Monday, March 28, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Central Valley News Times

Troy Fennel, 49, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed superintendent of education for the Division of Juvenile Justice at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has served as acting superintendent of education since 2015.

Mr. Fennel was assistant superintendent of academic and career technical education at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2012 to 2015, where he served as supervisor of correctional education programs from 2007 to 2012. He was supervisor of academic instruction at the Preston Youth Correctional Facility’s James A. Wieden High School from 2005 to 2007.


Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate      

Julie McNiel’s students lead rigidly structured lives inside Pelican Bay State Prison but with some acrylic paint and a few brushes they can transcend the walls confining them.

Through a brush stroke, a guitar chord or a writing exercise, the inmates show a side of themselves the community rarely sees.

“Through art practice, the men can explore a different kind of landscape,” McNiel writes in a teacher-artist statement for the new Art in Public Places show at the Del Norte County Courthouse. “Each picture becomes a window and a mirror; a site for reflection where the imagination can find release.”

Tony Saavedra, OC Register

Into the dark, she drives. Every weekend Gail Harrington-Wisely heads north along hundreds of miles of inky black freeways. Hours and hours of audiobooks, mostly crime novels, break up the monotony.

Eyelids heavy, she fights off sleep, concentrating on the prize ahead – an hour talking by phone through a glass window with her husband of nearly 30 years. This is love, prison style, an 800-mile round trip rewarded with a hand pressed against a window.

Sometimes, she gets a longer visit in an open visiting room, with hand-holding and a quick kiss.

Mateo Melero, Kern Golden Empire

KERN COUNTY, Calif.- An inmate found dead in a North Kern State Prison cell earlier this month was determined to have died from a drug overdose, the Kern County Coroner said.

Alberto Rico, 29, was found in the early morning of March 5 and pronounced dead at the scene.


Matthew Green, KQED

The United States locks up more kids than any other industrialized nation in the world.

But although the youth incarceration rate in the U.S. continues to outpace all other wealthy nations (much like our overall incarceration rate), it’s dropped significantly in the last decade. A series of Supreme Court decisions, state policy changes and plummeting crime rates since the late 1990s have resulted in major reductions in the youth prison population.