Thursday, March 3, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

The city has already donated $20,000 to help save the once-luxurious hotel.
Patrick O’Neill, The Press Enterprise

Conservationists working to preserve the former Lake Norconian Club hotel plan to ask the Norco City Council for a $30,000 donation Wednesday, March 2.

The city has already chipped in $20,000 to help clear drains and board windows of the once-luxurious hotel, owned by the state and located within the California Rehabilitation Center along Fifth Street in Norco. Private donors have given about $20,000.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Kylie Ora Lobell, Jewish Journal

NOTE: Inmates at the California Institution for Women make the hats for the Happy Hats for Kids Hero Club.

The hospital can be scary at any age, but for children, it can be especially daunting.

Unless, like Abraham McGinty, they’ve got a “brave hat.” The 6-year-old received his felt hat as part of the Happy Hats for Kids Hero Club while undergoing treatment for epilepsy at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Long Beach.

“The joy he has and continues to have with his Happy Hat is unbelievable,” said his mother, Stacy, a member of Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes. “He calls it his ‘brave hat’ and has continued to bring it with us to multiple appointments.”

CDCR NEWS

What is California going to do with "the worst of the worst"?
Jessica Pishko, Pacific Standard

NOTE: This article restates the common misconception that CDCR describes SHU inmates as the “worst of the worst.” It is not a term that CDCR uses.

Standing in the warden's office at Pelican Bay, the notorious maximum security prison in Crescent City, California, I don my dark green stab-proof vest and accompany public information officer Lieutenant Christopher Acosta and Associate Warden Rawland Swift (who has since retired) to the Security Housing Unit, or SHU. Acosta is curt and bulldoggish, with a smooth, bald head. Swift is affable and mustachioed, wearing a casual short-sleeved shirt and jeans. "It's been a long week," Swift admits with good humor. He and Acosta are close to retirement and have endured multiple hunger strikes, intense media scrutiny, and the numerous day-to-day troubles you would expect from a place that houses what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation calls "the worst of the worst"—the most feared prison-gang leaders in a state corrections system rife with violence.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

It was only a press conference, with district attorneys and victims rights groups on Wednesday promoting their opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole.

But the fact it came together this early in the election year, the prosecutors said, was an indication that opposition to Brown’s initiative will be more organized – if not better funded – than before.

Jane Braxton Little, The Sacramento Bee

Susanville- A man convicted in the double-murder of two college students in Lassen County 35 years ago could be released from prison this week.

Joseph P. Shelton, 63, has spent 35 years behind bars. A parole board recommended in 2014 that he be freed on grounds that he had been a model prisoner and a positive influence on other inmates.

Gov. Jerry Brown reversed that decision, but Shelton – who became a Buddhist monk in prison – filed an appeal in Mendocino Superior Court, where his 1981 jury trial was held. The court overturned Brown’s reversal in January.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Louis A. Scott, KALW

Mandi Hauwert is a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison.  She's not the average correctional officer.  Howard is transgender.  She started working as a male officer inside the walls of San Quentin 7 years ago.  Making such a transition is not easy even out in society. She tells us what it's like to transition while working inside a men's prison.

Louis A. Scott has this story from the San Quentin Prison Report.

Columbia Daily Tribune

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — Eight years ago, when Noel Caldellis began serving time for killing a university student, his main objective was to make 20-plus years in prison pass as quickly as possible: work out, walk circles in the yard with inmates and watch TV.

A few years into his sentence at the Monroe Correctional Complex, Caldellis discovered he could spend his time developing his mind as well as his body, moving from the weight room to the classroom.