Monday, June 8, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

KTVU

Note: “Click the link above to watch KTVU’s coverage of the Father’s Day Get on the Bus visiting event at San Quentin State Prison.”

Ana B. Ibarra, Merced SunStar

There is something to be said about being at the right place at the right time. Just ask Penny Guillory.

Guillory is a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service out of the Merced office on M Street, and the newest recipient of the Postmaster General’s Hero Award.

In February, Guillory was driving to work when she noticed a man waving his hands frantically on the side of a Chowchilla road near Robertson Boulevard. When she stopped, she found that a female passenger was unconscious.

Chino Champion News

Chino and Chino Hills police and officers with the California Institution for Men will take part in the Flame of Hope Special Olympics torch run Monday.

Chino Hills police will receive the torch from Pomona Police officers near Garey Avenue and the 71 Freeway, run south on Peyton Drive to Chino Hills Parkway and pass the torch to Chino and CIM officers at Ramona Avenue.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Every inmate inside San Quentin prison has at least one story to tell. Some of them have now been melded into music by a North Bay singer-songwriter. She talks about that process on today’s North Bay Report.

Mixed in with the regrets, longing, anger and remorse shared by the inmates in her writing sessions, Auld also found the ingredients for a love song of sorts—one that she says is the essence of mixed emotions.

CDCR NEWS

John Ellis, The Fresno Bee

Four inmates who contracted Valley fever while housed at prisons across the region are suing state officials including Gov. Jerry Brown, saying they knew of the fungal infection’s dangers but did nothing to protect prisoners.

The legal actions are the latest in a string of federal civil rights lawsuits filed by multiple Southern California law firms on behalf of inmates housed mainly at Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons who have contracted the fungal infection. Pleasant Valley is located in Coalinga. One lawsuit filed late last year has 45 plaintiffs from the two prisons. A third, filed in July 2013, seeks class-action status on behalf of African Americans, those older than 55 and others with compromised immune systems who contracted Valley fever while at either prison.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Daily Democrat

The persistence of a select number of Yolo County probationers and parolees has paid off.

A total of 46 members of the spring 2015 graduating class of the Yolo Day Reporting Center were honored at the Woodland Senior Center Thursday for successfully completing the core components of an innovative transition program for probationers and parolees who are making successful transitions back into their communities.

David W. Gordon, superintendent of the Sacramento County Office of Education, spoke to the crowd that filled the center’s multipurpose room said “we are a nation of second chances” and that the honorees can and will turn things around.

These states’ prisons are so full that they have to ship inmates thousands of miles away
Daniel Rivero, Fusion

By this time next year, the tiny village of Baldwin, Michigan (population 1,200) could more than double in size, thanks to people moving in from other states.

But the town is not attracting outsiders with a North Dakota-style economic boom. It is, in fact, one of the poorest municipalities in the state of Michigan. Rather, the new arrivals will be coming from Vermont and Washington, after both states reached an unprecedented agreement to ship inmates from those states to a private prison, located just outside the town.

The North Lake Correctional Facility, which will reopen at the end of June after being closed for four years, will strictly house inmates from other states, as Michigan will send none of its own to the facility. It’s the latest development in the controversial practice of how some states send local prisoners thousands of miles away from home to serve their sentences.

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

An unintended casualty of California’s criminal justice realignment of 2011, which shifted low-level criminals from state to county custody to relieve prison overcrowding, was a program that allowed juvenile offenders who did well on parole to erase their records that could follow them for the rest of their lives.

The apparently unintended repeal of the rehabilitation program was disclosed Thursday by a state appeals court in San Jose in the case of a young South Bay man seeking to clear a record that now subjects him to lifetime registration as a sex offender. The court urged legislators to remedy the oversight by either restoring the previous program or expressly eliminating it.

Ana Ceballos, Monterey Herald

Salinas -  A Salinas Valley State Prison correctional officer accused of holding another man at gunpoint has pleaded not guilty to all charges and continues to work at the prison.

Brian Gertsch, 35, denied all allegations against him stemming from a January heated argument that led to his arrest. Gertsch is facing a misdemeanor charge for brandishing a loaded weapon at a man in San Ardo. Matthew Castro told authorities Gertsch held a loaded gun at his chest after having an argument. Both men had been drinking at the time, deputies said.

OPINION

The Los Angeles Times

A California board with $500 million to award for jail construction is set on Wednesday to begin a two-month process under which counties can apply for the money. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has before it on Tuesday reports from the sheriff and other officials on their plans for a $2-billion replacement project for Men's Central Jail, as approved in principle by the supervisors a year ago. The timing might appear perfect. It's not. Both processes are moving too quickly and are too likely to result in construction of expensive new jails built around outmoded thinking, outdated circumstances and nonexistent needs.

The inmate population in California has changed drastically in the last several years, first due to a continuing drop in crime, then because of state laws adopted in 2011 that made counties and their jails responsible for many low-level felons who previously had been housed in the state prison system. The Board of State and Community Corrections grew out of that process of “criminal justice realignment” and is charged, in part, with making sure counties have what they need to handle their new responsibilities.