Thursday, December 17, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips



This year, both liberals and conservatives have agreed that it's time to end the "mass incarceration" produced by the "crackdown on crime" of 20 years ago. KCRW is exploring how California is handling the "re-entry" of prisoners back into society. Our producer Jenny Hamel went behind bars to report on an educational program that offers everything from vocational courses to higher education. We also hear about recent legislation that has the State getting into the act.

Note: “To listen to the feature story and interview with Brant Choate, Acting Director of CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs, visit the KCRW website


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- Three-quarters of California's paroled sex offenders previously banned from living near parks, schools and other places where children congregate now face no housing restrictions after the state changed its policy in response to a court ruling that said the prohibition only applies to child molesters, according to data compiled at the request of The Associated Press.

The rate is far higher than officials initially predicted. The state expected half of the 5,900 parolees would have restrictions on where they can live or sleep lifted when the corrections department changed its policy following the March ruling. Instead, data shows that 76 percent of offenders no longer are subject to the voter-approved restrictions.

The Californian

Seven people were arrested during a large probation and parole compliance check in Greenfield and King City areas on Tuesday.

The operation was organized by the Greenfield and King City police departments and included the California  Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California State Parole, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Probation, and the FBI.

The operation’s objective was to address public safety in the two cities by conducting probation and parole compliance checks, sex offender registration visits, saturation patrol and law enforcement intelligence data exchange, according to a joint media release from Greenfield and King City police.


Paloma Esquivel, The Los Angeles Times

A man who killed two farmworkers and a teenage boy in Riverside County was sentenced to death in February, another was sentenced in April for killing an 85-year-old man. In May, four people were sentenced to death in the county in three separate cases.

All told, courts have sentenced eight people to death in Riverside County this year, more than any other county in the United States, according to a report by the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group.

The county accounts for 16% of all death sentences imposed in the United States this year, the report said.


Timothy Williams, The New York Times

Guards at a rural California prison use other prisoners’ possessions to reward inmates who assault each other, discriminate against black and Latino inmates, and routinely engage in unnecessary force, according to a California inspector general report released Wednesday.

High Desert State Prison, in Susanville, which is in the northeast of the state near Nevada, was also found to be significantly overcrowded and to be imbued with a “culture of racism and lack of acceptance of ethnic differences,” according to Robert A. Barton, the state’s inspector general.



OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a San Francisco Bay Area woman with a hate crime after she was caught on video making anti-Islamic slurs and then throwing coffee and an umbrella at a group of Muslim men who had been praying at a park.

KNTV reports Thursday that the Alameda County District Attorney has charged Denise Slader, an employee with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with misdemeanor battery and violating a man’s civil rights, a hate crime.

Advocacy group Root & Rebound helps the formerly incarcerated navigate the legal barriers to creating a successful life outside prison walls.
Kenrya Rankin, ColorLines

Each year, more than 600,000 people reenter society after serving time in prison or jail. And statistics show that they are disproportionately Black and Latino, as they are respectively six and 2.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than their white peers. While the federal government is taking tentative steps toward criminal justice reform, the National Institute of Justice reports that 60 to 75 percent of the formerly incarcerated are jobless a full year after release. And those to find jobs are often still derailed by other barriers, such as poverty, housing refusal, lack of education and lingering court fees.

Root & Rebound is an Oakland-based nonprofit that helps ex-offenders released in California navigate the legal aspects of those barriers. We talked to founder and executive director Katherine Katcher about why we need reentry advocates, how families can provide support and where people in other states can turn for help.