Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips



After years of federal oversight, medical services at a California state prison still fail to meet constitutional standards, according to an inspection released Monday.

Care provided to nearly 4,000 inmates at California Correctional Center in Susanville is inadequate, the state inspector general said. The report blames the prison's remote location in northeastern California for a lack of doctors.

It is a setback for the state's efforts to regain control of the prison medical system, as it's the first failing grade since the prison inspections began this year.


Orange County lawmakers are having trouble deciding how to effectively oversee the O.C. Sheriff's Department and District Attorney's Office. The Orange County Board of Supervisors Monday will discuss hiring a consultant to help them out. 

The proposal in question would enter the county into a $10,000 per month contract with attorney Michael Gennaco through the end of the year.  He would attend meetings on developing a new police oversight model for the county, offer advice, and help draft related ordinances and policies.


I Hung Out With the Prisoners Who Fight California's Wildfires
"It's more unity here than it would be in the yard because we've gotta work together."
Julia Lurie

On the main road through Lower Lake, a town of 1,294 people in the heart of Northern California's Lake County, spray-painted signs reading, "THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!" hang from fences and windows. Over the past month, the town, just north of Napa's vineyards and south of the forests of Mendocino, has seen two of the biggest fires in the state's recent history decimate roughly 70,00 acres of land. 

The fires are mostly out now, but in recent media coverage of them, a surprising statistic came out: More than 30 percent of California's wildfire fighters are state prisoners—low-level felons who volunteered to spend their sentences doing the manual labor of forest fire prevention and response rather than remaining behind bars.

Puppies in prison
Inmates serve crucial first step in training service dogs
Almendra Carpizo

STOCKTON — Kevin Johnson had been searching for a meaning — a way to make a difference and atone for his crimes while behind bars.

And a few weeks ago, he found it — he is one of seven California Health Care Facility general population inmates chosen to participate in the prison’s new puppy raising program. 

Johnson, who is 45 and is serving eight years for attempted murder, said “he prayed about it and got accepted.”

The California Health Care Facility partnered with Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit dedicated to training and donating service dogs, to bring in puppies to be trained by inmates and ultimately go out to serve people with disabilities, Warden Brian Duffy said during a weekly training session at the south Stockton facility off Austin Road.


The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.

This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails. It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.

But as crime statistics for the first half of this year pour in from around the state, this measure looks worse and worse, on balance. The numbers are bearing out warnings Proposition 47 opponents made in their official ballot argument against the initiative before it passed by a whopping 60-40 percent margin.


SACRAMENTO -- Several wild horses are now in homes thanks to inmates at a Sacramento County jail.

The Sacramento Bee reports seven mustangs were adopted Saturday, one for a high bid of $600, at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta. The horses were trained by inmates at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

The Bureau of Land Management has placed about two dozen wild horses with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department