Thursday, March 10, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Chelcey Adami, Salinas Californian

NOTE: Staff from Salinas Valley State Prison and Correctional Training Facility will be honored during this ceremony

Among the honorees is Salinas Valley State Prison Correctional Officer Mike R. Johnson, who will receive the MCPOA Medal of Valor for entering a burning vehicle to help a stranger.

Around 10:26 p.m. on Feb. 1 last year, a head-on collision occurred near Research Drive and Blanco Road in Marina. One of the vehicles involved caught fire, and Johnson saw it as he was returning from his shift at the prison.

He immediately pulled over and responded to a woman lying just six feet from the flames. Johnson moved her away and then entered the burning vehicle to look for others.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Allen Martin, KPIX

Imagine teaching someone to write computer code when they don’t own a computer.. and even if they did, they can’t get online. This week’s Jefferson Award winner isn’t letting those challenges stop her, if it means prison inmates get the training they need to get good jobs once they’re released.

Beverly Parenti and her husband Chris Redlitz drive by San Quentin State Prison in Marin County often.

“On the ferry you pass San Quentin, you drive by San Quentin, but you never really know what’s going on inside the prison walls,” Parenti said thoughtfully.

Brynne Whittaker, KCBW

A group of inmates wanted to do something good for a community they've been missing, so they organized a fundraiser for Tatum's Garden in Salinas.

Inmate and military veteran Tim Brown said doing something positive for Salinas made a group of incarcerated veterans feel good.

Brown said, "We figure, we've taken a lot. All of our crimes have taken away from people and the people that lose most are the children. So we are going to give back to the children," Brown said.

R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly

Having earned an MVP football player status with the Barcelona Dragons in the 1990s and linebacker stints with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, Eric Naposki understands you play until there's no time left on the game clock. 

Naposki, who was convicted in 2011 for a 1994 special circumstances murder of an ultra-weathy Newport Beach businessman and inventor, has previously filed losing complaints with the California Court of Appeal as well as the state's Supreme Court.

But the 49-year-old High Desert State Prison resident tossed his latest Hail Mary pass earlier this month to federal judges, whom he hopes will see the injustice of a conviction that means he will never emerge from custody alive. 

CORRECTIONS RELATED

California governor can pursue inmate ballot measure

Paul Elias, Associated Press

The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Gov. Jerry Brown can continue pursuing a plan to reduce the state's prison inmate population by releasing certain non-violent felons early while it considers a legal challenge.

The high court's brief order means Brown's supporters can gather signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot while the court decides whether the governor made improper, late additions to a proposed juvenile justice proposed proposition.

Jessica Pishko, The Nation

 When Tim Atkins walked out of Soledad prison, about an hour south of Monterey, California, on Highway 101, he’d spent more of his life behind bars than outside them.

He’d never seen a cell phone—in fact, he says that he was confused when he saw an iPhone with “music coming out”—and had never had a credit card. He’d barely driven a car. Now an imposing but soft-spoken 48-year-old man, Atkins was 17 when he was arrested for a shooting in his neighborhood back in 1985. He’d been involved in some illegal activities—mostly stealing car radios to support a drug habit—but he was innocent of the shooting. In fact, he had sold a stolen car stereo that very night in order to get high.

OPINION

Rohini Ross, Huffington Post

I spent the weekend with some of the most successful men I know. That is if you measure success by a person's ability to be an effective communicator through expressing openly, honestly, and authentically, to be emotionally mature, accountable, and to take personal responsibility, to be committed to supporting the betterment, growth and development of others, to be generous, to recognize the importance of family and relationships, and to not go against personal values in order to fit in, even if it places one's life at risk.

It just so happens that these men live at Valley State Prison.