Thursday, March 6, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

ASH WEDNESDAY: Bishop celebrates Mass at prison
David Olson, The Press-Enterprise

As Bishop Gerald Barnes celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass in front of more than 50 murderers, rapists, thieves and others confined to the California Institution for Men in Chino, some of the inmates choked up.


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Prison Officials Hope to Resume Admissions at Stockton Health Care Facility

Julie Small, State Of Health

California prison officials are hoping to resume transfers of sick inmates to a new, state-of-the-art medical facility in Stockton later this month. While not licensed as a hospital, the prison medical facility provides high-level, round-the-clock care to inmates with the most complex medical conditions.
 

California’s prison system weighs changes to solitary confinement
Larry Mantle, Southern California Public Radio
 

At any given time, roughly 12,000 inmates in California prisons spend their time in isolated units with little opportunity for human contact. Inmates assigned to Security Housing Units - or SHUs - have been deemed  too violent to be placed in general population and can spend up to 23 hours a day in isolation.
 

“Note: The text above was published on a webpage to promote a live discussion on a Los Angeles radio station. The archive audio of the discussion can be found by clicking on the link.”  http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2014/03/05/36329/california-s-prison-system-weighs-changes-to-solit/

REALIGNMENT

Spitzer: Reassess OC Prisoner Programs to Reduce Jail Population
Nick Gerda, Voice of OC

As local jails absorb a wave of new inmates, a top county official is calling for a re-examination of efforts to lower the county’s jail population.“I really think that we should take a comprehensive look at all of these programs,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said at Tuesday’s meeting of county supervisors.
 

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Purse snatcher attacks police

Gar Swaffar, Gold Country Top News Examiner

A parolee was arrested on March 4, 2014 for attempting to steal a purse from a woman while at St Patricks Catholic Church in Sonora. Sonora Police were called to the scene, at which point the purse snatcher suspect, Jeremy King, decided it would be a great time to engage a police officer in a boxing match, and took a boxing stance against the Sonora PD officer.


CORRECTIONS RELATED

Unfair Punishment Part One: Victim Discrimination
A state program that's supposed to help crime victims denies people who have had run-ins with the law or are afraid of being victimized again.
Sam Levin, East Bay Express

The front door was wide open when police arrived at the home of Samantha Rogers at 3:21 a.m. on February 23, 2010. Inside the Stockton apartment, Rogers was alone, sitting on the kitchen table, wiping her face with a towel. The television was overturned and there was blood smeared across the living room carpet and walls.

“To read this story in its entirety, click on this link:

 http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/unfair-punishment-part-one-victim-discrimination/Content?oid=3854521&showFullText=true. Note: The article includes some obscene language.”