Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Margie Shafer, CBS

VACAVILLE (KCBS) — A dry patch of soil on land inside a prison in Vacaville is being transformed into a drought-tolerant garden in part of a prison program intended to transform inmates’ lives through connection to nature.

Down the main line, past the concrete walls at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, a select group of men plant seedlings outside.

Across the prison yard, Cornell Bevans points out how the men are segregated based on color in the garden you have to trust and work together.

“We’ve got tools.  That’s not something you normally feel comfortable with around another inmate. Usually we use tools to do something negative, but this is doing something positive,” Bevans said.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Do American prisoners suffer from environmental discrimination?
Cara Bayles, The Atlantic

Glenn Towery had already served 11 years for stealing a car at gunpoint when he was transferred to Kern Valley State Prison in 2009. Riding up I-5 to the San Joaquin Valley, 150 miles north of his native Los Angeles, he probably smelled the sulfuric odor of industrial cow lots. But once he arrived, he would inhale something worse: a fungus that might kill him.

Towery complained of flu-like symptoms for a year before he was diagnosed. He’d wake coated in sweat. “It feels like something heavy is on my chest,” he told one nurse. Eventually, doctors found that he had an enlarged heart. A test revealed he had valley fever.

For the majority of people, valley fever, a disease brought on by breathing in fungus spores native to the desert dust of the southwestern United States, is harmless. But in 40 percent of the population, the disease can cause sore throats and muscle aches, and if the infection spreads, skin ulcers, bone legions, even inflammation of the heart or brain. Its severity varies by race: Black patients are 14 times more likely than white patients to suffer complications; Filipinos are 175 times more likely.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Scott Schwebke, OC Register

ANAHEIM – Austin Barry stood outside of the Honda Center on Tuesday looking for a little redemption and a job.

Just eight days out of prison for a robbery conviction, the 24-year-old Mission Viejo resident was among 200 former offenders who attended the Orange County Re-entry Resource Fair, which connected felons with employment opportunities, legal advice and drug-treatment programs.

“I’m looking for a fresh start, which is kind of hard for any person with a record,” said Barry, who served a 2 1/2-year sentence at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.