Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear California prison case
Lawrence Hurley, Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined for the second time to take up a long-running dispute about overcrowding in California prisons.
California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, had asked the court to overturn a lower court ruling that requires the state to reduce overcrowding to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The state says it might have to release up to 9,000 prisoners by the end of the year to be in compliance.

State Examines Whether SHUs Are Working
California’s prison system uses Security Housing Units as a way to isolate alleged gang members from the general inmate population. But gangs remain a problem in prisons and the outcry over the extended use of solitary confinement is growing.
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Steven Czifra spent four years locked up in a Security Housing Unit, or SHU. Isolated from other inmates, alone in his cell for 22 ½ hours a day, he said there wasn’t much too do.


Calipatria State Prison inmate assaults correctional officers

Chelcey Adami, Imperial Valley Press

CALIPATRIA — A Calipatria State Prison inmate assaulted two correctional officers Saturday, according to a prison official.

Around 9:45 a.m., a correctional officer approached inmate Anthony J. Martin to escort him to a program office to speak with a sergeant, said Lt. Everardo Silva, prison administrative assistant and public information officer.

San Quentin Inmates to Take Center Stage

Inmates will perform autobiographical theater pieces on the grounds of San Quentin State Prison on Friday.
Gideon Rubin, San Rafael Patch

The grounds of a Marin County prison make for an improbable venue to ponder the question of whether life imitates art, or vice versa.

San Quentin State Prison inmates later this week will give it a shot. They are scheduled to perform autobiographical theater pieces this Friday.

With parole pending, an inmate reflects on lessons learned
Sha Wallace Stepter, KALW   

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

Marcus Williams went to prison when he was just 17 years old. It was 1984, and “Miami Vice” and “The Cosby Show” were the hottest things on television. Run DMC, Houdini and Kurtis Blow were the kings of hip hop.

Two years after Oklahoma riot, inmates file suit against private prison company

Two years after a violent riot sent dozens of California inmates to hospitals all over western Oklahoma, a group of prisoners who lived through the melee are suing the private prison company that housed them.
Andrew Knittle, The Oaklahoman

Two years after a riot sent dozens of California inmates to hospitals all over western Oklahoma, a group of prisoners who lived through the melee is suing the private prison company that owns the sprawling facility.


Stanislaus looking to build $40M jail facility
Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County could seek $40 million to build another jail facility, this one geared for in-custody vocational and educational programs to help offenders become law-abiding citizens.

Smart Justice in San Mateo 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.

Crime rate has stabilized in Fontana, Police Chief Jones says
Alejandro Cano, Fontana Herald News

Concerned residents gathered last Tuesday at the Jessie Turner Center in Fontana to hear Police Chief Rod Jones talk about what the city is doing regarding public safety during the "Breakfast with the Chief" series.

Arrests are down as jail population increases
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - A new report on jail needs concludes the number of arrests in the county has declined over the past five years, yet the jail population has increased as felony inmates under AB109 stay longer behind bars.

Realignment deals with 40,000 convicted felons

Jason Campbell, The Manteca Bulletin

It sounded like a decent deal.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – which was housing 70 percent more inmates than its prisons were designed for – had to either find a way to supervise the release of 40,000 convicted felons or a panel of judges would open the gates.


Looking for work? The city of Shafter is hiring at the Community Correctional Facility

Community Correctional Facility hiring
Carlos Correa, 23 ABC

SHAFTER, Calif. - If you’re looking for work, you might be able to find it in Shafter.
The city’s Community Correctional Facility will soon reopen to help relieve overcrowding at other prisons across the state.

Misdemeanor Status For Small-Time Cocaine Possession Rejected
Dennis Romero, LA Weekly

California's prisons are so overcrowded that we're under a federal court order to cut 8,000 inmates by year's end. 

A California lawmaker, Sen. Mark Leno, came up with one idea to ensure that our lockups aren't clogged up with small-time offenders: Let local prosecutors decide if suspects caught with small amounts of hard drugs like cocaine or heroin should be charged with a misdemeanor instead of a mandatory felony.


ANOTHER VIEW: City Must Tackle Mental Health

Editorial: Alisa Aslanyan, Noemi Alsup, Jimmy Cabrera Jr., Melissa Chan, Jenny Moon and Scott Senger, The Gazettes

“The largest public mental health facility in America is not a hospital. It’s the Los Angeles County jail. On any given day it houses 3,000 mentally disturbed inmates” —Pete Early, Mental health expert and Author