Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Lauren Lee White, VICE

A short, winding drive from the glorious beaches of Malibu, amidst the private vineyards of the Santa Monica Mountains, a group of several dozen women stand in line as a supervisor calls them forward one by one.

"Vasquez."

Samantha Vasquez, 26, steps forward. She pauses to stamp her heavy black work boot in the dirt, which gives her supervisor just enough time to match her face to the photo ID he holds in his hand.

"Vasquez," she replies. Stamp.

Guy McCarthy, The Union Democrat

The president of the Highway 108 FireSafe Council says a two-mile long, 300-foot wide fuel break helped slow the Sept. 8 Oak Fire that destroyed one home and two other structures and prompted evacuations at Old Oak Ranch Conference Center and the Sierra Outdoor School.

“Old Oak Ranch and Sierra Outdoor School, between them they can have as many as a thousand people at one time,” Glenn Gottschall said Thursday in the Oak Fire burn. “This is the primary reason for having this fuel break. That and protecting about 20 homes along Northridge.”

DEATH PENALTY

Frank Stoltze, KPCC

Supporters and foes of California’s death penalty will be vying for your signature on street corners and outside grocery stores over the coming weeks as each side seeks to place a measure on next year’s November ballot.

Two separate initiatives are making their way through the ballot proposition process--one that would end capital punishment in California and another that seeks to jump-start a stalled execution system.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

NOTE: The reporter did not contact CDCR for comment on this story.

California prisons are starting to reduce their once-widespread use of solitary confinement after settling a lawsuit by hunger-striking inmates. But the settlement doesn’t apply to juveniles, and state legislators have rejected four proposals in the last four years to restrict isolation of youthful offenders.

A Bay Area lawmaker is about to try again with a bill that would limit solitary confinement placements to four hours at a time for juveniles, and allow them only for conduct that threatened the safety of the institution or the youths themselves.