Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Lassen County Times

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 —Celebrating eight years and about 382 adopted dogs, the Pups and Parole program recognized its achievement.
    The program, which is run by the Lassen Humane Society and the California Correctional Center, partners dogs from the Lassen County Animal Shelter with the firefighting inmates at the California Correctional Center.
    According to Mary Morphis from the Lassen Humane Society, the program allows for seven dogs at a time. They are picked up from the Lassen County Animal Shelter when a spot opens up and are then tested on their social skills.


By Associated Press

More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the administration's new Second Chance Pell Pilot program during a visit Friday to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland.

"America is a nation of second chances," Duncan said. "Giving people who have made mistakes in their lives a chance to get back on track and become contributing members of society is fundamental to who we are. It can also be a cost-saver for taxpayers."

The Guardian

In the visiting room at San Quentin state penitentiary, 25 miles north of San Francisco, Lady Jae Clark looks around the room. “You see,” she says, “everyone is looking at us.”

The large space is filled with inmates and their families. Everyone is talking, playing card games, and eating food from the vending machines. Because San

Quentin is a men’s prison, the inmates are all men – except for Lady Jae, who has been in the prison system for more than 20 years.

In 1993, Craig Haney, a social psychologist, interviewed a group of inmates in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s toughest penal institution.

He was studying the psychological effects of isolation on prisoners, and Pelican Bay was among the first of a new breed of super-maximum-security prisons that states around the country were beginning to build.

Twenty years later, he returned to the prison for another set of interviews. He was startled to find himself facing some of the same prisoners he had met before, inmates who now had spent more than two decades alone in windowless cells.