Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Checks on 1,267 Sex-Offenders During Operation Boo
Sweep results in 90 arrests statewide; weapons, drugs and child porn confiscated
Luis Patino, Public Information Officer II


November 4, 2013 - SACRAMENTO – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole agents arrested 90 of the 1,267 sex-offender parolees who were contacted during compliance checks or searches as part of the 20th annual Operation Boo Child Safety Project on Halloween night 2013.  Most of the arrests were for violations of special conditions of parole; however some offenses were more serious, prompting new charges to be filed against six of the sex-offender parolees.  Six other parolees were found to be out of compliance with their requirements to register as sex offenders.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS


California's Corrections Secretary Faces Steep Challenges
Scott Detrow, KQED

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard has the toughest job in California politics.


From a widespread hunger strike to a never-ending battle with federal judges over control of health care in California’s prisons, Beard has faced crisis after crisis since he joined the Brown Administration late last year.

REALIGNMENT

Inmates trained in fire suppression

Relocating prisoners to fire camps helps free up beds in overcrowded jails

Jim Holt, Santa Clarita Valley Signal


As part of the ongoing effort to reduce jail overcrowding, more than 500 Los Angeles County inmates now in custody are slated to be transferred to county “fire suppression” camps beginning Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.


FAQ: Looking at the effects of California's prison realignment program
Rina Palta, KPCC


About two years ago, Californians were introduced to a new term: realignment. It is the policy that shifted responsibility for thousands of criminals from the state’s prisons to the local level. KPCC’s Rina Palta has been covering realignment for years and created this handy FAQ.


Man steals police car, again

Highland Community News

On Oct. 21 at approximately 8:20 a.m., a man was observed walking to a parked unmarked San Bernardino Police vehicle that was parked in the Court Street parking lot of City Hall. The man was seen entering the vehicle and driving west from the Court Street location.

CDCR RELATED


Planting Justice helps communities build edible gardens
Lou Fancher Oakland Tribune 


OAKLAND -- Planting Justice is an Oakland-based grass-roots organization working to solve the urban hunger crisis and finding answers by digging deep.


If its evolution is a metaphorically packed story, it's also the tale of a muscular, powerfully effective punch to the belly of a systemic problem affecting low-income, underserved communities across the nation.

OPINION

Prison videos spark talk of right, wrong
California guards shown dousing mentally ill inmates with pepper spray
Steven Greenhut, U-T San Diego


SACRAMENTO — In an article about the concept of “administrative evil,” University of San Diego associate dean George Reed describes a bus driver who diligently picks up passengers and delivers them to their destination each day. He is punctual and hard-working, yet we learn that the driver is taking political prisoners to their execution.