Thursday, October 22, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Richard Pérez-Peña, The New York Times

California has become the first state with a policy of providing sex reassignment surgery for some prison inmates, adopting a set of specific guidelines on what services it will provide to transgender prisoners, state officials and advocates for transgender people said.

The policy, which took effect this week, grew out of a pair of successful lawsuits filed by inmates. In one, a federal court in April ordered the state to provide surgery to a prisoner, which transgender advocates hailed as a landmark victory, but the inmate was paroled while that ruling was on appeal, making the point moot.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

KSBY

First responders are constantly having to sharpen their skills and Wednesday was no exception for emergency crews in San Luis Obispo County.

The San Luis Obispo Incident Management Team and several local agencies took part in a crude oil train derailment exercise at the California Men's Colony.

Matt Fountain, The Tribune

Members of several San Luis Obispo County and state agencies took part in a large-scale training exercise Wednesday morning simulating different scenarios related to a possible oil train derailment.

The San Luis Obispo County Incident Management Team completed different drills at California Men’s Colony and Camp San Luis Obispo, simulating responses to structure fires, a structural collapse, hazardous materials spill, wildfire and multi-casualty incident.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Marissa Lang, The San Francisco Chronicle

Inside a cell block at the oldest state prison in California, a felon is crafting a social media post to share with the world.

He might be writing about prison food (it’s not very good), why gangs form along racial lines (probably for protection), whether criminals get pardoned in California (not really) or what it feels like to murder someone.

Louis A. Scott, KALW

Guiding rage into power, or G.R.I.P., is a 52 week program for violent offenders at San Quentin. It teaches the men how to understand the impact they had on their victims, how to stop their violent behavior, cultivate mindfulness and develop emotional intelligence.

REALIGNMENT

Andre Byik, Chico Enterprise-Record

NOTE: The reporter has been informed that while this article describes challenges faced by locals, it fails to note that the state provides financial support, over and above money for jail construction.

Oroville - Butte County agencies have done a “commendable” job maintaining services and a stable recidivism rate following the implementation of Assembly Bill 109 despite the expected increase in workload, according to a recently released study.

Criminal offenders under formal probation after the state’s prison realignment bill went into effect in October 2011 were no more likely to be re-arrested than those under supervision before the bill’s implementation, according to the study conducted by Chico State University faculty and students.

Alex MacLean, The Union Democrat      

Law and justice officials in Tuolumne County are seeing success from programs intended to reintegrate high-risk offenders released from prison back into society, but there is some concern over whether the state will provide enough funding to sustain them in the coming years.

Meghan Boldemann, probation services analyst for the Tuolumne County Probation Department, told the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting that the county’s trust fund for programs related to Assembly Bill 109 is set to run out within about two or three years unless annual funding is increased 25 to 30 percent.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Dumanis joins criminal justice reform campaign, to meet with Obama today
Kristina Davis, The San Diego Union Tribune

About 100 law enforcement leaders including District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis gathered in the nation’s capitol Wednesday to announce a joint effort to reduce the number of people being put behind bars.

The newly-formed Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration issued a report Wednesday outlining its vision and recommendations, from providing more diversion programs for mental illness and substance abuse to reducing some low-level, nonviolent crimes to misdemeanors.

Aviva Stahl, VICE

On Friday, the prison pen pal organization Black & Pink released the results of what is being billing as the largest-ever survey of LGBT people behind bars. The report, "Coming Out of Concrete Closets," provides a detailed, data-driven account of the experiences of LGBT prisoners—which apparently include endemic physical and sexual violence, limited access to gender-affirming care, and months and even years spent in solitary confinement.

"I was raped in 2007 by another prisoner, and placed on self-harm observation status because I was feeling suicidal," wrote one respondent. "The guard assigned to observe entered my cell after turning the security camera off and coerced me to perform oral sex on him. He promised to protect me, and gave me food and tobacco products."