Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Can a Free Press Flourish Behind Bars?

For 127 years, prison newspapers have struggled to speak truth to the outside world.
Wilbert Rideau and Linda LaBranche, The Nation

Before the Wright brothers took flight or Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity, before there were cars, trucks, ballpoint pens and zippers, before there was The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, or radio and television, there was The Prison Mirror, a newspaper founded in 1887 at Stillwater Prison in Minnesota. It was the brainchild of one prisoner, and its startup was bankrolled by a dozen more, including the Younger Brothers of the infamous Jesse James Gang. It was the first publication in America produced solely by inmates from inside a prison, and at 127 years and counting it is the oldest continuously published prison journal in America.


Ban on inmate sterilizations moves forward in California legislature
Jennifer Chaussee, Reuters

(Reuters) - A bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons advanced on Tuesday, days after an audit showed officials failed to follow the state's rules for obtaining consent for the procedures.

The bill unanimously passed the assembly health committee on Tuesday as lawmakers scrambled to respond to the audit, which showed that errors were made in obtaining informed consent from 39 women inmates who had their fallopian tubes tied while incarcerated between 2005 and 2011.


Life After Prison: Ex-Felons Often Struggle to Find a Job
Les Lovoy,WBHM

Throughout the week, WBHM is reporting on the hurdles ex-offenders face once they're released from prison. One of the primary challenges they face is finding stable employment. In addition to the external struggles ex-felons face when looking for work, many also grapple with internal ones, like drug addiction or mental health issues. But, issues aside, ex-offenders need a job to provide for their basic needs, in addition to money required to pay court expenses and restitution.

Supervisors taking 'big picture' look at spending
Zachary K. Johnson, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - The year to come in county government: A planned new park in Tracy could come closer, a planned incubator for start-up businesses is expected to launch, and a long-talked-about plan to add double bunking to the San Joaquin County Jail is set to become a reality.