Thursday, May 14, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS
 

California prison inspection uncovers unsanitary conditions
Sharon Bernstein, Reuters

An inspection of a controversial California prison revealed unsanitary conditions, from a lack of hot water and incorrect storage of raw food to rodent droppings, a state report shows.

The report on the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, obtained by Reuters on Wednesday under a Public Records Act request, exposed dozens of violations of health rules.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Folsom inmates walk for Relay for Life
Inmates raised $21,000 for American Cancer Society
Laura Newell, The Folsom Telegraph

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

According to Folsom State Prison Lt. Joe Tuggle, two six-hour relays were held simultaneously at each of the prisons where inmates have donated money to help the American Cancer Society.

For Lawrence Phillips, a Dead Cellmate and Another Day of Reckoning
Lars Anderson, CNN

Before death was unleashed in his two-man cell on April 11, inmate No. G31982 led a quiet life inside the stone and concrete walls of California's Kern Valley State Prison, a haunting, fortress-like structure that rises out of a dusty patch of land in the San Joaquin Valley.

Most mornings, inmate No. G31982 was stirred awake at 6 a.m. as guards at Kern told the nearly 4,000 all-male prisoners—the maximum-security facility was built to hold 2,400—it was time to begin the day. Soon, a hot breakfast that typically consisted of eggs, hash browns and thinly sliced ham was delivered room-service style to his cell. Many mornings, he purchased a special package of vitamins and proteins, the fuel for his late-morning workout.

DEATH PENALTY

Artist's 600 plates depict the final meals of death row inmates
Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune‎

Six tacos, six glazed doughnuts, one Cherry Coke.

Julie Green remembers exactly when she stopped on this detail and she remembers why: She was living in Oklahoma in the summer of 1999, flipping through a local newspaper when she came across a notice of an execution. "It was a regular feature that ran on state executions. It would describe a man's facial expression at the time of his execution — and it was always a man — and it would say what the crime was, which was always horrid, and it would say what his last words were, and then what he ate for a last meal. I had no connection with capital punishment then, but when I read that — six tacos, six glazed doughnuts, Cherry Coke — it humanized death row. Someone had asked for that, those specific things, that specific number."

CORRECTIONS RELATED

No ordinary wedding shower planned by Brandman employee
Cindy O'Dell, Brandman News

You could say that Natasha Yeates’ wedding shower is going to the dogs. Instead of receiving the traditional shower of gifts before her wedding, Yeates, a faculty services specialist at the Ontario campus, and her fianc√© Russell Pennington are holding a fundraising wedding shower that will benefit Canine Support Teams.

Yeates previously worked as a One Stop student advisor at the Temecula campus(since relocated to Menifee), where a majority of the students were veterans or current military. Those students, what they went through and their struggles to adjust after duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, prompted Yeates to look for a local nonprofit to support that worked with wounded veterans. She found Menifee-based Canine Support Teams, which provides service dogs.