Thursday, October 17, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


State leases private jail in California City to ease overcrowding
Carol Ferguson, Bakersfield Now

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - More than 2,000 state inmates will head to a privately operated prison in California City under a lease agreement signed Tuesday.

Corrections Corporation of America will provide a big part of the space needed by the state to meet federal orders to reduce prison overcrowding.

Inspector general says quality of internal investigations slipping in California prison system
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — A state report found that California prison employees are not being as thoroughly investigated over allegations of wrongdoing since a federal judge stopped supervising prison discipline in 2011.


Appeals court overturns limits on identifying guards, inmates in prison pepper spray videos
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — A federal appeals court says the names of prison guards and inmates seen on videos played in federal court should be made public.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton of Sacramento had sought to keep the names secret as part of a legal dispute over the use of pepper spray against mentally ill California prison inmates.

Prisoners' lawyers challenge care for California's condemned
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Testimony continued Wednesday in a federal court case on California’s treatment of mentally ill prisoners.

Dr. Pablo Stewart, a psychiatrist, testified about the care that California’s condemned prisoners receive, telling of a psychotic inmate who tried to kill himself three times — even punching pens through his eyes.

Last man accused in robbery-gone wrong found guilty of murder
Christopher Patterson was found guilty of murder
Anne Stegen, 23 ABC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Three men accused of murder have each been found guilty after a robbery-gone-wrong in a Foods Co parking lot.

Christopher Patterson, Maxamillian McDonald and Lawrence Slaughter were each found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree robbery and participating in a street gang.

Orange County mother convicted of sexually assaulting teens who visited her home
The Associated Press

FULLERTON, California — A 43-year-old Orange County mother has been convicted of sexually assaulting two teenagers who visited her home to spend time with her children.


Traffic stop leads to methamphetamine seizure and arrests
Lake County News

NORTH COAST, Calif. – A Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy arrested a Clearlake couple last weekend on drug-related charges.

Jeremy White and Angela White, both age 32, were arrested following a traffic stop shortly before midnight last Saturday, Oct. 12, according to a report from Sgt. Dave Pedersen of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.


Yolo and Sacramento counties seek jail funds
Brad Brannan, The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento and Yolo counties are vying for a piece of $500 million in state jail construction funds with proposals that dramatically differ from past plans by emphasizing medical treatment and rehabilitation instead of adding cells.


CDCR’s BIS project wins national recognition
Amy Steward,

The Business Information Systems (BIS) project launched by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) received national recognition this week at the  National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ annual conference in Philadelphia.

Prison officials: Inmate sends 2 correction officers to hospital
Record Searchlight

SUSANVILLE - Two corrections officers went to the hospital after a fight with an inmate at High Desert State Prison this week, prison officials said today.

Bernard L. Wildee, 39, attacked the officers during a contraband search, said officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Man Who Returned: Trying to Build a Life After 20 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment
James Robinson, SF Weekly News

Maurice Caldwell looked out the door of the San Francisco County Jail toward Bryant Street, to a city he hadn't walked as a free man for 20 years, six months and eight days. He wanted to run.


Editorial: We need more options for young offenders
The Washington Post

What do you do with children suspected or convicted of committing very adult crimes? The answer isn’t easy, particularly when violence is involved. One thing that’s clear, though: Standing policy should not be to warehouse youth in adult jails and prisons, unless there are no other reasonable options. Encouragingly, a new report from the Campaign for Youth Justice finds that, over the past eight years, nearly half the states have changed various laws to discourage shunting minors through the adult criminal justice system when it isn’t necessary. 

Editorial: Gov. Brown must get real on prison crowding
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

California has come to the end of the line in attempts to delay the inevitable with the state’s overcrowded prisons. The U.S. Supreme Court this week rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison appeal, the second rejection in three months. 

That should focus everybody’s minds on the task at hand – getting the state’s prison population from 120,000 inmates to 112,000, and sustaining those levels over time.