Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

California’s state prison-officer academy will shorten from 16 weeks to 12 weeks starting late next month, four years after Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and California’s correctional officer union began talking about abbreviated cadet training.

Not that long ago, such a change would have been unthinkable for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, but the agreement was made more palatable through negotiations that also re-established a commission to oversee training standards for correctional officers.


Ana Ceballos, Monterey Herald

Soledad-  Two hours after authorities noticed an inmate had escaped from a minimum-security prison in Soledad, he was found at a McDonald’s parking lot and taken back into custody.

Tevis Michael Stephens, 37, who was convicted of being in possession of a controlled substance last year, was housed at the Minimum Support Facility at the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. Authorities at the facility did not notify the public that Stephens had left, and said he was unaccounted for about 9:15 p.m. Monday.

Greg Eskridge, KALW
Local prison San Quentin combats recidivism with programs to help people adapt back into society. One of those projects is San Quentin Prison Report, a program training those who are incarcerated to produce stories from the inside.

After spending 25 years in prison for a first degree murder, Jessy Reed was finally preparing to be released. He vowed to never return to prison and looked forward to starting over with a new life on the outside. Once Reed was free, life on the outside became a series of challenges, piling up like one after the other.

Times Union

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A state appeals court has reversed the 11-year prison sentence given to a young mother who didn't get medical attention for her injured baby because she worried doctors would discover that she was smoking pot while breastfeeding.

Lyndsay Colula, now 23, was given the punishment in 2013 when she didn't get treatment her infant. The baby suffered broken leg, fractured ribs and injuries to the head and toes, reports the Press Democrat (


Rachel Zentz, The Salinas Californian

A man in his 30s was shot multiple times Monday afternoon in Greenfield, according to the Greenfield Police Department.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. officers responded to the 1000 block of Oak Avenue after receiving calls about a man in his 30s who had been shot. The victim was shot multiple times and was taken to a local hospital.

Brenna Lyles, The Sacramento Bee

California license plates are finally back in black.

The Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that it had started production on new California plates with black backgrounds and yellow lettering. The model, originally used from 1963-69, is available through the California Legacy License Plate Program – a result of Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Assembly Bill 1658.

For the black plates to be issued, a total of 7,500 applications had to be turned in to the state agency. The DMV reached that number in June 2014.


Christopher Moraff, Al Jazeera America‎

Note: The following piece notes that the population of the California Institution for Men was operating at 197 percent of design capacity at the time of a riot in 2005. The piece does not also note, by way of context, that CIM is currently populated at 128 percent of design capacity. The author has been informed.

Police and federal agents were, at the time of publication, still hunting for two convicted murderers who escaped June 7 from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in rural upstate New York.

On June 14, a county prosecutor said that while the pair received some inside help from a female prison worker, they stole the power tools they needed to cut through their steel cell walls from contractors who were doing repairs at the deteriorating 170-year old institution.