Friday, September 11, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

KSBY

The California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo is launching a dog training program for its inmates.

The prison is partnering with Karma Rescue for the program. Inmates will train rescue dogs and prepare them for adoption.

Cinthia Loera, The Renegade Rip

A majority of the students attending Bakersfield College are doing so for their own personal reasons, whether it is to transfer to a four-year university or get a two-year degree to aim for a better job.

Now, what if certain students were told they could not receive the same educational experience as the rest of those on campus due to the fact that they were living in a unique location that separated them from a majority of the average college students? This was the situation inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano were in before last September, which was when the California state governor passed a bill that allows community colleges to receive appropriations for having closed courses inside the prisons.

Seth Ferranti, VICE

Last week, California settled a class-action lawsuit brought by inmates alleging heinous abuses of solitary confinement in the state prison system. Spearheaded by a jailhouse lawyer and alleged Aryan Brotherhood gang member named Todd Ashker, the suit focused on how anyone even suspected of being in a gang could be locked in solitary—a.k.a. "the hole"—indefinitely, often for years at a time. Now the state will limit use of solitary to prisoners who commit egregious crimes or can legitimately be suspected of endangering other inmates, and there are rules to prevent inmates from spending absurd amounts of time in hellishly close quarters.

Current and former inmates are psyched about the victory—which still has to receive final approval from a judge—even as they're haunted by time spent in security housing units (SHUs), the official moniker for the hole.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Shay Little, KRCR News

RED BLUFF, Calif. - A parolee was back behind bars after Red Bluff police said they found him with meth and a stolen gun.

William Bishop, 42, was arrested during a traffic stop late Wednesday in Red Bluff.

A Red Bluff police officer pulled over a car in the 700 block of Luther Road at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday.

KERO News

Kern County Sheriff's officials says The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Robert Phillips.

KCSO  officials said Phillips is a registered sex offender and parolee at large. He has a previous conviction for child molestation.

Phillips has numerous tattoos on his upper body and neck.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Matt Fountain, The Tribune

The U.S. Marshals Office says the hunt for an inmate who was convicted in San Luis Obispo but escaped from a transport unit while traveling back to prison from a court hearing in another state has now gone nationwide.

Joshua Lee Drinnon, 35, was convicted in 2012 for a Morro Bay armed robbery and was serving his 17-year sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego when he escaped from guards during a pit stop on Interstate 80 outside of Princeton, Ill., on Sept. 2.

DEATH PENALTY

Adam Lidgett, International Business Times

In a system plagued by delays that can last decades, getting sentenced to death in California is tantamount to serving a life sentence fraught with the uncertain threat of execution, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last year. That constant tension violates the U.S. Constitution's Eight Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment, the judge determined, because prisoners are never sure whether they would live or be executed.

The ruling has thrust the nation's largest death row to the forefront of a national debate on whether the U.S.' costly capital punishment system violates human rights. California officials have asked a federal appeals panel to overturn the 2014 court ruling, but if the federal judges determine the state's death penalty system is unconstitutional, it could lead to the reprieve of the more than 740 people on death row or at least an overhaul of the system to correct its problems. The case could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where a decision on the constitutionality of the death penalty would have national legal implications as more states debate the legal and human costs of capital punishment.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

James Queally, The Los Angeles Times

By the end of the year, San Francisco's county jails will be among the first in the nation to house transgender inmates by their gender preference, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said Thursday.

Currently, San Francisco County puts transgender inmates in an isolated wing of its downtown jail facility. But under the policy announced Thursday, Mirkarimi said, he hopes to have transgender inmates living with their preferred population before 2016.

Ryan Chalk, The Reporter

Pain from job-related injuries a former state prison worker claimed left him unable to work did not stop him from keeping his hobbies of performing in local theater and playing weekly basketball games, according to testimony Wednesday in Solano County Superior Court.

For a second day, prosecutors presented evidence in the jury trial for Hosea Morgan, a retired San Quentin State Prison counselor and Vallejo resident. Prosecutors allege Morgan committed several acts of fraud and grand theft related to a pair of worker’s compensation claims filed in 2009.