Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

The items smuggled in by inmates had a prison value of $1.2 million, according to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.
R. Stickney and Greg Bledsoe, NBC San Diego

A supervisory drug counselor at a California prison used bags of chips, packages of cookies and coffee cans to smuggle drugs for inmates in her rehabilitation programs, federal officials alleged Tuesday.

Angela Carr worked in an inmate substance abuse program at the Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County before her arrest in August 2015.

Carr is among eight defendants who have been indicted in an alleged conspiracy to bring drugs and cell phones into the prison, according to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Orlando Gutierrez, Department of Justice

SAN DIEGO – Eight people, including a supervisory drug counselor at Calipatria State Prison and inmates who participated in the drug rehabilitation program, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that they were members of a network that smuggled methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana into the prison.

This is the first large-scale drug smuggling conspiracy prosecuted in connection with a prison in the Southern District of California. The drugs and scores of cell phones smuggled into the prison by the drug counselor on one occasion were estimated to have a prison value of nearly $1.2 million.

This is also the first time that the San Diego Federal Bureau of Investigations and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials have targeted not only the corrupt prison official, but inmates and their conspirators on the outside. Federal law enforcement officials announced today that, going forward, they will continue to take an aggressive stand against this dangerous activity and targeting all involved.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Charity Maness, Calaveras Enterprise

More than 100 inmates from the Baseline and Vallecito conservation camps gathered at both Baseline Conservation Camp and in Moccasin at the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Plant property on May 3 and 4 to test their preparedness for the coming fire season.

The drills were conducted by the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in coordination with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Tony Saavedra, Orange County Register

Convicted double murderer Henry Rodriguez was released on bail Monday after 18 years in prison, another felony case upended because of questions related to the Orange County District Attorney's Office's use of jailhouse informants.

Rodriguez, wearing a county-issued paper jumpsuit, walked out of the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange and into the arms of his parents, embracing them for the first time in nearly two decades without being behind bars.

Rodriguez's bail was lowered last week to $500,000 from $1 million after a judge ruled that county authorities improperly withheld evidence in his conviction for helping to dispose of a pregnant woman's body after she'd been shot.

DEATH PENALTY

Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

Internal California prison agency records suggest the state might have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy execution drugs for lethal injection, according to documents released Tuesday by a civil liberties group.

Public records obtained by the ACLU of Northern California show that prison officials were busy in 2014 trying to find suppliers of execution drugs, which many manufacturers have refused to sell to authorities for the purpose of lethal injection.

At the time, court rulings had blocked executions, and the state planned to propose a new single-drug execution method. The last execution in California occurred in 2006.

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

Newly released documents on California’s plans to resume executions of condemned inmates show that state officials have understated the cost and the difficulty of obtaining lethal drugs and downplayed the likelihood of botched executions, the American Civil Liberties Union reported Tuesday.

Among the 12,000 documents the ACLU obtained, by court order, from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was a January 2014 email from the department’s legal adviser about an execution in Ohio in which the inmate, according to news reports, gasped and convulsed for at least 10 minutes after the fatal drugs were injected. As California studied changes in its own lethal injection procedures, the adviser, Deputy Attorney General Kelly McClease, told a prison official that the media reports were wrong and that the state shouldn’t overreact.

REALIGNMENT

IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS -- A paper published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy addresses one of the most important crime policy questions in America: Can prison populations be reduced without endangering the public?

That question was examined by researchers who tested the impact on public safety of California's dramatic efforts to comply with court-mandated targets to reduce prison overcrowding

The results showed that California's Realignment Act, passed in 2011, had no effect on aggregate violent or property crime rates in 2012, 2013 or 2014. When crime types were disaggregated, a moderately large, statistically significant association between realignment and auto theft rates was observed in 2012. By 2014, however, this effect had decayed, and auto theft rates returned to pre-realignment levels.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Paso Robles Daily News

Closed facility costs $730,000 a year to maintain according to Department of Corrections

–The North County mayors have signed a letter to the State of California expressing interest in re-purposing former El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility as a Beyond Homelessness Campus. The effort is lead by Paso Robles City Mayor Steve Martin who intends to deliver the letter to Sacramento in June.

The facility on Airport Road has been closed since July 31, 2008 and includes a medical facility, classrooms and food service area. Opened in 1947 the property was originally purchased for $8,000 and included a 40-barrack army and air base and 200 acres of land, at its peak it housed 1,000 young inmates. In 2013 the facility was proposed as a re-entry facility however the project stalled due to lack of funding.