Monday, September 28, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


By California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
SACRAMENTO—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. 

By David Grieder, The Triplicate
Pelican Bay State Prison was among several sites across the country to see coordinated demonstrations Wednesday protesting solitary confinement. 
Lawyers, activists, and family members gathered outside Crescent City’s state supermax prison to protest a recently implemented Inmate Welfare Check System, which they say amounts only to sleep deprivation torture. 


By Francie Diep

It's fire season in the American West. For California, that means drawing on thousands of low-level felons to fill its firefighting ranks. The inmates-as-firefighters practice has gained some public attention in recent years, bringing a new dimension to the discussion about whether the current system of inmate labor is fair.
In our March/April issue, writer Graeme Wood reported from Colorado Correctional Industries, a complex in Cañon City where prisoners pick blackberries, farm tilapia, make furniture, and perform other forms of manual labor. The fruits of these labors are often sold to consumers throughout the United States. "If you have profited from the work of a person in chains, you almost certainly don't know about it," Wood writes. "And by keeping the products unlabeled and unnoticed, prison labor systems all over the country have skirted uproar over whether prison labor is fair and just."

Court rules for California inmate in behavior-credits fight

By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says California cannot apply a state law denying certain prison inmates credit for good behavior retroactively.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday extending the law to inmates whose crimes preceded it would result in an unconstitutional extension of their prison terms.

Inmate Murder Suspect Lawrence Phillips Gets 1.4 Million From NFL

By: WOWT 6 News

Former Husker and current California prison inmate Lawrence Phillips, facing a first-degree murder charge for allegedly strangling his cellmate in April, is again a millionaire.
USA Today reports that Phillips is trying to retain a lawyer using money from a recent settlement with the NFL regarding concussions. He's one of 21,000 former players tied to a $900 million settlement. Phillips, who's receiving roughly $1.4 million, is expected to use the money to mount a legal defense. Until now, he's been using a public defender after money from his playing days had nearly all but dried up.
The 40-year-old Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.
Phillips was one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska from 1993 to 1995 and later played for the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers during a three-year NFL career.
Phillips is already serving a sentence of more than 31 years for choking his girlfriend and later driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game.
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POLICE PURSUITS: Suspect shot by deputy in copter no stranger to police chases


He had been down this road before.
For all the drama of the high-speed chase that culminated in the recent fatal shooting of home invasion robbery suspect Nicholas Alan Johnson from the air, he was no stranger to the police pursuit.


Prison cellphones: 'They're for power, money, and gangs'

By Rhonda Cook and Bill Rankin
Guards found the dead tomcat last summer, lying between two fences that separate inmates at Phillips State Prison in Buford from the outside world.
Curiously, the cat's belly had been stitched together, so suspicious prison officials took a closer look. Inside the animal, they found eight cellphones. Someone had tried to toss the dead feline over both fences, but the throw fell short.

By Eric Nusbaum

"Handball was my best friend in prison," says Franky Carrillo. He's standing in the shade of a tall tree in a quiet park. We're in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles, a few feet from an empty handball court and a long way from the wide open yard at Folsom State Prison, where Franky served a long stretch of his 20 years in the California correctional system.
While we spoke, a teacher pulled a group of preschoolers down the sidewalk on a wagon, and Franky turned, mid-conversation, to wave and say hi. He and his friend Carlos Cervantes had spent the afternoon demonstrating the simple, subtle, and deeply meaningful game of prison handball.