Thursday, March 17, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

The death of Shawna Lynn Jones has prompted members of the community to question fire camps.
Emily Sawicki, The Malibu Times

Inmate firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones was laid to rest Friday with a full line-of-duty memorial service conducted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In addition to a memorial service with full honor guard, Jones’ family was presented with an award commemorating her firefighting service, presented by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Sean Longoria, Redding Record Searchlight

Note: CDCR was not contacted by the reporter for this story.  Native American healers are available in all CDCR institutions, one of five religions represented to accommodate inmates’ religious preferences.  

For Morning Star Gali, exposure to American Indians in prison came at an early age.

Her father, Isidro Gali, was released from San Quentin state prison in the late 1970s and soon began working for American Indian rights, becoming a spiritual adviser at the prison and, eventually, the first fulltime American Indian chaplain the state prison system.

"I grew up very aware of his incarceration, aware of the work. As a child, I attended powwows and gatherings at the prison," said Morning Star Gali. "I knew very early on about the injustices of the overrepresentation of native peoples."

CDCR NEWS

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — The union representing most California state prison guards said Wednesday it has agreed to a labor contract that includes a 9 percent salary increase over three years.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said the agreement includes concessions he sought last year to help reduce the state’s long-term costs of providing retirees’ health care benefits.

Correctional officers would start paying toward their eventual benefits under the proposed contract.

DEATH PENALTY

The American Bar Association wants Gov. Jerry Brown to issue an executive reprieve and order a review of guilt or innocence for Kevin Cooper, sentenced to death in 1985 for the knife-and-hatchet slayings of four people, two of them children, in Chino Hills.
Richard K. De Atley, The PressEnterprise

The American Bar Association wants Gov. Jerry Brown to issue an executive reprieve and order a review of guilt or innocence for Kevin Cooper, sentenced to death in 1985 for the knife-and-hatchet slayings of four people, two of them children, in Chino Hills.

Cooper has exhausted all of his appeals and is expected to be among the first scheduled for San Quentin's death chamber when California resumes lethal injections. The last inmate executed in California was in 2006.