Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


30-to-life and pitching a startup
The Last Mile, a tech incubator at San Quentin State Prison, allows a select group of inmates to form startup ideas and pitch them to venture capitalists.
Laurie Segall, CNN

San Quentin demo day

Launched in 2011, The Last Mile is a six-month technology course taught at San Quentin State Prison.

“Note: “See a photo gallery, video and descriptions of the inmates’ startup ideas at.”


Prison a Learning Lab for Students
Medical assistant trainees get experience at Donovan state prison
Karen Kucher, UT San Diego

OTAY MESA — The patient check-in was about what you’d expect to see at any doctor’s office.

Christina Escobedo, a medical assistant trainee, took the patient’s temperature and blood pressure, weighed him and inquired whether he had any allergies — noting it all on a chart.

The GEO Group Signs Contract for the Reactivation of Company-Owned 260-Bed McFarland, California Facility
Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla., Apr 01, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The GEO Group GEO -0.03% (“GEO”) announced today the signing of a contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the “Department”) for the reactivation of the company-owned, 260-bed McFarland Female Community Reentry Facility (the “Facility”) located in McFarland, California.


Parole office’s closure causing hardship
Monica Vaughan, Appeal Democrat

For some ex-prison inmates, such as self-described drug addict Brandon A. Clayton, not having a local parole office presents difficulties.


Our View: Realignment forces creativity from county jail
Imperial Valley Press

Diverting populations from the state prison system was forced on California a number of years ago, but it has not been an easy or perfect transition in making that happen.


Realign. Redevelop.
Counties director Matt Cate thinks California is righting its course
Rich Ehisen, Comstock’s Magazine

No one can accuse Matt Cate of avoiding the hard jobs. During his four years at the helm of California’s state prisons, he guided the system through some of its toughest times, including historic budget cuts and the implementation of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial 2011 realignment plan, which shifted tens of thousands of offenders to local jails and parole supervision.

AB 109 puts more pressure on probation departments
Inland News Today

SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - The San Bernardino County Probation Department has hired 107 new probation officers since passage of AB 109, the prison realignment law that resulted in the early release of state inmates.

County presentations set on 'realignment'
The Daily Democrat

In an effort to engage the public in the AB 109 Realignment planning process, four presentations have been scheduled throughout Yolo County.

The presentations were organized at the discretion of the Public Safety Board Ad Hoc Subcommittee. An overview of the planning process will be done by the Board of Supervisors followed by Chief Probation Officer Brent Cardall who will discuss changes to the criminal justice system.


Innovative program reaches out to incarcerated teenage fathers
Shirley Jahad, Southern California Public Radio

As advocacy groups look for ways to help troubled young families, most of the effort is usually focused on mentoring teenage mothers.  A small but growing program is taking a different approach, by reaching out to incarcerated young fathers to help them learn basic parenting skills. 

“Note: The text above was published on a webpage to promote an interview on a Southern California Public Radio station. The archive audio of the discussion can be found by clicking on the link.”