Friday, May 15, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


California prisons working to conserve water

State prison inmates have to watch their water use just like the rest of us.

All 34 state prisons are trying to conserve water. That includes regulating how often toilets are flushed, limiting inmate showers to three times a week and other water-saving steps. So-called "drought managers" are monitoring water usage at each prison to meet the governor's conservation goals.

"What we've learned is that we have actually saved about 1 and half billion gallons of water each year for the last four years," Bill Sessa, with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said.


Inmates trained in fighting grassland fires

Travis Taborek, Calaveras Enterprise

Fire crews made up of inmates from Vallecito and Baseline conservation camps participated in readiness drills this week near New Hogan Reservoir.

The training was under the direction of the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

Inmates train for fire season
Natalie Weber, KRCRTV

REDWAY, Calif. - A partnership between CAL FIRE and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is helping fire crews prepare for the upcoming fire season, which begins on June 8.

Inmates at the Eel River Conservation Camp are going through the Redwood Coast Fire Preparedness exercise. The exercise is a three day training course to test the knowledge and abilities of the inmates in the program.

Mother’s Day for prisoners
Corey Pride, Chowchilla News

Mother’s Day came early last week for scores of women who hadn’t seen their children in months.

On Friday, 300 children across the state boarded buses with a parent or guardian to come to the Central California Women’s Facility to spend a few hours with their mothers.

Vallecito Conservation Camp inmate bolts; recaptured the same day
Calaveras Enterprise

An inmate who walked away from the Vallecito Conservation Camp Wednesday morning was recaptured about 1:45 p.m. that afternoon by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said that Taurus Hendricks, 22, was last seen at approximately 5:10 a.m. while being interviewed by camp staff members. Later, when staff members became concerned he was missing, they conducted an emergency count and alerted local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol.


Mindful of Prop. 47 sentence reductions, Brown aims to scale back private prisons
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to cut California's reliance on out-of-state private prisons by half, but seeks to postpone long-term discussion about the state's own aging lockups and need to rent space from others until next year.

The governor's latest plans, contained in revised spending proposals released Thursday, call for shrinking the number of inmates housed outside California in the next year by 4,000 -- reducing related state spending by $73 million. As of this week, the state had a little more than 8,000 inmates in private prisons in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma, and another 6,250 prisoners in contracted lockups within the state.

Prop. 47 shows promise, but fixes still needed

The Editorial Board, The Pasadena Star-News

There’s no doubt about it, Proposition 47 is helping to ease crowding in prisons and forcing a rethinking of the criminal justice system in California.

That’s good. The dated lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key mentality has no place in a justice system premised on rehabilitation.

Still, there remain problems that need to be fixed with the initiative passed last November by an electorate wary of tough-on-crime laws that often disproportionately hurt African American and Latinos.