Monday, October 19, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Should sex offenders face restrictions on Halloween?

By Dana Littlefield

On Halloween night, children dressed as ghosts, goblins and all manner of superhero are free to roam neighborhoods in search of candy and a little holiday-inspired mischief.

As a safety measure, state authorities impose special Halloween restrictions on sex offender parolees living in their respective communities, barring them from putting up decorations or passing out treats

News Report

On August 20, 2015, a federal judge ordered the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) to explain why the state has a waiting list for inpatient treatment for prisoners with serious mental illness even though 250 beds at Atascadero State Hospital remain open. The report is due by October 30, 2015.

Brown Signs Legislation Expanding Alternative Custody Program
By Paul V. Scholl

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Monday morning, Governor Brown supported family reunification by signing SB 219, regarding the Alternative Custody Program, into law. Authored by Senator Carol Liu (D-La CaƱada, Flintridge), the bill expands access to the Alternative Custody Program (ACP), which currently allows eligible incarcerated people to finish their sentences outside of prisons in order to care for their families.
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a statewide coalition of over 70 organizations working to reduce the number of people in prison and the number of prisons and jails in the state, co-sponsored the legislation, with member organization Justice Now, a legal advocacy organization that works with people in women’s prisons, leading the charge.


Here's the prison Mark Zuckerberg visited that teaches inmates how to code

By Lyanne Alfaro

Just last week, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, visited San Quentin, a prison near Silicon Valley that teaches some of its inmates how to code. 
This visit comes after he read Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow," which details the relationship between the "war on drugs," racism, and mass incarceration in the US. Zuckerberg went to San Quentin to see what "prison conditions are like for people," he wrote in Facebook post. 

Prison needs a better heat wave solution

By San Diego Union-Tribune

So Donovan Correctional Center was built without air conditioning for inmates or staff ("Heat waves pose risk at prison, inmates say," Oct. 5).
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa comments that they "are encouraged to take more and longer showers to cool off and prevent heat stress."