Thursday, May 8, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Prison yoga offers inmates 90-minute pursuits of inner peace
Cynthia H. Craft, The Sacramento Bee


Each week, Zack Pasillas hops behind the wheel of his car and drives off to seek the pleasure and satisfaction of teaching yoga to a group of adults he’s identified as his very “best students.”


Never mind that to reach them Pasillas must pass through barred, locked metal gates and several uniformed security inspectors demanding duplicate IDs. Never mind that he must cross a dismal, barren yard devoid of greenery, toward the building called C Facility, erected with all the architectural finesse of a massive, Third World concrete box.


Group Claims Officials Knew of Murder Confession Years Before 'Fairbanks Four' Filing
Nikki Carvajal, NBC News

ANCHORAGE - A motion filed Wednesday by the Alaska Innocence Project claims the Fairbanks Police Department and Fairbanks District Attorney’s office had information about a prison inmate confessing to the 1997 murder of John Hartman as early as 2011.
 

REALIGNMENT
 

Judge says ex-cons under supervision have the right to vote
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times


An Alameda County judge has ruled that Secretary of State Debra Bowen erred when she told California election officials to forbid some 42,000 former prisoners and other felons from registering to vote.


Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo's decision Wednesday likely comes too late to permit former state inmates and others put under community supervision because of the state's prison overcrowding to register in time to vote in the state's primary elections.


Capitol Alert: Realignment puts heavy pressure on jails, PPIC report says
Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee


The "realignment" that Gov. Jerry Brown championed to reduce overcrowding in state prisons has, in turn, created overcrowding in county jails that were already in some distress, according to a new study by the Public Policy Institute of California.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Final Valley defendants sentenced in Nuestra Familia gang cases
Carmen George, The Fresno Bee


Prison sentences for the final defendants in a series of large cases targeting a "dangerous" gang, Nuestra Familia, were announced Wednesday in Fresno by U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.