Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Can an uncommon delivery method fast-track construction in California?
Russell Nichols, Comstock’s

Eighteen months. That’s how long it took to design and build the 1.2 million-square-foot California Health Care Facility near Stockton. Sound impossible? It was an aggressive effort involving numerous parties. The facility, completed in 2013 to house chronically ill inmates, was lauded for its sustainable design. But the speed of the process was the big deal.

“A half-a-billion dollar project constructed in 18 months? It was unheard of,” says Alan Korth, a justice practice segment leader at Dewberry Architects Inc. “It took a hell of a collaborative process. Big-room meetings. Designers created solutions right then and there. It was a thing of beauty.”

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Megan Burke and Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS

Brent King's life changed completely over an eight-day period in 2010.

"In those eight days where my daughter was missing and discovered," he said, "we saw the worst evil and we saw the most beauty."

The sexual assault and murder of Poway teenager Chelsea King five years ago is a crime many San Diegans will never forget.

Craig Tanber, CBS

WESTMINSTER, Calif. -- A California man described by prosecutors as a "white supremacist gang member" has been charged in a deadly stabbing outside a popular pub, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Craig Tanber, 37 is accused of killing 22-year-old Shayan Mazroei early in the morning on Sept. 8, in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Tony Dokoupil, MSNBC

Two large fires continue to scour Northern California, threatening a growing number of homes with fiery destruction. The massive natural disaster has sent thousands running toward the front lines in hopes of beating back the flames — but they’re not firefighters.

They’re inmates.

More than a third of California’s manpower on the fire line is drawn from the state’s overcrowded prison system, an army of about 3,800 of people, including some women and teens. They make $2 a day, bumped up to $2 an hour while they’re actually fighting fires — a wage that saves the state an estimated $80 million per year.

Josh Peter, USA TODAY

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Without a single family member or friend in the courtroom, Lawrence Phillips, the former star running back, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder charges in the death of his former cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison.

Phillips wore shackles and a prison-issued white uniform and mostly kept his eyes focused on Judge Michael G. Bush.

Josh Peter, USA TODAY

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The attorney representing Lawrence Phillips told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that the former star running back was acting in self-defense in death of Phillips’ former cellmate at Kern Valley (Calif.) State Prison.

“I think the evidence is going to prove that, that he had to defend himself to the death,’’ said T. Alan Rogers, a deputy public defender for Kern County. “He basically had no escape. And when you’re forced to defend yourself and subject to this violent environment with no one that can help you, you have to defend yourself.

REALIGNMENT

Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News

Monies from Los Angeles County inmates who owe restitution to their victims will now be collected by the county.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to collect up to 50 percent from inmates’ trust accounts from those inmates who have been ordered to pay restitution to their victims.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Timothy Williams, The New York Times

A survey of families that have a member in jail or prison has found that nearly two-thirds struggle to meet their basic needs, including 50 percent that are unable to afford sufficient food and adequate housing.

The report found that costs associated with incarceration, like traveling for prison visits, had pushed more than one-third of the families into debt. The research was conducted by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, Calif.; Forward Together; and more than a dozen community and civil rights organization that work with incarcerated people.