Friday, April 29, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Emily Pritchard, KXTV

When many people think about prison life, images of cells, orange jump suits and handcuffs might come to mind. But incarceration is more about rehabilitation than punishment and the California prison system is using some non-traditional methods to help its prisoners.

For two hours inside California State Prison, Sacramento, 23 inmates follow every word from volunteer yoga instructors.

“At first I was kind of nervous being in a Level 4 prison,” said Christopher Blanks, who has been in prison for 16 years for second degree armed robbery. “You have different ethnicities, different things going on. I didn’t want to take off my shoes. I didn’t want to lower my defenses.”

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Lacey Peterson, The Union Democrat

Inmates at Sierra Conservation Center now have access to condoms as part of a statewide effort to reduce sexually transmitted diseases in prisons.

The program was rolled out at SCC last week. Several condom dispensers were installed in the various yards, said Lt. Robert Kelsey, SCC spokesman.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 966 in 2014 that required the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to come up with a plan to implement a program to provide condoms to inmates in state prisons.

10 champions of change honored for giving fair chance to those with criminal record
Carolyn M. Brown, Black Enterprise

Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an actress on stage and screen, as well as for her experience working in prisons. Williams is an actress and the founder and director of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project. Williams is among individuals from across the country to be recognized as “White House Champions of Change for Expanding Fair Chance Opportunities.” These individuals were selected by the White House for their leadership and tireless work to remove barriers to a second chance for those with a criminal record.

OPINION

Ronald A. Steinke, Chico ER

I am a retired correctional peace officer with 25 years service at San Quentin State Prison. I have a suggestion to make regarding the housing for Fraisure Smith, an adjudged and diagnosed violent sexual offender.

Years ago, another parolee was refused housing by communities in his area of conviction and the state could not find any other place within the state to parole him to. The solution to the problem was one that satisfied his conditions of parole and kept him away from the general public.