Monday, October 5, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Parole Eased for 18 to 23-Year-Olds Convicted of Serious Crimes
Human Rights Watch

(Sacramento) – A landmark California law giving thousands of young adult offenders the chance to earn parole recognizes their potential to mature and rebuild their lives, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 3, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 261, which will make over 12,000 prisoners in California eligible for relief.

“California’s new law acknowledges that young adults who have done wrong are still developing in ways that makes a real turnaround possible,” said Elizabeth Calvin, senior children’s rights advocate at Human Rights Watch. “This law gives imprisoned young offenders hope and the motivation to work hard toward parole.”
In 2014, California established a youth offender parole process for people who were under 18 at the time of a crime but who were tried as an adult and sentenced to an adult prison term. That law provides the possibility of earlier parole for several thousand young offenders currently in California prisons, and approximately 250 have been found suitable for parole thus far. The new law extends eligibility under the 2014 statute from age 18 at the time of the crime to 22.


Mary Pilon, VICE

On a recent Wednesday morning at California's San Quentin State Prison, 23 inmates sat before refurbished computers disconnected from the internet building websites and mobile apps. They worked not far from the more than 700 men being held on death row, just west of the old brick "dungeon" and gas chamber, and in the same facility where Johnny Cash played in 1969. Jonathan Gripshover, a bearded instructor who stood out against the sea of denim, circulated through the halogen-lit room. Organizers claim that the class he was leading, which is called Code.7370 and is a project of the nonprofit the Last Mile, is the first-ever in-prison coding program in the country. In January, the inmates will become part of Silicon Valley's latest experimental employment arrangement when the Last Mile launches a program that will have them doing actual entry-level front-end coding work for companies on the outside. Through the arrangement, prisoners will earn $15 to 20 an hour, wages organizers say are comparable with those given to interns performing similar work. The program promises to be a modern-day foray beyond traditional prison jobs and a rare bridge between the technorati of the Bay Area and those living behind bars just next door.

Chelcey Adami, The Californian

Salinas Valley State Prison officials are investigating the death of inmate Monday as a homicide.

On Monday morning, custody staff conducting security checks found inmate Pedro M. Aguilar unresponsive in his cell, and he was pronounced dead at 9:05 a.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune

There’s no easy in hard time.

Prison is supposed to be unpleasant and uncomfortable, a deterrent for people who veer from the straight and narrow. But when temperatures rise across San Diego County, as they have at record highs this year, the heat climbs even higher inside the concrete cells at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

“It’s pretty bad,” said Nathaniel Regalado, who has about 20 months remaining on a 13-year sentence for armed robbery. “Every morning I have to wash my sheets. I’m just covered in sweat, every part of my body.”


Erin Tracy, The Modesto Bee

The idea of a sex offender living on your street or near your child’s school is concerning. It’s no surprise one west Modesto family was outraged when they learned a man classified as a “sexually violent predator” moved a stone’s throw away from both.

I heard from the family after they called Modesto police and were told the man, despite a criminal history that includes sex crimes against children, has the right to live near Franklin Elementary School off Maze Boulevard.


The Desert Independent

BLYTHE, Calif – On September 11, Superior Court Judge Joan Lewis published her minute order finding the award of an $88 million State construction contract to contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Inc., was improper and the contract will be set aside. Judge Lewis concluded the contract should have been awarded to San Diego County based West Coast Air Conditioning Co., Inc. Hensel Phelps forces—currently onsite and performing work—will be required to cease work.

The project involves rehabilitation of the mechanical, heating and ventilation system at the 22-year-old Ironwood State Prison, located in Riverside County near Blythe, California.