Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Solano prison inmates learn from Shakespeare’s tragedies
Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

The first season of Shakespeare at California State Prison, Solano has concluded with the theatrical performance of two tragedies. But the Arts-in-Corrections program is receiving enormously positive reviews from its actors, instructors and audience.

In many ways, the cast members of “Julius Caesar” looked like any other acting troupe. The cast of 12 inmates and three civilian volunteers spoke to their characters’ motivations, held a Q&A session after the show and were even asked by a few audience members to autograph programs.

Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips sends terrifying letters from prison: 'This place is a jungle'

Josh Peter, USA Today

The handwritten letters have arrived with the same return address: Lawrence Phillips G-31982, Kern Valley State Prison, P.O. Box 5101, Delano, CA 93216.

Yes, that Lawrence Phillips.

The star running back on University of Nebraska’s national championship teams in 1994 and 1995. A first-round pick, sixth overall, in the 1996 NFL draft. A convicted felon — sentenced to 31 years for driving his car into three teenagers and assaulting an ex-girlfriend — under suspicion for the recent death of his cellmate in a maximum-security prison 140 miles north of Los Angeles.

State found not liable for releasing rapist who then killed teenager

Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

State mental-health authorities are not liable for determining that a convicted rapist — who raped and killed a teenager four days after leaving prison — was suitable for release, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday.

Elaina Novoa sued the Department of Mental Health, charging that her sister’s death was caused by the government’s failure to fulfill its duties under the Sexually Violent Predators Act. That law permits dangerous sex offenders to be confined in a mental institution after their prison terms end.


Prison overseer says inmate medical care lacking in private lockups
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

Though healthcare within the state's 34 prisons continues to improve, problems persist in contract prisons where the state pays to house its overflow inmate population.

"Little progress has been made in resolving, much less improving," the care provided to 4,200 inmates in seven contracted lockups, medical receiver Clark Kelso said in a report filed Monday with the three federal judges who oversee the state's prison system. Four of the seven prisons in Kern and San Bernardino counties are owned by the GEO Group; three are owned by small communities.


Police shooting of armed CDCR employee during standoff at hotel ruled within department policy

The Bakersfield Californian

Note:“ The reporter has been informed that Burdge was a former employee at the time of the shooting.”

The Bakersfield Police Department’s Critical Incident Review Board has determined shots fired by two officers at a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee who shot a man and holed up inside a hotel were within department policy and state and federal guidelines.

Detective Kelly Williams and Senior Officer Daniel Champness have been returned to full duty, police said.



Marin IJ Editorial: Governor’s death row plan makes sense
Marin Independent Journal‎

The addition of $3.2 million for expanding death row at San Quentin State Prison is part of the price tag of the state’s death penalty.

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing that the state convert existing cells at the prison to create 97 more cells for its growing population of condemned inmates.