Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


State launches annual benefit for domestic-violence victims
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee

California state government and local businesses today started a month-long campaign to collect clothing for domestic-violence victims and their children.

This is the third year that the California Victim Compensation Program has sponsored the annual benefit during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Taft correctional facility to reopen

TAFT - Taft's Community Correctional Facility will reopen within the next two months. The city council approved a contract with L.A. County Tuesday to house its inmates. The agreement will bring back dozens of job and millions of dollars to the city of Taft. 

Taft's Correctional Facility has sat empty for two years, but now it's about to reopen.


AB 109 turns two: What’s next?

Christopher Nelson, California Forward Reporting

As we mark the two year anniversary of Assembly Bill 109's implementation, realignment is still not an issue that lends itself easily to sound bites. It’s complex, it’s a long slog without immediate results and the collaboration required to get it right is unprecedented.

What AB 109 offers counties is money to explore alternatives to locking criminals up, throwing away the key and expecting them to be different human beings a year (or many years) later.

Sheriff: Jails counting on rehab programs to change prisoners’ lives
Rebecca Unger, Hi-Desert Star

TWENTYNINE PALMS — An overcrowding crisis in county jails is forcing officials to focus on rehabilitation as a way to reduce the number of people behind bars.


*NOTE: The media are allowed to visit prisons on a regular basis to cover inmate programs, conditions, and special achievements. This was just the first time CDCR organized a mass media tour of Corcoran prison for the purpose of filming the Security Housing Unit, it was always available for tours had the media requested to visit.*

Action News is on the yard at Corcoran State Prison
Jessica Peres, ABC 30

CORCORAN STATE PRISON (KFSN) -- Action News takes you inside prison walls to see what life is like for inmates at Corcoran State Prison. 

For the first time since Corcoran State Prison opened, the media were allowed inside, beyond the barbed wire for a tour inside this institution. 

Life Inside Corcoran State Prison
Erik Rosales KMPH FOX 26

CORCORAN, Calif (KMPH) - Since Corcoran State Prison opened in February of 1988, the media has never been allowed inside its walls, until now.

It's a life few will ever experience, and even fewer want to inside Corcoran State Prison.

Officials open Security Housing Unit at Corcoran prison to reporters
Inmates in the Security Housing Unit are some of the most dangerous in the prison system. The unit has been the source of controversy in the debate on prison conditions.

Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times

CORCORAN, Calif. — The large metal cages are lined up in two rows under the blistering Central Valley sun just outside the prison walls. For maximum security inmates here, this is what counts as outdoor space.

Some inmates are placed in the cages with cellmates, but most are alone. One passes the time by pacing back and forth. Another does push-ups with the help of two prosthetic legs. Two men in adjacent cages discuss the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.


Bishops ask ‘How can we help?’ in pastoral mission to San Quentin
Christina M. Gray, Catholic San Francisco

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and eight other California bishops made a daylong visit to San Quentin State Prison Sept. 30 – a pastoral mission that included discussions with inmates and staff, a tour of death row and prayer inside the prison’s death chamber.

Walker man sentenced to state prison on molest charges
Sierra Wave Media

On 8/26/12  Joseph Timpone, age 76, of Walker California was arrested and charged by the Mono County District Attorney on two charges of PC 288(a) for molesting his biological granddaughter who is of kindergarten age, during January of 2004 to December of 2006.

Man sent to prison for diagnosis in molestation case
Andre Byik, Red Bluff Daily News

The sentencing of the 21-year-old Boy Scout leader who pleaded no contest in May to a felony charge of committing lewd acts upon a child in Tehama County was pushed back Tuesday, pending a diagnostic report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Dramatic videos open latest salvo in California prison battle
Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee

Claiming that California prisons use force against mentally ill prisoners too often and overzealously, attorneys for inmates opened their latest attack on the system Tuesday in federal court by playing two graphic videos of inmates in their cells being pepper-sprayed, then rushed by a team of guards who forcibly subdued them.

Videos of mentally ill Calif. inmates hit with pepper spray shown at start of federal trial

Laura Olson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Videos showing California prison guards blasting the cells of mentally ill inmates with pepper spray were shown publicly for the first time Tuesday as the latest legal battle over the state's treatment of prisoners got underway.