Friday, May 2, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR, California Arts Council partner to bring rehabilitative arts programs to state prisons
Artists invited to help inmates develop skills

SACRAMENTO –The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Arts Council are seeking artists to work for a rehabilitative arts program opening at prisons statewide.

The Arts in Corrections programs will offer an array of performing, literary and visual arts disciplines, such as theater, music, creative writing, poetry, painting, drawing and sculpture.

Viewpoints: Locking up nonviolent drug offenders for long terms doesn’t make us safer
Thomas G. Hoffman, The Sacramento Bee

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that thousands of federal prisoners serving long sentences for drug offenses can apply for presidential clemency – the latest step by the Obama administration to ease the impact of what it sees as outdated laws that locked up too many people for too long for nonviolent offenses.

Sureno gang members arrested in Fresno
Jim Guy, The Fresno Bee

An operation in Fresno spearheaded by Homeland Security agents took 23 people linked to the Surenos gang into custody during a month-long sweep, the federal agency reported Thursday.


Federal ruling: Texas prisons violating rights of Muslims
Dane Schiller, Houston Chronicle

The Texas prison system is violating the rights of Muslim inmates with rules that make it all but impossible for them to freely practice their religion, a federal judge has ruled.

In the ruling made public Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, said there are not enough Muslims in Texas, especially in rural areas, to meet the prison system's criteria for Muslim inmates to hold services and conduct related activities.