Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


How A Farm-To-Table Program Could Revitalize Prisons
Lydia O'Connor, The Huffington Post

A unique prison rehabilitation program launching in California may be the most powerful interpretation of farm-to-table the state has ever seen.

San Diego’s Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is building sites for its new Farm and Rehabilitation Meals (FARM) program, a fresh project that hires inmates as farmers, teaches them sustainable agriculture practices and -- if approved by prison health authorities -- will put the produce on inmates’ cafeteria tables.

Program piloted by Vacaville prison to be implemented across the state
Program to provide training, create 1,000 inmate jobs
Catherine Mijs, Times Herald News

Artis Fitzpatrick didn't always like to clean. In fact, he used to think of cleaning as a task better left for his sister to do.

On Thursday, however, as the hum of floor buffers echoed off the walls inside Vacaville's California Medical Facility, Fitzpatrick was hard at work cleaning — and enjoying it.

California inmate charged in 1980 double slaying
Terre Haute, Chron

A man imprisoned in California has confessed to the shooting deaths of two women nearly 34 years ago, Terre Haute police said Tuesday.

Harry L. Rowley, 61, was arrested on a warrant in January charging him with two counts of murder in the slayings of Lucinda Farmer, 29, and Mary Quillen, 28, police said. WTHI-TV and the Tribune-Star report their bodies, each with a single gunshot wound to the head, were found in an alley on July 4, 1980.


Guards fire warning shots in inmate riot at Calipatria State Prison
Robert J. Lopez, The Los Angeles Times

Guards at Calipatria State Prison fired warning shots and foam-tipped rubber bullets after a prison-yard riot broke out involving nearly 300 inmates, corrections officials said Tuesday afternoon.
The fight in the maximum-security area left 13 inmates with injuries described as non-life-threatening and two staff members with heat-related illnesses after the violence erupted in triple-digit heat around 10:15 a.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Grand Jury: County Lockups Filling; ‘Significant’ Costs to Enlarge Facilities
Gene Cubbison, NBC San Diego

Local taxpayers figure to be digging deeper and deeper into their checking accounts to pay for local jails and detention facilities.
That prediction comes from a just-released report by the San Diego County Grand Jury.

With the state under federal court orders to reduce prison populations, non-violent "low level" felons have been sentenced to county jails since late 2011, under the AB 109 “prison realignment” law.

Split Over Bond Funds To Relieve Prison Overcrowding
Max Pringle, Capitol Public Radio

Governor Jerry Brown’s request for $500 million in bond funds to relieve prison overcrowding is getting mixed reviews in the legislature.

The Assembly Budget Committee has approved Brown’s request that all the money go to local jail expansion.


Governor Brown Announces Appointments
Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Frederic Foulk, 51, of Susanville, has been appointed warden at High Desert State Prison, where he has been acting warden since 2013 and has served in multiple positions since 2006, including chief deputy administrator, correctional administrator and facility captain.


Capitol Alert: California Senate passes bill to ban sterilizing prison inmates
Laurel Rosenhal, The Sacramento Bee

California jails and prisons would be forbidden from sterilizing inmates for the purpose of birth control under a bill the state Senate passed Tuesday.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, wrote Senate Bill 1135 after the Center for Investigative Reporting found that over a five-year period, doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates without required state approvals.