Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

ABC 10

An escaping robbery suspect jumped into the wrong Ripon backyard when he chose the home of an off-duty correctional officer.

Deuel Vocational Institution Officer Brian Berghorst was having a relaxing evening in his living room on April 5 when his wife yelled there was someone in their backyard, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official said.

When Berghorst spotted the man jumping the fence into a neighbor’s backyard, he ran out his front door looking for the wayward suspect.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Mario Montalvo, Kern Golden Empire

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. Local dogs rescued from a Bakersfield shelter are getting a new lease on life thanks to some unlikely volunteers.

The dogs once were locked in a shelter with no hope of adoption.

But through a new program they're not only getting a second chance at life, but so are the inmates they now live with.

Kinsee Morlan, Voice Of San Diego

Robert Kennedy is one of a handful of inmates at Donovan Correctional Facility who’s in an advanced playwriting workshop.

In a class a few weeks ago, Kennedy stood up to explain what he gets out of writing plays and collaborating with other inmates. He said the creative process has been infuriating at times, but working through disagreements has taught him about healthy conflict resolution. He also said the experience has been therapeutic.

“It’s not just writing plays, see,” he said in a video recording of the weekly class led by the San Diego nonprofit Playwrights Project. “I wrote a play about my dad, who committed suicide. That helped me deal with something that I … haven’t dealt with and helped me deal with it for the first time ever.”

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Eddie Kim, LA Downtown News

When California voters approved Proposition 47 in November 2014, it marked a new era of crime and punishment in the state.

It also led to a system that, so far, has utterly failed, City Attorney Mike Feuer told a Downtown Los Angeles audience yesterday.

In the effort to reduce the state prison population, Prop. 47 downgraded a half dozen non-violent felonies, such as certain kinds of drug possession and petty theft, to misdemeanors, meaning offenders receive shorter sentences.

Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk

Santa Barbara County officials debated Tuesday about how to best quantify the impacts of Proposition 47, a state law that reclassifies some felonies as misdemeanors.

Are crime statistics and arrest records better indicators, or the fact that the County Jail saw its lowest average daily population numbers since 2007, the year following Prop 47 passage?

Either way, most of the county Board of Supervisors pointed out the Sheriff’s Department’s inadequate collection of data showing who’s in jail, why and for how long.

Pauline Bartolone, CALmatters

SACRAMENTO-  In a small room at a neighborhood clinic in Sacramento, a handful of hepatitis C patients wait to see their physician, hoping they’ll be found sick enough to be approved for a cure.

The low-income patients hope to be prescribed new breakthrough drugs, such as Sovaldi or Harvoni, which offer cures with almost no side effects. But treating the virus comes with a high price tag: at least $84,000 for a course of treatment. Getting Medi-Cal to pay for such drugs can involve a long, arduous process of tests and paperwork to prove infection has progressed to liver damage.