Thursday, November 5, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Prisioners, shelter dogs grow together in new rehabilitation program

By YourCentralValley

CHOWCHILLA, Calif.
A program that pairs up shelter dogs with prisoners is the first of its kind in Valley prisons.

Ten Valley State Prison inmates have been selected to become dog trainers as they serve time. It's part of their rehabilitation program.

By Sally Schilling, TheReporter

An incident on a yard in California State Prison, Solano that left three inmates hospitalized involved approximately 205 inmates, according to Lt. Marlaina 
Dernoncourt, public information officer for CSP Solano.

Three inmates were transported to outside hospitals with stab wounds as a result of the brawl that occurred at 2:38 p.m. Friday on the Facility A Yard, Dernoncourt said.


CALIFORNIA INMATES

By Denny Walsh, SacBee

Richard Alex Williams was a free man Tuesday, 24 hours after a Sacramento Superior Court jury acquitted him in his third trial on first-degree murder and attempted murder charges.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa emailed a reporter at 4:06 p.m. Tuesday saying, “We lifted our hold on Williams at 3:47 this afternoon. He is on the street.”

Accused triple killer ordered to stand trial in Pasadena massacre

By Hillary Jackson, MyNewsLA

A Pasadena resident who allegedly killed a woman, her father and another man and then shot at police before surrendering will stand trial on murder, attempted murder and other charges.

John Izeal Smith, 45, is charged with three counts each of murder, attempted murder and personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury and/or death; five counts of shooting into an inhabited dwelling; and one count of possession of an assault weapon.


CORRECTIONS RELATED

One Year Later and the Experts Agree: California's Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Measure, Proposition 47 is a Success

By Eunisses Hernandez, Drugpolicy.org

SACRAMENTO, CA – A year after Californians overwhelmingly voted to end harsh sentencing laws and reform the criminal justice system, Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act is being touted as a resounding success. With 60 percent of the vote, Californians declared that people should no longer be incarcerated for long periods of times for simple drug possession or petty property crimes. The vote also reaffirmed the public’s position that money saved from unjust incarceration costs should go towards funding treatment and supportive services, including for victims.

Since its passage on Nov. 4, 2014 judges have released and resentenced 13,000 people, and an estimated 160,000 Prop. 47 filings have been submitted to the courts. In one years’ time Prop. 47 statewide incarcerations cost savings are estimated to be $156 million. Long term, California could be looking at annual savings of $203 million in jail costs and $94.5 million in prison costs. This week Californians will celebrate the One Year Anniversary with continued high hopes for Prop. 47 dollars that will fund mental health and substance abuse treatment, victim services, and K-12 programs beginning in the summer of 2016.


By Adam Lidgett, International Business Times

Despite a declining inmate population in California, around a dozen jails are expected to be given millions in financing to expand their facilities. About $500 million was awarded Monday to expand and build new jails across the state, according to TeleSUR, a Latin American television network.

About 15 counties are set to receive money for jail construction at the recommendation of the California Board of State and Community Corrections, the board that oversees funding for California jails. The move comes at a time when many federal government leaders are making attempts to reduce mass incarceration in the United States.