Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Daily Corrections Clips


Alicia Menendez, Ashley Louszko and Lauren Effron, Nightline

As valedictorian of his graduating class, 26-year-old Sean Wilson was beaming as he got in line with about 100 other men to receive his college diploma.

But this wasn’t a typical college graduation.

Wilson and his fellow classmates are all convicts, serving time at California’s Ironwood State Prison, and this graduation ceremony was held behind bars with correction officers watching close by.

The Fresno Bee

The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections has accredited seven more California prisons, bringing the total number accredited to 23.

The latest to be accredited: Avenal State Prison; California State Prison-Corcoran, California Medical Facility, California Men’s Colony near San Luis Obispo, California State Prison Los Angeles County, San Quentin State Prison, and Salinas Valley State Prison. All met all mandatory requirements and significantly exceeded the 90 percent mark for non-mandatory items.


Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

Every person in prison has a story.

The Solano Vision, a newspaper produced by inmates at California State Prison, Solano, wants to encourage their peers to tell those stories.

“A prison newspaper gives people who generally don’t have a voice, a voice,” said inmate Cole Bienek, the Vision’s Editor-in-Chief.


STOCKTON (CBS13) — Inmates doing time in a Stockton prison have a new job behind bars—puppy training.

Cody and Simon will be doing 16 to 18 months in prison. They aren’t inmates, they’re puppies who will be getting obedience training from seven inmates selected for their good behavior.

Cassie Carlisle, abc 23 News

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In the heat of the fire season, inmate crews are helping all over the state, but with Prop 47 and AB 109, the pool is shrinking.

"About 4,000 inmates have been paroled or released from prison after the courts re-sentenced them to misdemeanors," Bill Sessa, Spokesman for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said in relation to Prop 47.


Michael Martinez, CNN

(CNN) - Charles Manson associate Bruce Davis, serving a life sentence for two murders, will seek his fourth positive recommendation for parole in five years at a hearing Thursday.

Davis, 72, had won three recommendations for release from the California parole board every time he appeared before the panel since 2010, but all three decisions were later reversed by California governors.


Joe Nelson, The Sun

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $10.8 million contract with the state to expand a treatment program for mentally ill inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga to include inmates from other counties across California.

Under its contract with the Department of State Hospitals, West Valley’s Jail Based Competency Treatment Program, tailored to restore mental competency to inmates so they can stand trial for the crimes in which they are accused, would expand from 20 to 96 beds and allow mentally ill inmates from Los Angeles County and other California counties that do not offer such a program to receive treatment.

Kevin Mccallum, The Press Democrat

Gary Armitage, the former Santa Rosa investment adviser convicted in 2013 of swindling hundreds of North Coast residents out of their retirement funds, was released from prison last month after serving only a portion of his 10-year sentence.

Armitage, now 65, was released from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran near Visalia on July 22, and is now under the supervision of the Sonoma County Probation Department, said Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections.

East Bay advocates want juvenile jails to stop isolating inmates — but correction officials continue to argue that the questionable tactic is essential to control "dangerous" kids.
Sam Levin, East Bay Express

In 1995, when he was two-and-a-half years old, DeAngelo Cortijo witnessed his mother attempt suicide. After that, he lived in a shelter and eventually ended up in long-term foster care. By age seven, he was regularly acting out in class, and on one particularly bad day when he was ten years old, he locked himself in a van on the way back to a group home, he recalled. That behavior landed Cortijo in San Francisco Juvenile Hall, where he soon got in altercations with other youth.

Faced with a number of childhood traumas, persistent gang violence in the neighborhoods he lived in, and a lack of stability and support at home, Cortijo ended up spending a significant amount of time in the juvenile detention facility during the next seven years. By age seventeen, he had spent a total of 882 days behind bars in San Francisco for a range of offenses — and subsequently spent roughly two more years in the state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), which houses youth convicted of serious offenses.