Monday, May 23, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coroner has revised the cause of death of a mentally ill California inmate, saying the man died of natural causes instead of a condition that resulted from a lack of nourishment.

Two pathologists initially found that 49-year-old Michael Stanley Galliher died in August from complications of inanition, defined as an exhausted condition resulting from lack of nourishment.

Records obtained by The Associated Press under a public records act request show Galliher was afraid to eat solid food at California Medical Facility in Vacaville because "he had delusions that his food was being poisoned."

OPINION

Lauren Krisai, OC Register

President Obama and his administration have recently highlighted the necessity of criminal justice reform, emphasizing the need for better re-entry programs. Noting that there are hundreds of thousands of people released from prisons every year, Obama stated, “We need to ensure that they are prepared to re-enter society and become productive, contributing members of their families and communities – and maybe even role models.”

California should take note.

Despite being called the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CDCR doesn’t have a great track record for rehabilitating inmates. Indeed, over half of all inmates released from a California prison in 2010 returned to prison within three years. It’s clear California has a lot of work to ensure former prisoners successfully re-enter society and do not return to prison.