Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


San Quentin Inmates Share Life Lessons From Prison
Christina Sterbenz, Business Insider

A recent Quora post asked the question: What is the most important life lesson you've learned up to this point?

Inmates at California's San Quentin State Prison — who certainly have a lot of time to think about life — responded to the question through volunteers with a program called The Last Mile.

Released From Prison, and Starting a Company
Donna Fenn, The New York Times

Like most entrepreneurs, Frederick Hutson cannot resist trying to solve a thorny problem. His company, Pigeonly, based in Las Vegas, taps an underserved and “captive” market by offering prison inmates an easy and efficient way to receive photos from loved ones and to make phone calls to them inexpensively. “Isolation is the worst thing for an inmate,” Mr. Hutson said. “It makes it hard for him to rebuild his life when he gets out.” 

Three Strikes, He’s Out
Santa Cruz County’s only Proposition 36-eligible inmate is released
Jessica M. Pasko, Good Times

When Kevin O’Connell was sentenced to life in prison back in 1995, he had been convicted of possession of a stolen necklace. His previous felony convictions had occurred more than 15 years prior.

Sacramento man who killed mother ordered released from mental hospital
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento judge ruled Tuesday that a man who stabbed and beat his mother to death – but was found not guilty by reason of insanity – is no longer dangerous and ordered his release from a state mental hospital.

Ronald Benjamin Toppila, 73, will now be transferred from Napa State Hospital to a locked facility in Manteca before his likely move sometime next year to an unsecured group home in Sacramento.


Parolee suspected of stabbing girlfriend killed by Fairfield police

The Associated Press

FAIRFIELD, California — Authorities say a parolee suspected of stabbing his girlfriend more than 30 times has been shot and killed by police on a highway in Fairfield after he lunged at officers with a knife.


'Operation Boo' sex offender sweep on Halloween yields 10 arrests

Joseph Serna, The Los Angeles Times

Ten sex offenders were arrested for allegedly violating their parole on Halloween, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.


Tehama Sheriff presented with award for AB 109 auto shop
The Record Searchlight

A statewide association presented Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt with an award for his agency's autobody shop, which uses inmate labor.

East Sand Slough work starts today

Andre Byik, The Red Bluff Daily News

The Tehama County Resource Conservation District and Tehama County Probation will begin slough improvement efforts in earnest today, said Brin Greer, who is with the conservation district.

Police: Two of Shasta's Most Wanted arrested

The Record Searchlight

Redding Police say officers have arrested two people recently featured as Shasta's Most Wanted, a public awareness program targeting individuals who allegedly skipped court dates.

Officers say Danielle Christy Davis, 32, and Richard William Johnson, 26, both of Redding, were captured today.


3 officers injured in southeast Fresno shooting, suspect dead
Marc Benjamin and Carmen George,  The Fresno Bee 

(Note: The CDCR officer who was injured works for the Office of Correctional Safety, not Parole)

Three law-enforcement officers were shot and injured Tuesday by a man who emerged from a pile of clothing in the garage of a southeast Fresno apartment and opened fire.

The officers -- a parole agent, a U.S. marshal and a Fresno County sheriff's detective -- were taken to Community Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

‘It’s Chaos When They Return Home’ -- Children and Parents Speak About Reentry

Anna Challet, Video by Jean Melesaine, News America Media

Both of Mailee Wang’s parents were incarcerated for part of her youth, her father for two years and her mother for much of her life. Now 30, she recalls what it was like, particularly after her mother was released.

“Having a prison mentality is real … It doesn’t shut off and that’s what I lived though with my mom,” says Wang. “The trauma that [the incarcerated] experience, it’s chaos when they return home.”

Even with changes, U.S. prisons might stay overcrowded: report
David Ingram, Reuters

(Reuters) - Overcrowding in U.S. federal prisons is so severe that the problem could go on for years even if Congress takes steps to reduce the number of people behind bars, according to a report released on Tuesday.

But the report from the nonprofit Urban Institute said lawmakers have many options available to start making dents in a prison population that by one ranking is the largest in the world.

Holder Looks for Answers on Overcrowded Prisons
Kathy Matheson and Pete Yost, Associated Press

The nation's top law enforcement officer got a glimpse of the challenges facing ex-offenders attempting to rebuild their lives on Tuesday as he attended an unusual court session and then met with several of them afterward.

Attorney General Eric Holder watched as more than a dozen men on supervised release updated a federal judge on their jobs and personal situations, discussing problems from needing more hours at work to the cost of cataract surgery for the family dog.

Jews in Prison Stick With Faith To Cope With Flood of Anti-Semitism
Kosher Food a Luxury for Minority of 1% — Threats Are Many
Doni Bloomfield, The Jewish Daily Forward

Joseph was lying on his bunk, looking at the Hebrew blessings he’d hung on the wall to celebrate his first Hanukah in prison when his new, neo-Nazi cellmate was brought in.
The man sported a large swastika tattoo on one arm, with Adolf Hitler’s face drawn in the center. “Skinhead” was tattooed across his chest in five-inch letters.


EDITORIAL: Fix obvious flaws in prison realignment

The Press Enterprise

California’s ambitious restructuring of the criminal justice system should not merely push state prison ills onto county government. The Legislature needs to make adjustments to the realignment program, including changes to jail sentences and parole violations, to ease the burdens on overstressed counties.