Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Capitol Alert: AM Alert: California lawmakers look at solitary confinement
Jeremy B. White, The Sacramento Bee

California inmates locked in solitary confinement have resumed eating, but they're still hungry to have their grievances addressed.

Today, lawmakers will take a look at the state's correctional policies governing the use of the Security Housing Unit, or SHU, tiny cells whose prevalence recently prompted the third massive prison hunger strike in the last two years. 


Hard time or inhumane punishment? Inside the Corcoran prison SHU – Security Housing Units

Rina Palta, KPCC

Charles Thomas Jr. hasn’t been in a space much larger than a prison cell in a long time. At least not without chains on and a correctional officer at his side. Asked the last time he ran – or moved at a brisk pace – Thomas says, "Probably '96."
 

CALIFORNIA INMATES

LA man sentenced to 8-year prison term in explosives case
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A 29-year-old man has been sentenced in Los Angeles to eight years in prison after pleading no contest to having an explosive device and additional bomb-making materials.

Stockton teen takes plea, faces up to 20 years in prison for 14-year-old's beating death
The Associated Press

STOCKTON, California — A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

LA church usher gets 30-year sentence for child sex abuse
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — An usher from a Los Angeles Jehovah's Witness congregation has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing three boys he met there.

REALIGNMENT

Smart Justice in Glenn County
PublicCEO.com

In 2011, the California Legislature passed AB 109 — a plan to comply with federal court orders to reduce the prison population by about 35,000 inmates. Under this plan, California’s 58 counties began incarcerating, supervising and rehabilitating non-serious, non-violent, and non-sexual criminal offenders. The plan is now two years old.

County Seeks $80 Million for Irvine Jail Expansion
Nick Gerda, Voice of OC

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to seek $80 million in state funding to expand the James L. Musick jail between Irvine and Lake Forest, as city officials gear up for a lawsuit over the issue.

The request for grant money to fund 384 new “rehabilitation beds” comes as the state, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, shifts more and more responsibility for new inmates onto counties.


Yolo County will try again for state funds to upgrade jail

Don Frances, The Daily Democrat

Yolo County will take another crack at upgrading its jail after the Board of Supervisors supported applying for $40 million in state funds during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Those funds -- part of $500 million made available for local jails by Senate Bill 1022 -- would go towards new beds for inmate health care, improvements to the jail's kitchen and other upgrades, said Deputy County Administrator Mindi Nunes during a presentation to the board.


San Bernardino County sheriff gets approval to seek grant for jail upgrades
Joe Nelson, The San Bernardino Sun

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave the Sheriff’s Department the green light to apply for an $80 million grant from the state to construct new housing units at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.


The Sheriff’s Department plans to demolish two housing units at the 53-year-old jail and replace them with three new housing units comprising 512 beds and a visitors’ center. They will accommodate an intensive 18-month education/counseling program to help prepare inmates for life on the outside once they are released from custody.

Butte supervisors approve bid for $40 million grant for new jail

ChicoER News

OROVILLE -- Butte County will seek a $40 million state grant for construction of a new jail as a result of action by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. 


The Sheriff's Office requested approval to submit the application to cope with the impacts of prison realignment. 


Supervisors OK Honor Farm plan, with reservations
Zachary K. Johnson, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday signed off on a plan to go to the state for $40 million to build a jail that would replace the aging, low-security corner of the county jail system called the Honor Farm.


Monterey County Jail gets $44 million more for expansion
Total hits $80M after Brown's signature
Julia Reynolds, The Monterey County Herald

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on legislation that will award Monterey County an additional $44 million for jail expansion, allowing the Sheriff's Office to move forward with plans to house hundreds more inmates.

CDCR RELATED


Lathrop deputy credited for saving bleeding man
Jason Campbell, The Manteca Bulletin

LATHROP – The scene just didn’t look right to Lathrop Police Services’ deputy Jeff Watson.

Parked on the side of I-5 was a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation transport van with both of the correctional officers standing outside of the vehicles with panicked looks on their faces.         

Driver accused of killing Oswego woman has been charged with driving intoxicated three prior times
Jeff Stein, Syracuse Post Standard

Arizona law enforcement officers are investigating whether the wrong-way driver who struck and killed an Oswego woman Sunday was intoxicated at the time.
If he was, it wouldn't be the first time Benjamin Kuzelka, 27, drove under the influence.

Hollywood stabbing: Transient ordered to stand trial
Robert Holguin, ABC 7

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A 26-year-old transient has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of a young woman on Hollywood Boulevard. 


Dustin Kinnear, who earlier pleaded not guilty to murder, entered a Los Angeles County courtroom on Tuesday flanked by the two men accused of helping him conceal the crime.
 

Christine Calderon, 23, was stabbed to death on June 18 near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

DEATH PENALTY

Too many innocent people are languishing on Death Row
Bharat Malkani, The Conversation

On November 21, 1974, two bombs exploded in crowded pubs in central Birmingham, killing 21 people and sending the city and the country into shock. The bombings were attributed to the Provisional IRA, and a year later six Irish men were sentenced to terms of life imprisonment for their roles in planting and detonating the devices.

OPINION


Editorial: A promising start on rehabilitating offenders
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

It has taken too long, and it’s a relatively small step. Still, a promising rehabilitation program should point the way forward for Sacramento County.

California is in the third year of public safety realignment – the sweeping plan to take nonviolent, low-level offenders out of state prisons and have them serve their time in local communities. So far, too little focus and funding have gone to another goal of realignment – to find better ways to help inmates return to society and keep them from committing more crimes.