Friday, June 5, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

70 women graduate in Career Technical Education programs at Folsom prison
Laura Newell, The Folsom Telegraph

Approximately 70 female offenders graduated from California Prison Industry Authority’s Career Technical Education program last week and received certifications in computer-aided design, pre-apprentice construction labor, pre-apprentice carpentry and healthcare facilities maintenance.

“California Prison Industry Authority Career Technical Education programs are some of the most effective rehabilitation programs for CDCR,” said Charles Pattillo, the general manager for the California Prison Industry Authority and executive officer for the Prison Industry Board. “Cumulatively, California Prison Industry Authority Career Technical Education program graduates have a recidivism rate of 7.13 percent.”
 

Facebook Now a Place for Prisoners, Too
Civil rights advocates lobbied Facebook to stop automatically deleting all profiles of current American prisoners, The Daily Beast has learned. But the debate on whether someone is too dangerous ever to have one is still raging.
Sarah Shourd, Daily Beast

One day at work, Larissa admitted to logging onto Facebook “to see my kids’ Easter pictures.”

She had been put on work furlough because the Alabama Department of Corrections deemed her a low security risk. She was allowed to leave prison to work shifts at a local Burger King.

While Larissa was logged on, someone sent her a message and she replied.

DEATH PENALTY

California Faces Deadline For Approving New Execution Method
The Associated Press

The state corrections department and families of murder victims have reached an agreement, announced Tuesday, that would tie California's execution procedure to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The settlement filed in Sacramento County Superior Court late Monday resolves a lawsuit that was filed by crime victims to force the state to more quickly adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates.

OPINION


Editorial: Criminal justice reforms under fire in Sacramento
The Press-Enterprise

Worries about crime have some California legislators and local officials working to amend two landmark criminal-justice reforms of recent years. Proposition 47, passed by voters last November, reduced many felonies to misdemeanors. And Assembly Bill 109, passed by the California Legislature in 2011 as the California Prison Realignment Plan, shifted thousands of state prison inmates to local jails.

Several bills have been introduced in the Legislature to curb the recent reforms. Two top bills are:

Assembly Bill 150 is by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore. It would make theft of any firearm a felony. It’s supposedly needed because Prop. 47 reduced to a misdemeanor from a felony theft of property worth less than $950. Critics claimed that meant criminals would be able to steal guns worth less than $950 and mostly get away with it.