Friday, October 16, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's corrections chief is defending the state's use of inmates with violent pasts to fight drought-fueled wildfires, while promising to mend relations with critics who fear the prisoners create a public safety danger.

"This is not the time to do any retrenching with the fires we've been having — and there's no need to do any retrenching because there haven't been any problems," Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said.


'Hurt people hurt people is not a new concept', said one prisoner at the notorious Californian jail.
Hardeep Matharu, Independent

Inmates at one of America’s most notorious prisons have spoken of what it feels like to murder someone.

Murderers incarcerated at the infamous San Quentin jail in California shared their reflections on their crimes as part of The Last Mile, a rehabilitative programme enabling some of its inmates to blog and communicate on social media platforms such as Twitter.

Mother aches for victim's family, but says more awareness of mental illness needed
Jerry Olenyn, KRCR

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico mother, whose son was convicted of second degree murder in 2004, maintains her belief that Donovan Phipps was mentally ill when he drove through a red light killing 21-year-old Juan Carlos Lugo at the Esplanade and First Avenue.

"He ended up becoming quite psychotic," said Colleen Phipps, who visits her son twice a year at the Salinas Valley State Prison, where her son has completed serving 12 years of a 32-year-to-life sentence.


Brandon Castillo, KION

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A California law is helping some inmates avoid time behind bars.

Officials say it's an effort to help with prison overcrowding, something the Central Coast deals with.

"I didn't obey the law, I committed a crime of embezzlement,” said Santa Cruz County inmate Crystal Gilbert.