Friday, March 7, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Prisoners lose in damage claim over lack of health care
Bob Egelko, SF Gate

Prisoners can't sue for damages when they are denied health care because the state has failed to provide enough funding for medical staff or supplies, a divided federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary
National Public Radio

Last summer, four alleged leaders of rival prison gangs worked together to coordinate a hunger strike at California's Pelican Bay State Prison. They were protesting long-term, indefinite incarceration in solitary confinement.

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http://www.npr.org/2014/03/06/286794055/how-four-inmates-launched-a-statewide-hunger-strike-from-solitary
 

REALIGNMENT

Public safety realignment shows early promise
Plan has positive elements, UCSB report finds
Erin Lennon, Santa Ynez Valley News
 

A report recently presented by the Santa Barbara County Probation Department cautiously identifies positive trends in the county’s efforts under the state Public Safety Realignment Act, but there isn’t enough data to draw conclusions.

Solano County deputies hard at work
Catherine Mijs, The Reporter News

As the state continues to adjust to changes brought about by prison realignment following the implementation of AB 109, the Solano County Sheriff's Enforcement Team has taken a stand showing lawbreakers that crime will not be tolerated.

CORRECTIONS RELATED


Editorial: Ruling rights a wrong that tipped scales of justice too far
The Editorial Board, The Sacramento Bee

Twenty-six years ago, on a statewide ballot overloaded with 29 propositions and a presidential race, California voters approved a measure – Proposition 89 – allowing the governor to reverse decisions of the state parole board.

Treating mental health issues can help justice system

Kellen Russoniello, UT-San Diego

After 30 years of locking up our mentally ill and addicted individuals, Californians agree that people with mental illness and substance use disorders should be offered treatment instead of imprisonment. Study after study has shown that investing in treatment saves money and reduces recidivism. Yet California’s jails and prisons continue to serve as the primary solution for these public health problems.