Thursday, October 24, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison Gardens Grow New Lives for Inmates
Bill Ritter, ABC News

From Enfield, Conn., to New York City and the San Francisco Bay, lush gardens filled with ripe fruits, vegetables and flowers are growing in unexpected places — prison yards.

Prisons use them to rehabilitate inmates and to teach them basic landscaping skills that they can use to get jobs. All of the prisoners involved in each garden’s program are eligible for release.

California prisons to change rules for using pepper spray against mentally ill inmates
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — California prison officials said Wednesday that they will change the rules for using pepper spray on mentally ill inmates, as a federal judge considers whether current practices violate inmates' civil rights.

California to limit pepper spray use on mentally ill inmates
California corrections department officials are working on new rules to curb the use of pepper spray after videotapes show its use on mentally ill prisoners.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Facing federal scrutiny of the way it uses force to subdue mentally ill prisoners, the California corrections department is working on new rules to curb some of those practices.

Inmate assault leaves officers wounded at Corcoran prison

Joe Johnson, The Hanford Sentinel

CORCORAN — A correctional officer is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed multiple times by an inmate at California State Prison Corcoran.

The officer, who was not named, suffered puncture wounds to his neck, head and shoulder. Three other correctional officers were also injured in the Tuesday attack.

Man who strangled neighbor in phone dispute gets 15 years to life in prison

Patrick S. Pemberton,  The San Luis Obispo Tribune

A San Luis Obispo man told a judge Wednesday that he strangled his neighbor last fall over fears about his own health.

During his sentencing hearing, Edmund Nungaray, 61, said he strangled Dierdre Crowley because she had his cell phone, which he called his “lifeline.”


AB 109 Turns Two, Makes Strides for CDCR
Correctional News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years ago, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 or the Public Safety Realignment Act, which required the realignment of several low-level prisoners in an effort to reduce the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 2013. As the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to undergo massive changes to its prison system, a new study shows that the CDCR has already made improvements.

Criminal Justice Experts Take On California Prison Realignment

Max Pringle, Capital Public Radio

California's "realignment" program to ease state prison overcrowding by transferring some inmates to local jails is drawing criticism and suggestions for improvement from people on all sides.

Officials: State not providing local jurisdictions with enough money for realignment
Brad Branan, The Sacramento Bee

California is not providing counties enough funding to incarcerate and rehabilitate offenders it has sent to local jails and probation offices in the last two years, criminal justice advocates and officials said Wednesday.


Early-release 'three-strikers' see tough transition back into society

Tracey Kaplan, Malaika Fraley and Matt O'Brien, San Jose Mercury News

After being locked behind bars for nearly 19 years of what he thought would be the rest of his life, Stephen Williams suddenly was set free this past winter, dressed in flimsy coveralls over boxer shorts and a white T-shirt. In those first moments on the outside, his abject discomfort and appearance were so startling, strangers took pictures of him. 

City to contact state while waiting for L.A. County
More layoffs may be coming if CCF remains empty
Doug Keeler, Taft Midway Driller

As fears grow that Los Angeles County may for the second time in a year back out of a deal to use the Taft Correctional facility, Taft is going to look at a back-up plan.

The city is going back to talk to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to house state inmates.

SAN BERNARDINO: Probation officer arrested in Juvenile Hall sex case
Richard Brooks, The Press Enterprise

A 30-year-old female correctional officer was arrested when she arrived for work at San Bernardino Juvenile Hall on suspicion of having sex with a male inmate of the facility, police say.


Restoring arts for inmates a solution to California’s overcrowded prisons: Guest commentary
Tim Robbins and Ted Lieu, Los Angeles Daily News

Can theater help solve California’s prison overcrowding crisis? The answer is yes. 

One reason for the crowding crisis is California’s highest-in-the-nation 63.7 percent recidivism rate. That means for every 1,000 inmates who leave prison, 637 commit new crimes and land back in prison. 

There is a better way — and it saves taxpayer dollars. 

California Prisons Are Next For A U.N. Desperately Searching For A Purpose
David Davenport, Forbes

As if we didn’t have enough layers of government investigation in the U.S., a United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture says he wants to have a look at California’s prisons to determine whether their practice of solitary confinement violates standards of international law.  Juan Mendez, in his day job a professor of law at American University, says overcrowding and solitary confinement in U.S. prisons today may constitute cruel and unusual punishment or even torture under international legal standards.