Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


California's Best Answer to Prison Overcrowding
Jens Erik Gould, The Huffington Post

CHINO, Calif. - On a hot day in Southern California, William Jones dives to the bottom of a deep-water tank. Clad in a heavy helmet and scuba gear, he spends several minutes at the bottom, removing bolts from large metal pipes, and communicating his progress through a radio to a dive tender on the surface.

Inmates’ Newspaper Covers a World Behind San Quentin’s Walls
Patricia Leigh Brown, The New York Times

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. — It is not every newspaper editor who can point to a black-and-white surveillance photograph from a 1996 bank robbery and say that he was the robber.

But then again, The San Quentin News — which was recently honored by a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for “accomplishing extraordinary journalism under extraordinary circumstances” — is hardly a typical newspaper.


Corrections Scans 200 Million Inmate Documents, Completes Milestone in SOMS Project

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has just completed the conversion of some 200 million documents into electronic images — a major milestone in CDCR’s Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS). As reported last September in TechWire, SOMS will modernize legacy computer systems, obtain access to accurate and complete offender information, and consolidate intake, history and tracking of inmates across its more than 30 institutions.