Monday, May 11, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Future correctional officers go through boot camp
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Record

STOCKTON — Forty-eight cadets are undergoing rigorous physical training, weeks away from their families, hours of classroom learning, and an adjustment to strict structure in Stockton.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Stockton Training Center is hosting its first academy for new youth correctional counselors and officers in about seven years. And it’s been four years since its Division of Juvenile Justice has had a cadet academy.


Victims, prison inmates find common ground

Amy Maginnis-Honey, Fairfield Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — One man removed his glasses,then wiped a tear from his eye. Others fought back tears, releasing an occasional sniffle.

When Teresa Courtemanche was done speaking, the 50-plus men rose to their feet and applauded.

Mothers of murder victims speak to inmates
Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

Inmates at California State Prison, Solano gathered Friday for graduation from a class that helped them understand the impact their crimes had on families, while two mothers whose children were murdered shared their own stories.

In all, 72 inmates took part in Friday’s graduation ceremony from the Victim Impact course, a 13-session course that is one part of a program for long-term offenders at the prison.

Incarcerated Mothers in Chowchilla Receive Early Mother's Day Gift

Connie Tran, Your Central Valley

Hundreds of mothers incarcerated in the women's prison in Chowchilla received an early Mother's Day present on Friday. They were able to spend hours with their children and caregivers, as the families traveled from all throughout the state thanks to the non-profit organization Get on the Bus.

Get on the Bus has implemented their Mother's Day program for 16 years. The organization, spearheaded by the Center for Restorative Justice Works and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation allows children to travel to the Central California Women's Facility, and all expenses are paid.

San Quentin Inmates Performing Shakespeare, Play About Veteran Suicides
The inmates have been preparing for the performances for the past eight months.
Alexander Nguyen, Patch

San Quentin State Prison inmates are performing two plays by William Shakespeare and an inmate-written play about issues facing military veterans this month, according to a spokesman for the prison.

Inmates will perform “Julius Caesar” on May 15, the veterans’ play on May 21 and “Macbeth” on May 22.

Folsom inmates hold Relay for Life event
Laura Newell, The Folsom Telegraph

More than 1,100 inmates walked in the Folsom State Prison and Folsom Women’s Facility Relay for Life event today, raising funds and awareness for cancer research.

Turlock man set to return from prison to schedule second murder trial

Rosalio Ahumada, The Modesto Bee

Darren Jack Merenda is scheduled to return to a Stanislaus County courtroom next week so a judge can schedule his second trial.

Merenda of Turlock had been serving a prison sentence of 25 years to life for the deadly stabbing of Donald Dean Futch, but an appellate court overturned that murder conviction and ordered a new trial.


County jails adjusting to realignment
Andrew Creasey, Appeal Democrat

NOTE: The reporter has been informed that state prison inmates are not transferred to county jails under Realignment.

Realignment — the shifting of prisoners from state facilities to county jails — is still making its mark locally, but the extent of the impact varies between Yuba and Sutter counties.

An April state auditor report identified prison overpopulation as a lingering issue of realignment, also known as AB 109 for the legislation behind the program. County jails across the state released 37 percent more inmates in June 2014 than were released in September 2011, before realignment began, the auditor reported.

But that is not an issue in Sutter County, said Sheriff J. Paul Parker.


Incarceration to convocation
Life after solitary confinement: How education paved the way for Danny Murillo
Jessie Lau, The Daily Californian

Sipping beer in his apartment and eating homemade ceviche, Danny Murillo, 35, could be any other UC Berkeley student.

But spend a little more time with him, and other things become apparent. Odd little details. Such as how his closet is unusually neat — winter jackets hang on the far right, followed by long-sleeved shirts, pants, belts and a white towel folded exactly in half. Medicine is organized in tidy rows on the top shelf, next to a small storage box and a suitcase. No space is wasted. In his bedroom, he keeps to-do lists and records of deadlines for what seems like countless scholarships and programs, all written in neat print and colored markers. He’s easy-going most of the time, but now and again, he’s restless. He talks very fast.

“I’m a creature of habit. If I have to work out at 7 in the morning, I have to work out every day at 7 in the morning,” Murillo said. “That’s how I function.”

Off Duty Safety
Brian Parry,

Safety while on and off duty is crucial to the correctional professional. When off duty you are responsible for your safety and the safety of your loved ones. It may not be uncommon to see a former inmate or parolee in the community whether at a shopping mall, a grocery market or in a local park. Most encounters entail nothing more than a glance, a head nod or an exchange of a few words. However, if in the rare occasion you are confronted in a threatening manner you should have a plan on how to react. We all want to be safe while off duty in our homes and in our communities and with our families and loved ones.

Some offenders, particularly gang members are accustomed to using threats, fear and intimidation against victims and witnesses. Those same tactics have been used against law enforcement and correctional staff. In fact, no one is exempt. Offenders and inmates have threatened judges, prosecutors, police officers and correctional professionals including probation and parole officers.

Prop. 47 giving future back to low-level felons: Guest commentary
Susan Burton, LA Daily News

I never thought I’d want to see the inside of jail again. But a new law, Proposition 47, has allowed me to focus on my future, not my past, opening new doors in my mission for criminal justice reform. I can visit prison again with confidence.

Let me explain. In 1981, my 5-year-old son was struck and killed by a car driven by an off-duty policeman. I was devastated. My life fell apart.