Monday, July 13, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, Associated Press

California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: "potty watches" where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course.

Prison officials say the watches are necessary to recover weapons, cellphones and notes passed among inmates to coordinate illegal gang activities. Some recovered items seem truly bizarre: a can opener, hearing aids, and an entire electric tattoo kit.

Paige St. John, LA Times

Even as it prepares for a courtroom showdown over the use of prolonged solitary confinement to keep order in its prisons, California has adopted emergency rules to dial down such isolation.

Inmates may no longer be put in isolation for refusing a cell assignment, for example, one of several prison infractions for which solitary confinement punishment has been reduced or dropped. And those being disciplined with segregation can cut that punishment in half with good behavior.

"This is part of an ongoing evolution in how we manage inmates in segregation," said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the corrections department. "There will be more changes."


Don Thompson, Associated Press

Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell.

Details of the gruesome May killing at the medium-security California State Prison, Solano, are laid out in an autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request.

Thomas Curwen, LA Times

Not long after 24-year-old prison inmate Nicholas Rodriguez went missing, guards discovered his body nearly sawed in half, eviscerated and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall at the medium security California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville.

The discovery, which was made May 4, was disclosed Friday by the Associated Press, which obtained the autopsy report of the victim under a public records request. Officials for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation declined to comment on the details of Rodriguez’s death, which is under investigation.


Promise Yee, KPBS

Inmates of Donovan state prison in San Diego created the artwork for a new exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

At a reception for a series of new exhibits this weekend, visitors to the museum crowded into a small, cell-sized gallery to view the creative result of Project PAINT: The Prison Arts Initiative.

The exhibit is entitled “Art Transports Us Out of Bounds: Prison Arts in San Diego.” Most of the 100 detailed pencil drawings and sculptures in the exhibit are displayed in a 6 by 9 foot space, the size of a prison cell for two inmates.


Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee

At the rate approved by a federal judge, it will take convicted swindler Tony Daniloo more than 10,000 years to repay what he stole from his victims.

One of them, owed $74,000, is 85 years old and fading with Alzheimer’s disease. The woman’s daughter and full-time caregiver, Linda Malone, says they lost everything in Daniloo’s scam, are too poor to buy a car, are hounded by creditors and have no hope of returning to a normal life.

Sharon Bernstein, Reuters

Starting next week, California parks will no longer offer showers for people to wash sand and salt from their bodies at the beach, part of a broader plan to conserve water as the state's years-long drought drags on.

The most populous U.S. state is in the fourth year of a catastrophic drought that has cost billions to its agricultural sector and prompted its first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use.