Thursday, September 24, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


J.W. Burch IV, The Bakersfield Californian‎

The first time the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation distributed funds for its Innovative Programming Grant program, inmates in prisons throughout the state were offered classes in art, theater, literacy and technology.

Now, following reports of the program’s success, a second round of the special funding was announced Wednesday by the CDCR.

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will be awarding a second round of grants meant to boost innovative programs and increase volunteerism in prisons.

Earlier this year, a first round of grants totally $2.5 million was provided to volunteers and non-profit organizations already operating a rehabilitation program in a California prison and expanded those programs to prisons that do not have the same levels of volunteer service in the area.

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Kevin Walkow, 30, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief of legislative affairs for juvenile operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been an attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs since 2014. Walkow was an associate at Best, Best and Krieger LLP in 2013, where he was a summer associate in 2011. Walkow was a law clerk in the Legislative Office at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in 2010, a legislative aide in the Office of California State Senator David Cogdill from 2008 until 2009 and a California State Senate Fellow from 2007 to 2008. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $85,056. Walkow is registered without party preference.


Andrea Castillo, The Fresno Bee

Copper thieves in Coalinga chopped down seven wooden power poles, causing $50,000 in damage and power outages to dozens of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers.

On Sept. 17, a PG&E worker was alerted that electricity in the area of Calaveras and Palmer avenues had been interrupted. The worker found the downed power poles and determined 5,000 feet of copper wire had been stolen. Copper had also been taken from a transformer.

The crime occurred near a well pump station. The lines from the downed poles deliver power and allow water to be transferred from the station to Pleasant Valley State Prison and Coalinga State Hospital. A prison spokesperson could not be reached for comment. Judging by power outage reports from dozens of customers, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office believes the crime happened around 12:30 a.m.


Vanessa Barford BBC News

For months, thousands of firefighters have been battling raging wildfires in the tinder-dry forests of drought-stricken California. Most are employees of the state's fire service, but more than a third are prisoners, who earn money and early release in return for doing an exhausting, dirty and dangerous job.

When painter Henry Cruz was sent to San Quentin prison three years ago, for a crime he doesn't want to talk about, he never thought he would spend part of his sentence fighting fires. But that's what he has been doing for the past 18 months.


SYLMAR, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A manhunt is underway in Sylmar after an inmate escaped from a prison camp.

Jesse Diaz was being held at Holton Conservation Camp in the 12600 block of Little Tujunga Canyon Road.


Greg Yee, Press-Telegram

NOTE: The reporter has acknowledged that the headline is inaccurate and will be changed.

Audrey Stewart couldn’t sleep Tuesday night, not after the phone call.

Fourteen years ago her son’s killer was sentenced to serve 20-years to life in state prison. He was released Wednesday. The Long Beach resident found out the night before.

“I don’t drink, so I prayed myself to sleep,” Stewart said. “I slept three hours.”


Kaleigh Rogers, MotherBoard

VICE is exploring America's prison system in the week leading up to our special report with President Obama for HBO. Tune in Sunday, September 27, at 9 PM EST, to see his historic first-ever presidential visit to a federal prison.

Prison food doesn’t exactly call to mind the most appetizing of cuisine. Anyone who’s watched an episode of Oz or Orange Is the New Black can imagine the unappealing dishes served to our country’s convicts: a single slice of bologna on two pieces of dry bread, nondescript mystery meats swimming in a gravy-like goop, limp iceberg lettuce with a drizzle of sour salad dressing. But imagine mixing all those meals together, mushing them into a loaf, adding in some raisins, baking it, and then eating it. Sound like torture? Well, that’s kind of the point.