Friday, June 17, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Children will visit their incarcerated fathers for Father’s Day
Rachel Cohrs, The Sacramento Bee

Children of inmates will get to visit their fathers this morning at San Quentin State Prison for an early Father’s Day celebration. The joint effort between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Los Angeles-based Center for Restorative Justice Works will bus the kids and their caretakers to visit their incarcerated parents for a full day of face painting, games and family time. 

Afterwards, the children receive teddy bears and letters written by their fathers to read on the bus ride home.

California death row inmate, convicted of murder, found dead
Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

A California inmate on death row convicted of shooting to death a high school vice principal at his home during a robbery died of unknown causes on Thursday, prison officials said.

Gilbert Rubio, 55, was found unresponsive during a morning security check of his single-inmate cell at San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

Firefighters train before heat wave arrives
Aida Chavez, The Signal

Flames that charred dry hillsides around Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic on Thursday weren’t the real thing — yet. 

But with temperatures due to spike some 30 degrees this weekend, the wildfires charging up hills and threatening homes could be very real very soon, fire officials said.

Four inmate hand crews from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation joined Fire Department crews from Los Angeles and Ventura counties and Los Angeles city to conduct prescribed burns through hillsides above the detention center.

Coroner's report reveals contents of Lawrence Phillips' suicide note
The No. 6 overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft died in January after hanging himself
John Breech, CBS Sports

Five months after Lawrence Phillips was found dead inside of his prison cell, authorities in California have finally determined what exactly happened at Kern Valley State Prison on Jan. 13.

According to the final coroner's report, which was obtained by USA Today, Phillips hanged himself with a bed sheet that had been ripped in half. The sheet was knotted and tied around his neck.

Tehachapi prison inmate death under investigation
Justin Burton, ABC 23

TEHACHAPI, Calif. - A Tehachapi prison inmate's death is under investigation by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Cody Miller, 25, of Tehachapi was found dead in his cell at the California Correctional Institution at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, according to the Kern County Coroner's Office. An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause and manner of death.

Man Who Pleaded Guilty in Dystiny Myers Slaying Dies In State Prison
Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County

A man who pleaded guilty for his role in the brutal killing of Dystiny Myers died in state prison, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Cody Lane Miller, 25, died Saturday in his cell at California Correctional Institution, Tehachapi, according to corrections spokeswoman Krissi Khokhobashvili. 

REALIGNMENT

Santa Clara County's budget continues to grow, but officials wary of downturn
Eric Kurhi, The Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- Santa Clara County will finalize a $6.1 billion budget on Friday that will replace staffing lost in the last recession and pour money into neglected county projects.
The proposed budget is a nearly 9 percent increase over last year's $5.6 billion spending plan, something County Executive Jeff Smith said is due to a tax windfall from skyrocketing property values, more state and federal funds related to health care as well as internal savings from unfilled staff positions. The budget has grown steadily over the past five years.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

SF State to lead effort to expand college access for the incarcerated
$500,000 grant will fund Project Rebound programs at seven additional CSU campuses
Jonathan Morales, SF State News

San Francisco State University will lead a statewide effort to expand college access for formerly incarcerated individuals, the University announced today.
Seven California State University campuses — Bakersfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego — will establish programs modeled after SF State's Project Rebound. Established in 1967 by the late Dr. John Irwin, a formerly incarcerated individual who became an SF State sociology professor and internationally recognized advocate for prisoners’ rights, the program helps those who have spent time in jail or prison earn college degrees, drastically reducing the likelihood they will return to incarceration.