Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Lions Club project creates warm items for people in need
The Folsom Telegraph

Hooks and Needles, a charitable crocheting and knitting program at Folsom State Prison (FSP), has been honored as the Small Club Project of the Year for all Lions Club projects in California.

The program, which began in 2011, is an inmate leisure time activity group, with the purpose to develop, design and craft crocheted and knitted articles such as booties, bonnets, beanies, blankets, hand-warmers, etc., for donation to hospitals, shelters and children’s care facilities.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Jessie Fetterling, Correctional News

SOLEDAD, Calif. — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regained responsibility for providing medical care at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad in early March. This marks the second state prison that the CDCR regained medical care responsibilities for after a decade of federal control.

J. Clark Kelso, the federal court-appointed receiver, turned operations back to the CDCR, despite concerns from attorneys representing inmates in a class-action lawsuit over poor medical care, said Don Spector, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office, to the Associated Press. Because attorneys and other experts found problems with the quality and type of care being provided at the Soledad facility, Kelso and other department officials will have the court’s experts review inmate care in about six months to see if conditions improve. The Soledad prison holds more than 5,000 minimum-and medium-security inmates.

CDCR NEWS

Imperial Valley News 

Brandy Rose Buenafe, 37, of Citrus Heights, has been appointed to the California Library Services Board. Buenafe has been principal librarian in the Office of Correctional Education at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2014, where she has held several positions since 2007, including senior librarian for Pleasant Valley State Prison and librarian at Corcoran State Prison. She is a member of the California Library Association. Buenafe earned a Master of Library Science degree in library and information science from California State University, San Jose. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Buenafe is a Democrat.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

Evoking the threat of court-ordered prison releases, Gov. Jerry Brown this week appealed for help in collecting signatures to get his parole initiative on the November ballot.

In an email blitz to political supporters, the governor said that "even after significant improvements, the state does not have a durable plan to deal with prison overcrowding” and faces the prospect of a forced release of thousands of inmates.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Rules from 2012 are too often ignored, advocates say.
Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project

The Justice Department, under pressure from advocates, has issued a memorandum reasserting its policy that transgender prisoners cannot be housed according to their anatomy alone but must be assigned to facilities on a case-by-case basis, with the inmate’s own sense of where he or she would be safest “given serious consideration.”

While the clarification, which applies to federal and state prisons, underscores existing standards, advocates say they often seem to be ignored, and the Justice Department has done little to enforce them. The department had no immediate comment.

The bill would give prosecutors advance notice to seek a state hospital commitment before prisoners are released.
Janet Zimmerman, The Press-Enterprise

A bill that would give prosecutors 20 days notice to petition for state hospital commitments of sexually violent predators unanimously passed the Assembly this week.

Assembly Bill 1906, introduced by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, would close a loophole in the existing law, which has no prescribed timeline to notify the district attorney’s office for a commitment hearing.

Matt Fountain, The Tribune

A voluntary manslaughter case against two former prison guards will head to trial after a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge rejected motions to dismiss the case.

Travis Woolf, 37, of San Miguel and Sergio Aranda, 36, of Salinas, former guards at Salinas Valley State Prison, are facing charges in the death of San Miguel vineyard manager Alvaro Medrano in an early-morning fight outside the Elkhorn Bar on Sept. 7, 2014.