Monday, October 26, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Inspectors: North Kern State Prison inmates not getting proper care

By Associated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Inspectors say medical services at a second California state prison are still inadequate after years of federal oversight.

The state inspector general reported Friday that patient care at North Kern State Prison remains below acceptable levels. The prison houses about 4,300 medium and minimum security inmates in Delano, about 30 miles north of Bakersfield.


By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton

California’s prison system has been plagued by inmate suicides for years, a problem so persistent that a Sacramento federal judge has required regular reports on the deaths of every inmate who ends their own life and a review of how it happened.

This week, a reminder of the scope of the problem was served up in federal court, when the state agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Robert St. Jovite, a prisoner who hanged himself with a bed sheet nearly a decade ago.

Ruling upholds extra prison time for felon who laughed during sentencing

By Maura Dolan

Ramon Ochoa, 40, learned that lesson while appearing in Fresno before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill.

Sentenced to nearly six years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, Ochoa was serving an additional three years on supervised release.


Six thousand inmates will start to be released in November after scores of 'War on Drugs sentences are quashed

By Regina F. Graham

Thanks to new sentencing guidelines, about 6,000 federal drug felons will be released early from prisons across the country starting November.
A total of 4,131 are destined for various points in the country, while the rest are expected to be deported. 

US Police Leaders Say Prisons Are Overcrowded, Call for Reforms
The New York Times-NBC

Over 130 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors across the United States are the latest to add their voices to the movement demanding reforms to the country's criminal justice system. The officials announced Wednesday the creation of a new coalition that will, among other things, push to end mass incarcerations in the country.                

The group, who call themselves the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, is made up of officials from across the country, including some of the nation's highest-profile officials from Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.