joaquin County

In light of AB 109′s second birthday, CSAC is continuing with its series on how counties across California have implemented the hallmark legislation. Some have done so in entirely unique and innovative ways.

Board of Supes Consider Jail Expansion
Town Crier: Sherriff Brown applies for additional funding for North County Jail.
Mission & State

The big item on the agenda at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting was a presentation from Sheriff Bill Brown on his plan to apply for additional state funding for the North County Jail project. Brown will submit an application asking for almost $39 million more in state funds after receiving $80 million in state money last year for facilities at the Santa Maria site.


Murder victims' family members speak out against death penalty

In the coming days, Journey of Hope speakers will cross Indiana, making several stops in the Richmond area to talk about alternatives to the death penalty.

Many of the speakers, according to the organization’s website at, are family members of murder victims.


Viewpoints: If California wants fewer prisoners, we need more preschoolers.
Kevin McCarty, The Sacramento Bee

California recently authorized another $315 million in scarce state dollars to comply with court orders in an attempt to reduce our prison population. Incarcerating today’s dangerous criminals is critical to keeping our neighborhoods safer, but it carries great costs for taxpayers. Given these costs and limited resources, it seems more important than ever to seek smarter approaches to reduce the number of kids who end up in California’s prisons in the first place.