Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

“Yesterday’s CDCR Star inadvertently included a story (“Corrections officer, K9 killed in rollover accident”) that was a year old. We regret the error and apologize for any distress that it may have caused.”
CALIFORNIA INMATES

Golden opportunity: Program provides purpose to inmates at prison medical facility

Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - Jay White had an infectious smile on his face. You might say he was feeling golden. The color of his smock designated him a caretaker of the sick, a job he says gives him purpose and brightens his days behind institution walls.

Woman freed after serving 32 years in 1981 killing

Corina Knoll and Francine Orr, The Los Angeles Times
 

Mary Virginia Jones, 74, who was serving life without parole for her role in a 1981 murder, was freed from prison late Monday. Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. to big hugs from family and friends, who shared tears and laughter.

CDCR NEWS

Centinela crab feed thanks employees
Chelcey Adami, Imperial Valley Press

Hundreds of Centinela State Prison employees enjoyed a night of food, fun and dancing at the National Guard Armory in El Centro on Saturday during the prison’s annual employee appreciation crab feed. The annual event is hosted by the Centinela Employees Activities Committee and includes the prison administration serving the prison employees throughout the night.

Officer arrested for bribery
Fox 35 News

(Entravision) Salinas, CA.  3/21/14 Dean D. Flippo, Monterey County District Attorney announced today that defendant, Cruz Aguirre, age 28, was convicted of bribery and sentenced to prison for three years by Judge Mark Hood.


CORRECTIONS RELATED

California doctors speed up Valley fever diagnosis

Scott Smith, Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- California doctors have found a way to diagnose the fungal disease Valley fever through DNA testing, allowing treatment of patients to begin almost immediately, officials said Monday.
 

Should Prisoners Get Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs?
Michael Ollove, Stateline

If used widely, a new generation of antiviral drugs has the potential to wipe out the deadly hepatitis C virus in the United States. But the high price of the drugs might prevent their use in prisons, which house as many as one-third of those who are infected.

OPINION

 

Time to change California drug laws
Richard Branson, SF Gate

"The global war on drugs has failed." That's the first sentence of the executive summary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a commission on which I serve. The commission was established to bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs. I am here in San Francisco this week to talk about just that.