Friday, May 1, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Kyndell Nunley, Bakersfield Eyewitness News

DELANO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been on an aggressive water conservation program since 2010. 

Under an order from Gov. Jerry Brown five years ago, state prisons were urged to reduce water use, with the goal of cutting water use by 20 percent. Since then, the state system has saved 1.5 billion gallons of water a year, totaling 6 billion gallons and reduction of 17.8 percent.




CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Stockton Record

STOCKTON — There was a time Raymesha Bilbo was homeless and “running the streets,” she said.

“I wasn’t doing nothing,” Bilbo, 34, said. “I was just out there.”

Drugs were at the center of her life and she didn’t know how to be a mother to her two young daughters.

Bilbo has been clean for nearly eight months and she has a new lease on life.
Bilbo’s story embodied the meaning of a graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Hilton Stockton, where 29 individuals received certificates for completing a parole re-entry program.




CALIFORNIA INMATES

The Associated Press

SAN QUENTIN — A 64-year-old inmate who spent 14 years on California's death row for the murder of his estranged wife has died at San Quentin State Prison.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement that Richard James Poynton was found unresponsive in his single cell on Thursday morning and pronounced dead a short time later.

Prison officials say the cause of his death won't be known until an autopsy is performed.

NOTE: The reporter has been informed that the SHU is not “solitary confinement.”

Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Tribune

After spending more than 20 years in prison following an ill-fated escape attempt at a Paso Robles juvenile detention facility while he was still a teen, a man was ordered released from prison by the same San Luis Obispo County judge who sentenced him.

Freddie Chacon, 37, was 16 when he was convicted in 1994 of kidnapping a librarian at the El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility with another juvenile inmate and demanding a truck to drive to Mexico.




CORRECTIONS RELATED

Dana Littlefield, San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego — It may seem counter-intuitive to refer to a group of men who spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit as “lucky.”

But that’s what Justin Brooks told a gathering of law students, lawyers, former inmates and their families this week. As he introduced the five men who sat on either side of him, the director of the California Innocence Project talked about how difficult it can be to prove to a judge that a convicted inmate doesn’t belong behind bars.

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for a former San Quentin guard to sue the state for injuries he suffered when he fell on a staircase at his home on the prison grounds.

Monnie Wright, a prison guard since 1997, was on his way to work in December 2010 when he fell while descending the stairs outside the home he had rented from the state. Wright said one of the concrete steps crumbled beneath his foot, apparently because of defective construction. He needed surgery for nerve damage in an elbow and torn knee ligaments, and suffered a lower-back injury that still causes severe pain, his lawyers said. Wright received $137,000 in workers’ compensation benefits for his medical expenses and lost wages, and took early retirement in July 2012.




OPINION

Shelly Haskins, AL.com

Alabama's prison reform legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, and could be headed to a vote in House as early as Tuesday.

The Senate passed the bill, called the Justice Reinvestment Act, last month.
AL.com spent most of the past two years reporting on the problems in Alabama's overcrowded prisons, which are at nearly 200 percent capacity, and has advocated for passage of prison reform.


Every day until the bill passes, we will bring you the thoughts of regular Alabamians who support prison reform, and ask for yours.