Thursday, July 9, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Don Thompson Associated Press

Ex-felons in California are committing new crimes at a relatively steady rate compared with previous years, but more of them are going to county jails instead of state prisons as a 2011 state law intended they should, according to a report released Wednesday.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said 54 percent of felons were back behind prison walls within three years. That's down from 61 percent a year ago and down from a high of 67.5 percent for inmates released from prison a decade ago, when California had one of the nation's highest recidivism rates.

Ed Joyce,  Capital Public Radio News‎

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reports the recidivism rate during the fiscal year 2009-2010 was 54 percent.

The CDCR says the rate at which inmates released from state prison returned to state custody has trended downward since 2005 when it was 67 percent.

Under the new deal, the reimbursement rate were slashed from $46 per day to $10 per day.
Alexander Nguyen, Patch

Under a revised agreement with the state that the Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday, the cost of deploying Riverside County jail inmates to fight wildfires will be a lot less.

In a 5-0 vote, the board signed off on an amended compact with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to reimburse the agency at the rate of $10 per day for putting county prisoners to work on the fire lines, or for brush clearance operations.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE, Calif. - Ironwood State Prison (ISP) employees presented a check totaling $933.45 to Harmony Soup Kitchen in May.

Three Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups - Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, Alternatives to Violence, and I-4-Sight - raised the money to help the kitchen purchase a new refrigerator.

Imperial Valley News

Los Angeles, California - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the recipients of the inaugural Smart on Crime Awards for their excellence in working to reduce recidivism in California. The five awards were presented at a roundtable discussion that brought together partners from across the state to discuss innovative solutions to lowering recidivism rates in the state.

“These organizations are doing innovative work to educate, employ and keep ex-offenders on track, which will reduce recidivism rates and increase public safety in California,” said Attorney General Harris. “Today’s awardees are keeping ex-offenders accountable by empowering them to rebuild their lives and re-enter their communities with a toolbox of new skills and opportunities. We want to recognize their great work, sharing their efforts as best practices for others to follow.” 

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: I am looking for the story regarding the murder of Thomas Alan Posehn and another person, a female, on April 17, 1997. I understand the killer had an accomplice and they appealed.

Allen, Rancho Cordova

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A man accused of leading a tax fraud scheme while incarcerated at the California Correctional Center in Susanville has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Edwin Ludwig IV, 34, currently an inmate in an Oklahoma state prison, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento for conspiring to defraud the United States and for filing false claims for federal tax returns, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Ludwig was ordered to pay more than $219,000 in restitution.

89.3 KPCC‎

After declining for more than a decade, crime rates in Los Angeles were on the rise for the first half of the year, according to LAPD statistics released Wednesday.

Violent crimes including robberies and aggravated assaults jumped by 20.6 percent during the first six months of the year, compared with the first half of 2014. Property crimes, including burglaries and auto thefts, jumped by 10.9 percent.