Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

CBS 13 News

REPRESA (CBS13) – Authorities say four correctional officers at California State Prison, Sacramento were injured after an inmate attacked them Tuesday morning.

The incident happened a little after 9:30 a.m. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, inmate Maurice Miles first punched an officer who was trying to get him to go into his cell.

More officers rushed in to help. Three more officers were hurt during the ensuing struggle: one officer was stabbed in the arm and shoulder by an inmate-made weapon, another officer was head-butted, while another officer suffered a fractured right wrist.

Union Democrat

About 100 people and law enforcement officers from Tuolumne County gathered Tuesday afternoon for the Tuolumne County Peace Officer’s Memorial at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

There were officers from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, Sonora Police Department, Sierra Conservation Center and California Highway Patrol. The District Attorney’s Office, county supervisors and county administrators were also in attendance.

The Sierra Conservation Center Color Guard conducted a flag ceremony and 21-gun salute. The SCC Chaplain Greg Elam also performed an opening and closing prayer.

Ali Tadayon, The Press Enterprise

A man was busted Sunday, May 15, for flying a drone over the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco.

The drone was spotted by prison personnel about 9 p.m. Sunday night, said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Joe Orlando. The prison borders the Naval Surface Warfare Center, where it is illegal to fly a drone without permission. All military installations are designated drone no-fly zones according to Federal Aviation Administration laws.

David Sneed, The Tribune

A combination of drought conditions and a reduced inmate population at the California Men’s Colony has left the county’s Dairy Creek Golf Course critically short of water and golfers.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday told parks staff to explore a variety of options for continued operation of the Dairy Creek course, including installing a water storage pond at the course and investing up to $485,000 in general fund revenues annually to keep the course open.

“This board is going to have to step up,” Supervisor Bruce Gibson said. “Golf teaches us a set of values and offers an athletic opportunity.”

abc News 10

A prison guard spoke exclusively to 10News about risking his safety to expose corruption inside Donovan State Prison.

Albert Limon said he filed a complaint in 2010 when he claimed another guard bragged about stealing cash and gift cards from inmates.

The complaint was leaked, which made Limon fear for his safety. He then changed job assignments and drove a prison bus across the state.

DEATH PENALTY

Jeremy B. White, The Sacramento Bee

With emotional appeals and celebrity testimonials on both sides, Tuesday hearings on California’s death penalty previewed an incendiary debate should the issue land on the November ballot.

Dueling ballot initiatives would either nix capital punishment or reinforce the death penalty by expediting cases. Neither has yet garnered enough signatures to go before voters, but both measures have drawn enough support to trigger mandatory legislative hearings.

Frank Stoltze,, KPCC

Under new rules proposed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, prison officials would be allowed to manufacture barbituates to carry out the death penalty at its own compounding pharmacies, immunizing prison officials from the growing problem of pharmaceutical companies refusing to sell lethal drugs for the purpose of killing the condemned.

Last week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it would no longer allow states to buy its drugs to put people to death.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

She was supposed to be the first person to receive sex-reassignment surgery inside an American prison. The prison had other plans.
Annie Brown, California Sunday Magazine

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy lay on her back on the top metal bunk, her arm hanging off the side, holding a long rod of tightly rolled newspapers. She aimed it at the TV she’d bought at commissary and poked the up button: NBC. Down: Fox. Behind a sheet, her roommate filled the sink, lifted water to his armpits, lathered, and rinsed.

Michelle lingered on the Channel 2 Evening News, volume on low, and her eyes drifted to the wall beside the TV. There, next to a blessing in Hebrew, she’d taped the paperwork from her pending lawsuit, including the complaint she wrote in the law library: Michelle-Lael B. Norsworthy v. Jeffrey Beard, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, et al.

'The Return,' a new documentary from Berkeley filmmakers, follows California prisoners set free by Proposition 36.
Lou Fancher, East Bay Express

The Return, a compelling documentary by Berkeley filmmakers Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway, answers one question with poignant vividness: What happens when a person formerly sentenced to life in prison is suddenly liberated?

For "lifers" caught in California's prohibitive "Three Strikes" drug law — predominantly men and disproportionately people of color — the exit from society was fierce and abrupt. But after the passage of Proposition 36 amended the law in 2012, thousands of people sentenced to life in California prisons for nonviolent drug offenses qualified for release. Rentry, however, is anything but swift.

Marcos Breton, The Sacramento Bee

Ricardo Lemus will give the commencement address to fellow graduates at Sacramento City College on Wednesday, a milestone in the transformation of a young man who occupied a prison cell not long ago.

His speech is entitled “We Persevere.”

Graduation days are typically awash in tears, but the tears for Lemus – likely shed by his family, friends, professors and counselors – will not only be for his recent achievements.

Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

LA SELVA BEACH >> Santa Cruz County elections leaders visited Rountree Detention Center, Santa Cruz Main Jail and Blaine Street Women’s Jail this month to register inmates for the June 7 election.

Helen Ruiz-Thomas, a Santa Cruz County elections program coordinator, said she annually visits the facilities to explain voting eligibility rules and deliver election materials.