Thursday, September 17, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will honor 92 employees from across the state at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, during the 31st annual Medal of Valor Ceremony.

During the ceremony, three employees will be recognized with the highest award given by CDCR – the Medal of Valor.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

California prison officials are reducing the number of times they use a procedure known as "potty watches" and are getting better results, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday.

The process is used to recover drugs, weapons, cellphones and other contraband that inmates are believed to have swallowed or concealed in body cavities.


Seth Augenstein, Forensic Magazine

The prison inmate who has been behind bars for 35 years and repeatedly denied parole, at least partly because he continues to maintain his innocence, won a victory at the state appellate court earlier this month.

But Fred Swanigan is still behind bars – and won’t get out any time soon, his attorney told Forensic Magazine in an exclusive interview.


Craig Lally, LA Daily News

Those of us on the front lines of law enforcement have watched with growing concern as the 2009 federal court order to reduce the population of California’s prison system has stretched our already-overburdened parole system and led to rising crime rates.

Police officers were among the first to express dismay at the ruling and strongly opposed subsequent efforts to de-populate the prisons. We saw 2011’s AB 109 as a simple system for funneling prisoners to county jails and, ultimately, release, and we spoke out against Proposition 47 because we knew it would put many violent criminals back on our streets. Few heeded our warnings then, but the rising crime rates we now see in California are increasingly being tracked back to AB 109 and Proposition 47.


Katti Gray, CBS News

A year to the day after his baby brother was shot dead in a Kansas prairie town, German Villegas' best buddy in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michael J. Palacios, was killed by a bomb he'd been ordered to find and defuse.

"We were both on the list to search for explosives," Villegas recalled.

But it was Palacios who was ultimately dispatched that day in November 2012. "He got hit by a 200-pound IED," two months before both men were slated to go home, Villegas said.

Paul Joseph, KECO

The last work day at the Sayre prison is less than 60 days.

Correctional Corporation of America, CCA, owner of the Northfork Correctional Facility in Sayre, announced that due to the rate at which California is drawing down the inmate population at the Sayre facility, CCA has moved the last work day at the prison to November 14, 2015.