Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Sudhin Thanawala, The Sacramento Bee

SAN FRANCISCO- A federal appeals court on Monday upheld California laws approved by voters that set stricter limits on parole hearings and give the governor authority to block parole.

The statutes do not violate a constitutional ban against increasing punishments retroactively, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

At issue in the ruling were Proposition 9, which is also known as Marsy's Law, and Proposition 89.

Marsy's Law — approved by voters in 2008 — extended the amount of time a prisoner must wait for another parole hearing after being denied parole.

CDCR NEWS

Rich Rodriguez, Fox News

Your tax dollars are now paying for condoms give to inmates in California prisons.

The state legislature quietly passed a law making this possible almost two years ago.

Fox 26 KMPH News decided to investigate the reasons for inmates getting free condoms and how much it is costing California taxpayers.

Assembly bill 966 made it the law that the state of California had to give free condoms to anyone behind bars in California prisons.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

CBS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s inspector general gave a failing grade to medical care at a fourth prison Monday as the state tries to regain responsibility for health treatment after a decade of federal control.

Valley State Prison in Chowchilla received a failing grade in nine of the 14 benchmarks used by inspectors. Medical records often were missing, misfiled, incomplete or illegible. Medicine often was not provided as needed. Essential supplies and basic equipment were missing from many examination rooms.

Problems included a failure to provide inmates with follow-up care after initial appointments. Some appointments were delayed for months, while others never occurred, inspectors found. Nurses repeatedly failed to carry out doctors’ orders, to identify and act on patients’ medical problems, or to recognize those with urgent needs.

Officials decline to comment, cite ongoing investigation
Mike Eiman, The Sentinel

CORCORAN — A woman was arrested Sunday at Corcoran State Prison on suspicion of numerous drug-related charges.

According to Kings County Jail booking records, Terrica Cherise Durden, 34, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of the following:

CALIFORNIA INMATES

The Bakersfield Californian

An inmate found unresponsive in his Delano prison cell over the weekend was pronounced dead about an hour later, a coroner’s office release said.

Pedro Salinas, 20, was found unresponsive at 2:25 a.m. Saturday in his North Kern State Prison cell, the release said. He was pronounced dead at 3:28 a.m. at Delano Regional Medical Center.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Wayne Freedman, abc 7 News

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) --
The attorney for a man wrongfully convicted and recently released from prison, speaks only to ABC7 about the miscarriage of justice and the fact that time is running out to correct it.

There are still a lot of questions about the case of a Lake County man who spent 18 years in state prison for a crime he did not commit. Then, when he was finally released, within 24 hours he was hospitalized. ABC7 News looks into the case of Luther Jones.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

California lawmakers should reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to give counties another $250 million for jail construction, the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst said Monday.

The state already has provided $2.2 billion to build jails since 2007, including $1 billion since it began sending lower-level offenders to county lockups instead of state prisons about four years ago.

Corrections facilities are ground zero for treating hepatitis C — but at a cost.
Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project

An estimated 3.5 million people in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C, and a third of them pass through prisons and jails every year. For doctors and public health experts, this is an opportunity: wiping out the virus in prison can lower infection rates nationwide. Prisons see sticker shock: Drugs cost as much as $1,000 a day, with a course of treatment running upwards of $80,000, not including lab work or other costs.

Faced with that budget choice, most jails and prisons have done little. But the federal government and a handful of states recently have quietly changed their approach — at a substantial price.