Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Kelly Harrington, who comes from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, was appointed following a nationwide search.
Alexander Nguyen, Patch

A new assistant sheriff is headed to town to take over jail operations, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced Tuesday.

Kelly Harrington, who comes from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, was appointed following a nationwide search. Harrington will replace Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald, who announced her retirement in December.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Alan Prock, Kern Golden Empire

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say their condom program will begin at CCI Tehachapi March 21. 

Under Assembly Bill 966, which took effect in 2014, the CDCR had to develop a five-year-plan to extend the availability of condoms in all state prisons. 
Sexual contact between inmates is illegal and a high-risk behavior that threatens the health and welfare of the inmate population, CDCR staff and the public, according to a news release.  HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections are prevalent in correctional settings. In fact, one in seven people in the U.S. with HIV pass through the correctional system each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extending the availability of condoms will help reduce transmission of these infections within CDCR facilities.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At 6-foot-1 and 172 pounds, Michael Stanley Galliher appeared healthy — until he dropped dead days after being transferred to a California prison from a state mental hospital.

A coroner found the 49-year-old Galliher essentially starved to death, setting off a flurry of accusations and finger-pointing. Galliher's family and inmate advocates want an investigation. Prison officials say they did nothing wrong and state doctors dispute the coroner's findings.

Galliher's mother said her son's schizophrenia made him paranoid to eat around others, and prison officials should have known that and not had him take meals with other inmates.

OPINION

B. Wayne Hughes Jr., The Orange County Register

On Nov. 4, 2014, California voters, by a 60-40 majority, approved Proposition 47, which changed six low-level drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. It also required that the resulting prison cost savings be reallocated to local mental health and drug treatment programs as well as truancy and dropout prevention and victim services.

I strongly supported Prop. 47 – investing $1.3 million into its passage. Here’s why: California over the past 30 years has enacted extreme sentencing laws that have emphasized prison expansion over rehabilitation. Our state increased prison spending by 1,500 percent and built 22 additional prisons. Bloated prison spending has depleted budgets, increased recidivism and destroyed communities.