Thursday, July 23, 2015


Kern Golden Empire‎

DELANO, CA- A former state inmate who was held at Kern Valley State Prison says he was diagnosed with Valley Fever in October 2012 while incarcerated there and is now suing the state for hate crime because of it.

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles County ruled last week Glenn Towery can sue under the hate crime law.

Towery's attorney, Asahish Desai, says this is the first use of the state's hate crime law, known as the Bane Act, with respect to prison contracted Valley Fever.


Jamie McGee, The Tennessean

Prison lockdowns, solitary confinement, antiquated texts and computer labs. They are the common deterrents in a prison education program that Nashville entrepreneur Turner Nashe Jr. wants to make irrelevant when it comes to inmates pursuing degrees.

Nashe’s approach includes a mobile tablet that offers online courses to inmates. The tablet and his CorrectionEd learning system have been gaining traction with state correctional departments across the United States and will be used in more than 35 facilities by the fall.

Bek Phillips and Todd Guild, RegisterPajaronian

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Water conservation due to the drought shows a new face in California with correctional facilities being required to reduce usage by 25 percent — the most recent changes including restrictions on showers and toilet flushes.

“All state agencies were required to reduce water usage by 20 percent almost five years ago,” said Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “As the drought got worse, more restrictions were ordered and it was then we had to limit showers.”

by JailstoJobs      

An agreement signed this spring between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office will provide the first-ever funding to California community colleges for courses taught inside state prisons.

Beginning with four pilot project locations announced earlier this month, the effort is expected to greatly increase and expand California inmate access to higher education and offer incarcerated students an opportunity to earn degrees, certificates or the opportunity to eventually transfer to a four-year university.

By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore

STOCKTON — A federal court has found that a Stockton man’s civil rights were violated when California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation denied him employment because he had used a fake social security number in the past to work while he was undocumented.

Victor Guerrero, who became a U.S. citizen in 2011, applied for a correctional officer position twice after becoming a citizen, both times disclosing he had used a false social security number in a questionnaire, an answer that cut him from the eligibility list each time after having passed written and physical examinations.


Joe Goldeen, The Record

STOCKTON — Loren Geiger, the new chief executive at the Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Stockton’s oldest homeless shelter and services agency, has been placed on 30-day paid administrative leave after information surfaced that she has a prior criminal record.

That record includes multiple charges of embezzlement, primarily regarding the elderly, and a 2002 plea deal and conviction in San Joaquin County Superior Court that included a six-year prison sentence. Geiger served about two years and five months in state institutions, primarily the former Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla.


John Legend, TIME

President Obama's decision to commute the sentences of 46 low-level drug offenders is a positive step

This past Thursday, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison; just a few days earlier, he commuted the sentences of 46 low-level drug offenders. Both are steps forward in transforming our wrong-headed criminal justice system, but they are just that: steps. Our state and local governments must follow the president’s lead and transform our destructive “War on Drugs” into the public-health campaign it always should have been.