Friday, November 20, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Pine Grove graduation ceremony’s theme is “Life is what you make it”
CDCR

PINE GROVE – Fourteen youths at the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (YCC) in Pine Grove received a high school diploma or General Educational Degree (GED) today in a major step toward their rehabilitation.

Nine students – among 60 youth trained to fight fires – received high school diplomas and five earned a GED or a high school equivalency while battling several blazes throughout this busy fire season including the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties that burned 76,000 acres and took a month to get under control.

Folsom Women's Facility offers first in the nation prison program
Mike Luery, KCRA 3 News

FOLSOM, Calif. (KCRA) —It's a program you'll find only behind prison walls in Folsom -- and it's helping female inmates get jobs in architecture and engineering.

Eighteen female offenders picked up certificates on Thursday after graduating from the California Prison Industry Authority's Autodesk program that trains them in computer aided design while they are incarcerated in Folsom Prison.

Monica Oliva received big cheers on Thursday after graduating with certificates in AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Don Thompson, The  Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of California children nearly four decades ago was denied parole for the 16th time on Thursday.

A panel decided that Frederick Woods will stay in prison even though the two men convicted with him, brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, already have been released.

Woods, 64, can apply for parole again in three years.

DEATH PENALTY

Kyle Buis, CBS

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Supporters of a measure to repeal California’s death penalty can begin gathering signatures, the state attorney general’s office announced on Thursday.

The Justice That Works Act of 2016 aims to repeal the death penalty and would apply retroactively to people already sentenced to death.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Sal Rodriguez, OC Register

One year after the passage of Proposition 47, a couple of things are clear. The initiative, which reclassified many low-level drug and property offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, has given the state an important opportunity to reevaluate its dysfunctional criminal justice system. Regrettably, it is also apparent that law enforcement and tough-on-crime politicians seemingly still are standing in the way of reform.

The American Civil Liberties Union this month put out a report, “Changing Gears: California’s Shift to Smart Justice,” highlighting the successes and challenges of Prop. 47. As anticipated, the initiative reduced state prison and local jail populations, curbed early releases and gave thousands a second chance at rebuilding their lives. Just as significant, the reform is set to save hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the state, freeing up resources that can be used on mental health and drug treatment, support for crime victims and crime prevention.