Monday, February 1, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Lisa Gonzales, KCRA

After 10 weeks of intense training, men and women are ready to hit the streets as new parole agents as they graduate Friday.

David Siders, The Sacramento Bee  

For much of last year, Gov. Jerry Brown and his advisers pored over measures that Brown could take to ease fixed-term sentencing standards he signed into law when he was governor before – and came to regret decades later.

“Determinate sentencing,” Brown said, had contributed to prison crowding and removed incentives for inmates to rehabilitate themselves. He told his advisers he wanted to restructure how the state awards credits for good behavior, giving inmates a greater chance of parole.

Before he settled on the sweeping prison initiative that he announced on Wednesday, two groups of activists were pressing Brown to support other changes. The first, which Brown rejected, sought to install an independent sentencing commission, an administration official said. The second, concerning juvenile justice, provided the platform for the proposal Brown announced this week.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Lewis Griswold, The Fresno Bee

As part of a larger plan to reduce inmate recidivism via higher education, College of the Sequoias is working at the invitation of Corcoran State Prison and the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility to bring classes to inmates.

The prison received a grant from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, prompting Corcoran officials to reach out to College of the Sequoias for help with the educational component, said college President Stan Carrizosa.

Patrick O’Neill, The Press Enterprise

The ballroom of the Lake Norconian Club hotel boasts the same chandeliers, marble floors and hand-painted murals that Hollywood’s biggest stars came to see in the 1920s.

But Norco conservationist Linda Dixon last week walked through a ballroom vastly different than guests of old were accustomed to because of what she calls “more than a decade of neglect” by state prison officials: raccoons chewing on wood and wiring, cats ambling past giant columns and piles of animal droppings at least 8 inches high.

David Grieder, The Triplicate

Prisoner rights groups from across the state plan to rally on Monday in Sacramento, but the bulk of their concerns originate in Crescent City with Pelican Bay State Prison.

The action comes less than a week after final approval of a landmark class action lawsuit on segregated housing at PBSP and six months after implementation of a policy there that some claim amounts to torture.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

The Union Democrat

Tuolumne-Calaveras County line

The Lake Tulloch Bridge on O’Byrnes Ferry Road will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Feb. 9 through 11 so Sierra Conservation Center crews can replace a water pump on the bridge.

All residents and emergency vehicles will need to use an alternate route during that time.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Michele Francisco, Examiner

NOTE: Gregory Bergersen is retired from CDCR.

This is part of a series introducing you to interesting people in the wine industry. For many, the journey into wine is not only intriguing but often quite an adventure. These talented individuals are what make the wine industry what it is today so follow this series to meet this group of passionate people who have dedicated their lives to wine.

Why Wine? An interview with Gregory Bergersen of Solitary Cellars Wine Company

Examiner: Was there a specific wine, moment or place that unlocked your passion?

Gregory Bergersen: My love of wine happened during a camping trip with my good friend, Loch Ockey. His father had a very impressive cellar and for our 25th birthday, he let loose of a 1969 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. We drank that wine out of a plastic cup sitting around a campfire. Our meal selection was hamburgers and pork and beans. I have not, nor will I ever forget the flavor of that wine. The wine was perfectly balanced and it was amazing. Whenever Loch and I get together we drift back and laugh about that experience. It was then that I understood the magical qualities of wine and the memories a good bottle can deliver.

Jake Austin, The Sentinel

NOTE: Ronald Hoover retired from CDCR in 1994.

Though a “million dollar wound” gave his time in Vietnam an early end, Capt. Ronald Hoover stands as one of the most accomplished Marines to have been involved in the war.

Hoover, 79, of Carlisle, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1954. He said his decision to enlist was inspired by several of his friends who had enlisted before him.

“I had some friends from high school that went in (to the Marines) during the Korean time,” Hoover said. “They came back and we were talking, and I said that the Marines was the place I wanted to go. I thought the Marine Corps was the best outfit. I made a lot of good friends there and decided I would stay and make 20 years out of it.”

OPINION

Jim Mayer, Capitol Weekly

Jerry Brown’s push for sentencing reform is the latest great example of Brown doing what most experts and practitioners know to be the right thing—and the willingness of an aging and experienced governor to learn from and correct his mistakes.

In early 2003, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown called me at the Little Hoover Commission and told me he would be at our public hearing on parole reform in the state capitol on February 23.  He didn’t ask for an invitation; he asked what time it would start and what room we would be in.

Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee 

Gov. Jerry Brown’s timing seems perfect as he asks voters to modify a tough anti-crime policy he signed four decades ago.

As the governor unveiled last week his ballot measure to make it easier for nonviolent felons to be paroled and soften the treatment of juvenile offenders, the Public Policy Institute of California released one of its periodic attitudinal polls of the California public.