Monday, May 5, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


How Inmates Will Protect California This Summer
Huffington Post

As one of the most threatening wildfire seasons in state history looms, Californians will be relying on some unlikely protectors: prisoners.

More than 4,300 inmates live at approximately 40 locations across California as part of the Conservation Camp Program, which allows low-risk prisoners to spend their sentences fighting fires instead of sitting in cells. A partnership between the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the program is the country’s biggest and oldest program of its kind, NBC News reports, dating back to 1946.

Photos: An Intimate Look at Aging Prisoners in California
Chelsea Matiash, Wall Street Journal

The California Department of Corrections is taking steps to alleviate the aches and pains of prison life for the elderly, who make up the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population in the United States. Photographer Andrew Burton of Getty Images documented the daily lives and struggles of aging prisoners at a variety of state prison systems in California in December.


Brown: Alternatives to prison a priority
Governor calls realignment a ‘creative solution,’ says more funds may address school ‘bandwidth issues.’
Martin Wisckol And Lauren Steussy, OC Register

During a visit Friday to Orange County, Gov. Jerry Brown offered no apologies for complaints of increased crime and jail violence in the wake of 2011’s prison realignment, which resulted in thousands of nonviolent offenders being housed in local jails rather than state prisons.


Editorial: The death penalty question

The Fresno Bee

Clayton Lockett's execution was botched Tuesday night in Oklahoma. He writhed, gasped and apparently died of a heart attack roughly 40 minutes after the drugs that were supposed to kill him were administered.