Thursday, February 4, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Hoa Quach, Times Of San Diego

An investigation was underway Wednesday into an assault that injured three corrections officers at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

About 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, inmate Timothy Green allegedly hit one of the guards in the face at the Otay Mesa penitentiary, knocking him out, prison spokesman Philip Bracamonte said.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Imperial Valley News

Imperial, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointment:

Raymond Madden, 50, of Imperial, has been appointed warden at California State Prison, Centinela, where he has been acting warden since 2014 and has served in several positions since 2010, including chief deputy warden and associate warden. Madden served in several positions at Calipatria State Prison from 1991 to 2010, including captain, lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer. He was a correctional officer at Pelican Bay State Prison from 1990 to 1991 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983 to 1987. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $143,604. Madden is registered without party preference.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Anne DI Grazia, Kern Golden Empire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 109, to help reduce California's prison population and cut down on recidivism rates – keeping inmates who are released from re-offending.

To help that cause, eight sober living facilities in Kern County receive state funding earmarked specifically for A.B. 109. But results have been mixed, including allegations of mismanagement of the money.

After Women of Worth recovery home was shut down in November, many questioned the integrity of the other homes that receive A.B.109 funding. Those other facilities reassure these funds are being put to good use.

Lance J. Rogers, Bloomberg BNA

Feb. 1 — Requiring sex offenders to wear satellite-based tracking devices as a condition of their release from civil commitment doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment and may be imposed on offenders whose crimes occurred years before the monitoring law was enacted, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Jan. 29.

The decision is the latest word on an issue that has divided state and federal courts and attracted the attention of privacy advocates.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in 2015 in Grady v. North Carolina, 2015 BL 88171 (U.S. 2015) , that attaching a GPS device to a sex offender qualifies as a “search” for purposes of a Fourth Amendment analysis, it left open the question of what circumstances would meet the reasonableness test and also left unaddressed the question of whether the GPS requirements may be retroactively imposed.

OPINION

Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin, PPIC

Governor Brown has proposed a ballot measure—the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act—that could significantly alter sentencing in California. If it qualifies for the ballot—which seems likely—and is approved by voters in November, the measure would allow non-violent felons who have earned enough credits for good behavior to spend less time in state prison. It would also shift the power to determine whether juveniles should be tried as adults from prosecutors to judges. The measure follows the path of decreased reliance on incarceration that California has been on since 2009.

Motivated primarily by a federal court’s 2009 mandate to improve health care and reduce overcrowding in the state’s prison system, California has implemented a number of measures that have considerably reduced the prison population. Since reaching a historic high in 2006, the prison population has dropped by 45,000, a decrease of about 26 percent, and the state’s overall incarceration rate is down to levels not seen since the early 1990s.