Monday, April 13, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Inmate Sex Change Order From Judge Will Face Challenge From California
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s corrections department said Friday that it will appeal a federal judge’s order that it immediately provide a transgender inmate with sex-reassignment surgery.

The state’s court filing challenges last week’s decision by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco that the surgery is medically necessary for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51.

State prison system to appeal order for inmate's sexual reassignment

Ryan Parker, The Los Angeles Times

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation plans to appeal a federal judge’s order that an inmate be allowed to undergo gender reassignment surgery, according to documents filed Friday.

In addition, the prison system has requested a stay. If granted, the operation could not occur until after a ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A Record of Trouble

California looks to halfway houses, finds a company cited for violence and escapes.
Anat Rubin, The Marshall Project

As California prepares to greatly expand its use of halfway houses for people leaving its overcrowded prisons, state officials have turned for help to a private halfway house operator that has been cited in other states for inadequate care, unchecked violence and repeated escapes at its facilities.

The private company, Community Education Centers, or CEC, recently began work on a $30-million contract to arrange housing, substance-abuse treatment and mental health services for thousands of former convicts returning home to Los Angeles County.


From prisoner to programmer
Mia De Graaf, Daily Mail

Kenyatta Leal has something millions of people would give anything for: the ability to bring the cream of Silicon Valley’s executives to their feet.

However, unlike most app developers, he learnt about technology not at MIT or at Stanford, but at San Quentin Correctional Facility.

ETSU to feature film documenting prison desegregation, transformation

The Johnson City Press

Filmmaker Noel Schwerin spent nearly 10 years in prison in Soledad, Calif. – not as an inmate, but to document the struggles of those who are incarcerated. The result was a perspective on prison culture and hierarchies that few people outside correctional facilities ever see, much less understand.

The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University will present A Kind of Order (newly titled In An Ideal World) with filmmaker Schwerin as a part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Ball Hall Auditorium. The film is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A and reception with producer/director Schwerin.


Stan empowers families

Rich Greene, Daily News

Red Bluff >> Just three blocks from the home where she was kept locked up in a box, tortured and raped, Colleen Stan was the featured speaker Thursday at the 2015 Tehama County Crime Victims’ Recognition Ceremony held at the Board of Supervisors Chamber.

It was the first time Stan had spoken publicly in Tehama County in decades.

The Tehama County Victim and Witness Assistance Program had moved their ceremony up to accommodate Stan, who on April 16 is scheduled to speak at the parole hearing of Cameron Hooker, the man who kidnapped her and kept her as a slave. 

10 things to know about Darren Sharper's plea deal settling rape charges
Ken Daley, NOLA

Terms of Darren Sharper's global plea agreement with the four state jurisdictions prosecuting him as a serial rapist were revealed Wednesday (April 9) from a 15-page memorandum obtained by | The Times-Picayune. But to get you water-cooler ready, here are 10 things to know about the proposed agreement for the disgraced Saints star:


Jail term in 'revenge porn' case is county's longest
Website operator was sentenced to 18 years in county jail
Dana Littlefield, U T San Diego

San Diego — The first person to be prosecuted for operating a so-called “revenge porn” website secured another dubious distinction when he was sentenced in San Diego Superior Court.

Kevin Bollaert, 28, is now serving the longest sentence of any jail inmate in San Diego County since state law changed to allow certain nonviolent offenders to serve prison terms in local custody, according to county authorities.

Political Notes: Gallagher prison bill advances, but sex ed proposal voted down
Eric Vodden, Appeal Democrat

Area Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Nicolaus, won one and lost one last week.

Gallagher's bill calling for a fiscal review of prison realignment made it out of committee. But his legislation requiring parental permission for children to receive sex education in schools didn't advance.

ACLU Forum Questions New Jail

Prop. 47, Other Laws Discussed
Lyz Hoffman, Santa Barbara Independent‎

The questions raised by the Board of Supervisors on Monday over the need for and financing of the planned North County Jail continued at a forum on Wednesday night. About 50 people gathered at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara to hear from an ACLU lawyer and a couple of former inmates, in a discussion hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara and CAUSE (Central Coast United for a Sustainable Economy).

After a previous speaker noted the history behind plans for a second jail in Santa Barbara County — including the 2008 Sheriff’s Blue Ribbon Commission report on overcrowding and the 2010 failed county ballot initiative to increase the sales tax by one-half percent to pay for a new lockup — ACLU lawyer Jessica Farris launched into her presentation. For several years, Farris said, Californians have been shifting their attitudes away from incarceration and toward prevention and treatment. Alternatives like electronic monitoring, day reporting, and probation are “not slaps on the wrist,” Farris said and should be given more weight.

Sonoma County incarcerating fewer people
Paul Payne, The Press Democrat

Sonoma County is putting fewer people behind bars since the passage of landmark legislation three years ago to ease prison overcrowding, the head of a state corrections board said Friday.

Last year, county residents were incarcerated at a rate of about 400 per every 100,000, a 22 percent decline over 2007, when 509 out of every 100,000 residents were in jail or prison, according to data from the Board of State and Community Corrections.


Hack Reactor seeks to bridge the technology divide

Alicia Johnson, Tech Mag Gen

Coding bootcamp Hack Reactor recently announced a partnership with TechHire, a government initiative designed to provide computer and technical training in underrepresented communities across America.

A call to action

chart_openjobsThis partnership is in response to President Obama’s desire “to empower Americans with the skills they need.” Specifically, to help retrain Americans seeking to secure jobs in the fields of technology, science and engineering.