Thursday, September 10, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Sam Hearnes used to be a gang member. Now he’s pitching a startup to venture capitalists. 
From inside California’s San Quentin State Prison.

On a recent sunny day 20 miles north of San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood–home to many of the region’s tech startups–Hearnes cleared his throat before a crowd of investors. 

“If your child went missing today, law enforcement would not be able to rally people instantly,” he said. But in the case of abductions, “time is what makes the difference between life and death.”

Prison continues to battle outbreak
Chris Rooney, Marinscope
Note: San Quentin has resumed normal recreational yard program, meals and housing unit showers for all inmates.

 San Quentin Prison officials announced that updates would only be forthcoming “if there is a significant development in the investigation or in the number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease,” but there has been some reported progress in the case.

One inmate was diagnosed Wed., Aug. 26 with Legionnaires’ — a severe type of pneumonia. Within days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported there were six confirmed cases.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in Northern California has ordered the state to let men participate in a prison rehabilitation program aimed at reuniting female inmates with their children.

A Sacramento federal judge ruled Wednesday that an early-release program for female inmates in California’s prisons is unconstitutional and must be expanded to include male inmates.

“When the state draws a line between two classes of persons, and denies one of those classes a right as fundamental as physical freedom, that action survives equal protection review only if the state has a sufficient justification for the classification. Here, the state does not,” U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. declared in a 35-page order.

Jail to house transgender inmates with preferred gender
Jonah Owen Lamb, San Francisco Examiner

The San Francisco County Jail by year’s end will be the nation’s first county jail to allow transgender people to be housed with their gender preference, according to Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who is up for reelection this fall.

The move will start in weeks by taking transgender individuals to the women’s jail to attend classes. By the end of this year, each transgender inmate’s housing location will be decided on a case-by-case basis.


A man who was being sought for absconding from parole when he shot a parole agent in the face in Lake View Terrace was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 200 years to life in state prison.

Steven Hoff, 46, was convicted July 20 of two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.