Friday, September 25, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Three correctional officers and an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom were treated for injuries sustained in assaults by inmates Thursday morning.

About 10:15 a.m., two inmates in Facility C, one of the prison’s high-security general population yards, began stabbing another with an inmate-manufactured weapon, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. As officers attempted to stop the attack, another inmate refused an order to drop to the ground and blocked the officers from responding to the area. The officers were able to subdue the inmate who blocked them and stopped the attack, officials said.

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge approved a statewide agreement between California prison officials and inmates’ advocates Thursday prohibiting the prisons from locking down prisoners — confining them to their cells, and denying access to exercise and other programs — based on their race.

A lawsuit filed in 2011 accused the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of violating constitutional prohibitions on racial discrimination and arbitrary race-based lock downs after incidents or threats of violence. The practice had been going on for a decade and was used hundreds of times a year, said attorney Rebekah Evenson of the nonprofit Prison Law Office.


Since August, inmates at Pelican Bay state prison say they have been awoken every half hour by guards in a practice that amounts to sleep deprivation
Halima Kazem, The Guardian

Less than a month after inmates at a California maximum security prison reached a landmark settlement to curb decades-long solitary confinement, inmates and their advocates are protesting against another new policy that they say is subjecting them to inhumane treatment.

Since August, inmates at Pelican Bay state prison say they have been awoken every half-hour by prison guards in a practice that amounts to sleep deprivation.

The policy, known as security and welfare checks, requires prison guards to check on inmates in segregated housing, including solitary confinement cells, every 30 minutes to make sure they are not injuring themselves or trying to kill themselves.

Akira Olivia Kumamoto, Oakland North

It was a hot day in downtown Oakland, and beads of sweat trickled down protestors’ faces as they passed out pamphlets and set up a handmade cloth sign that read “End Long-term Solitary Confinement” in front of the Elihu M. Harris State Building.

On Wednesday, members of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition (PHSS) spent hours rallying in the heat to protest the new welfare check procedures in security housing units (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison. Welfare checks at prisons are routine walk-arounds by guards in inmate areas. Each inmate is visually monitored many times a day to insure that they are mentally stable and are not harming themselves. But members of the coalition claim the routines that have been recently implemented in the SHU at Pelican Bay are unethical because they believe the noise caused by the checks keeps inmates awake at night. “We’re very concerned about the wellness checks and we’re trying to figure out what we can do to stop that practice,” said Carol Strickman, staff attorney at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and a member of the group.


Kyle Harding kharding, Lompoc Record

A Santa Maria woman pleaded guilty Monday to accessory after the fact to murder for a 2014 shooting that prosecutors say was ordered by an imprisoned gang leader.

Yesenia Granados, 25, was accused of disposing of evidence after Javier Alcanter Limon, 37, was shot to death. She also admitted to a criminal street gang allegation. She was sentenced to five years in prison the same day.


Adizah Eghan, KQED News

Last year, Irene Soto visited her son, Robert Perez, at Calipatria State Prison for the first time. She had never been to a prison before.

“It was scary,” she says, sitting in the living room of her San Jose home, surrounded by pictures of her son. “It was a nine-hour drive down south — literally 10 minutes to the Mexican border.”

“I had to go through these detectors and you gotta take off your earrings,” she says. “You can’t wear certain clothes. If it beeps you gotta come out and they gotta do a body inspection. It’s humiliating, it’s degrading. They treat you like we’re the criminals.”

R.W. Dellinger, Angelus News

When Sister Mary Sean Hodges parks her metallic blue Prius in front of the aging three-story Victorian-like mansion a little before 8 o’clock, six men are already inside the front room working. The former “lifers” and long-serving prisoners are part of the Partnership for Re-Entry Program (PREP), which the Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose started in May 2002.

“Good morning, Sister Mary,” says Tim, sitting at the front desk opening an envelope. The stuffy room with the old-house smell was not made for six work stations plus a copy machine and small refrigerator.