Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

SACRAMENTO- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is streamlining the collection of restitution which should translate into thousands more victims getting money that was collected on their behalf.

The department’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) has updated its Trust Accounting and Restitution Canteen System to now fully and automatically coordinate with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) referral system.


Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

The bottle and the rage had already ruined Rudy Contreras’ life before he hurt a cop in 2011.

He’d lost his welding job in Fresno. Wife and kids: Gone. Fresno home they had bought together: Lost.


Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: What ever happened with the murder case of Michael Perry, who was shot and killed in approximately 1995 by someone who turned out to be connected to his wife?

Mark, Fairfield

A: Five years after the shooting death of her husband, Joan Lisa Featherston admitted that she hired his killer.

Featherston pleaded guilty in 1992 to first-degree murder in the March 25,1987 death of 37-year-old Michael Anthony Perry. She had been the prosecution’s first witness at the 1987 trial of Elwin Keith Lay II, who Featherston said shot Perry as she and her husband walked through an open field near their Foothill Farms home. She testified that she had never seen Lay before he stepped up to them and shot and killed her husband.


Linda Strean, Public Policy Institute of California

Under continuing pressure to reduce its prison and jail populations, California is expanding alternatives that hold offenders accountable, are cost-effective, and do not harm public safety. At a Sacramento event last week, PPIC researcher Brandon Martin summarized a new PPIC report about the potential impact of this expansion. His presentation was followed by panel discussion in which state and local corrections officials talked about their own experience and provided examples of success.

Jeremy Verinsky, undersheriff of Santa Cruz County, said his department has long had a work release program— having offenders clean up graffiti in county parks, for example. The county has increasingly paired work release with home detention and electronic monitoring since corrections realignment began in 2011. Offenders in Santa Cruz are required to be involved in programs based on their needs and risk factors, Verinksy said.

Tami Abdollah and Olga r. Rodriguez, The Associated Press

A judge decided not to send a serial rapist back to a psychiatric hospital, outraging the California community where he has lived since his release last year and where some fear he will attack again.

Santa Clara County Judge Richard Loftus ruled Monday that Christopher Hubbart, known as the "pillowcase rapist," is not a danger to the health and safety of others, though prosecutors said he violated the terms of his July release when he twice allowed the power in his ankle monitor to run low.

Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post

In jails and prisons throughout the United States, correctional staff have sprayed mentally disabled prisoners with painful chemicals, shocked them with electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in restraining chairs and beds, according to a report that will be released Tuesday.

In its 127-page investigation of mostly state and local prisons, Human Rights Watch details incidents in which prison workers have used unnecessary and excessive force against prisoners with mental disabilities.

Zoe Greenberg, Investigative Fellow, RH Reality Check

In 2009, Janetta Johnson was sentenced to 71 months for possession and intent to distribute methamphetamine. When the economy plummeted in 2008, Johnson says she panicked and, like many women offenders, began selling drugs as a way to survive.

What makes Johnson’s case stand out, however, is that she is a trans woman. Designated as male at birth, Johnson has identified and lived as a woman since she was a child.