Monday, August 24, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

Note: The U.S. District Judge’s name is incorrect in this story, her correct name is Kimberly Mueller.

California must explain to a federal judge why state prisons again have a backlog of seriously mentally ill prisoners waiting for inpatient care while there are hundreds of empty beds at a state psychiatric hospital.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Mueller on Friday gave the state 30 days to address problems that were to have been corrected under court orders five years ago.

Matt Williams, Techwire

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has appointed Paul Smith deputy director at Enterprise Information Services, with responsibility over Enterprise Applications and Maintenance Support. Most recently, Smith was the program director of CDCR’s Business.

Mia Bird, Amy Lerman, Public CEO

This month, the Obama administration unveiled a pilot program to allow access to Pell Grants to those incarcerated in state or federal prison. In addition to expanding access to higher education, this program presents a new opportunity to leverage federal dollars to improve public safety and generate savings in the form of reduced correctional costs.

The federal program complements a bill passed last fall by the California Legislature aimed at increasing educational programming to prison inmates. Authored by State Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), SB 1391 allocates $2 million to create and fund higher education programs for inmates in four pilot sites, under the leadership of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Stewart Sallo, The Huffington Post

The note with a subject line "The Q - Summer Prison Baseball" came out of, shall we say, left field, right after New Year's.

Guys,

Each year we play a doubleheader at The Q and I'm organizing the trip this year.

We usually fly in Friday night, play a doubleheader of real baseball on Saturday and head home Sunday morning.

Laura Newell, The Folsom Telegraph

After nearly 10 years of planning, locals and tourists will soon be able to visit a new, state-of-the-art museum filled with artifacts highlighting Folsom Prison.

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, in partnership with the Old Guard Foundation, thanked Governor Jerry Brown for his decision to sign Assembly Bill 166, which will create the opportunity to build the new museum honoring the history of California’s correction officers and highlighting the history behind California prisons, with an emphasis on Folsom Prison.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

For some incarcerated women, their sentence is an opportunity to make a dramatic change.
Anna Rumer, The Desert Sun

Looking at Danielle Barcheers, it's impossible to imagine her as a killer.

The perky 34-year-old often wears a smile and makes repeated apologies for the "mess" in her spotless cell. She comes off like a beam of light amid the 1,640 women serving time at the California Institution for Women in northern Corona.

She's come a long way. In 1997, 15-year-old Barcheers became the youngest girl in California at the time to be tried and convicted as an adult after helping murder her boyfriend's grandmother.

Matthew Speiser, Business Insider

More than 10,000 firefighters have been battling California's massive wildfires, a significant portion of whom are inmates taking part in the Conservation Camp run by the state's corrections department.

The inmates live outside the prisons in "conservation camps" with fellow inmates in the program, all of whom are nonviolent offenders. They receive 64 hours of training before being put to work for $1 an hour.

Kimberly Adams, Marketplace

Ten western states and the federal government are struggling to contain wildfires, but they are running short on firefighters. The National Guard is participating, and some active-duty military are getting last-minute training to join by Sunday.

Tina Boehle, a public information officer at the National Interagency Fire Center, says smoke is even clogging the air near their headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Eight offenders were visited during the Thursday operation.
Susan C. Schena, Patch

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people on Thursday during sex registrant compliance checks.

On Thursday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau, Solano County Probation Department, and the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Parole joined efforts to conduct compliance checks on sex registrants located in Solano County.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Marisa Lagos, KQED

On a recent morning, Sholanda Jackson dropped off her 8-year-old son at drum lessons before heading into work at an Oakland nonprofit.

It sounds like a routine day for a mom — and it is. But for Jackson, it’s also  a remarkable turnaround: She spent her 20s addicted to crack and in and out of prison 13 times.