Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

College students getting medical training at Donovan state prison
Mission Times Courier

Three times a week, for eight hours a day, San Diego Mesa College student Misty Herrera works with patients providing blood-pressure checks, vaccinations and electrocardiograms at a local clinic as she puts in the hours needed before she can become a registered medical assistant.

But unlike thousands of other future medical assistants, Herrera is getting her training on prisoners at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa through a groundbreaking partnership between the prison and the college.

CALIFORNIA INMATES


California prisons find 1 in 4 inmates used drugs
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.
 

Under the recommendation, a first positive test for drug use would cost inmates 90 days' pay from work assignments, and repeat offenses could mean up to a year of lost wages.

OPINION

Death sentences need deadlines
The Californian
Few topics divide California as consistently or as evenly as the death penalty. The last time voters had their say on it, they opted by a vote of just over 51-49 percent to keep it around.


CORRECTIONS RELATED

Some California state employees now eligible to cash out leave
Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

Tens of thousands of state workers stand to get extra money in the next couple months by cashing out some of their unused leave time – assuming the state can find money to cover it.

Under the terms of contracts bargained last year, about 30,000 unionized civil engineers, investigators and heavy mechanical equipment operators could qualify to convert up to 20 hours of leave time into dollars. Last week the state made the same offer to about 32,000 managers and supervisors across state government.