Friday, March 14, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


“The following article includes confidential medical information about a deceased inmate, and so violates HIPAA. The information was given to the reporter by a parolee without CDCR’s permission or knowledge.”
As they lay dying: Prison inmates find redemption through a hospice program
Kyle Mccarty, New Times

Roger Brown vividly remembers the first man he helped through death. Brown held vigil over Vernon Burnett, a 42-year-old California Men’s Colony inmate whom doctors had determined would soon succumb to his pancreatic and liver cancer. Burnett’s passing wasn’t an easy one.
“He was puking his guts out; it was the smell that was almost overwhelming,” Brown remembers. “He had been through so much radiation that his skin had turned green.”

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Can a New Twist on a Native American Tradition Help Solve America's Prison Crisis?
At one notoriously violent institution, a bold experiment delivers surprising results.
Kenneth Miller, TakePart

Salinas Valley State Prison covers 300 acres of former farmland just outside the Central California town of Soledad. Vineyards and lettuce fields surround the institution, but the only scraps of green within its walls are scattered weeds. SVSP is a Level IV facility, meaning that it’s designed to house the most dangerous inmates.

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S.J. won't get $33M to build jail
One technical detail means funds head instead to Stanislaus County
Zachary K. Johnson, The Stockton Record

SACRAMENTO - San Joaquin County lost out on $33 million in funding to build a new jail after a state corrections panel Thursday upheld an appeal from neighboring Stanislaus County in a competition among counties for a piece of $500 million.

State board awards $40 million to Stanislaus County for jail facility designed for rehabilitation
Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee
MODESTO — A state board upheld an appeals panel decision Thursday giving $40 million to Stanislaus County to build a 288-bed jail facility designed to provide rehabilitation programs for inmates.


G.O.P. Moving to Ease Its Stance on Sentencing
Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Not that long ago, criminal justice reform in a conservative place like Texas meant executing prisoners with lethal injection instead of the electric chair.
Now, leading Republicans are saying that mandatory minimum sentences in the federal system have failed — too costly, overly punitive and ineffective. So they are embracing a range of ideas from Republican-controlled states that have reduced prison populations and brought down the cost of incarceration.