Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Jeremy B. White, The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a high-ranking corrections official to run the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The governor’s pick for the post, 55-year-old Undersecretary for Operations Scott Kernan, will need to be confirmed by the state Senate. The position overseeing California’s vast prison system would pay Kernan, a Republican, $243,360.

If he is confirmed, Kernan would take over the department after a tumultuous multiyear stretch that featured a series of inmate hunger strikes spurred by solitary confinement practices, excessive force litigation and a federal order to reduce California’s prison population. The state announced this year that it had fallen to less than a court-ordered population cap ahead of schedule. A lacerating report released this month by the state Office of the Inspector General alleged systemic abuse and mismanagement at a remote state prison.


Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: In July 2013, Dan Compson, who worked for Caltrans in Marysville, and a woman who worked for Fish and Game were accused of taking money in exchange for processing inflated invoices for goods not received. What was the outcome on this case?

Concerned state taxpayer and former state employee, Oroville


FOX 5 News

SAN DIEGO — A man accused of abducting a batting coach and his teenage student at Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa last week, then committing a carjacking to make his getaway, was arrested in Orange County following a high- speed chase, police announced Monday.

Ira Stringer was taken into custody in the city of Orange on Saturday after fleeing from a Circle K gas station he allegedly robbed, according to a San Diego Police Department statement.