Thursday, June 2, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Amy Miller, 42, of Folsom, has been appointed associate director of female offender programs and services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has served as associate director of reception center institutions since 2014. Miller served in several positions at California State Prison, Centinela from 2010 to 2014, including warden, chief deputy warden and associate warden and was a correctional officer there from 1999 to 2000.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Jim Schultz, Redding Record Searchlight

The 26-year-old man sentenced last year to three years in prison for starting the 2014 Boles Fire in Weed that destroyed 157 buildings — most of them homes — has been released from prison after serving his time.

Ronald Beau Marshall was released April 11 from California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections said Wednesday.

He was released to the Siskiyou County Probation Office under AB 109 provisions, but where he's living has not been disclosed.

Cassie Carlisle, KERO

TEHACHAPI, Calif. - James Stadler, 39, was found dead in his cell in California Correctional Institution Tehachapi Wednesday, according to the coroner.

He was found at 2:33 p.m. hanging in his cell. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.

Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

Everett Joseph Jewett has been engaged in a fruitless legal attack on the Shasta County jail for a long time. His first federal complaint – printed by hand on a court form – was filed Dec. 18, 2006, in Sacramento.

Acting as his own lawyer, he has struggled with an arcane judicial system in a campaign against the county’s resistance to accommodations for inmates with disabilities.

Like most prisoners who represent themselves, Jewett hit a brick wall made up of his marginal understanding of statutory and case law, the rules of civil procedure and the daunting task of communicating with the court through layers of penal authorities.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Lindsey Holden, The Tribune

The California Men’s Colony ended its nearly weeklong “modified program” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, after officials discontinued a search for contraband items.

CMC inmates had been allowed limited movement, and only with a staff escort, since about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Monica Ayon, a CMC spokeswoman.

Staff at the facility, which is on Highway 1 just outside San Luis Obispo, on Wednesday received an anonymous tip that inmates allowed outside on fire crews had allegedly brought contraband into CMC, Ayon said.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Ryan McCarthy, The Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — State parole arrested sex offender Demetris Juarez last week at a Cement Hill Road group home on suspicion of a parole violation, Fairfield police said Tuesday.

Juarez, 79, is in custody, according to Fairfield police.

Luis Patino, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the department’s Division of Adult Parole Operations arrested Juarez pending investigation of a potential parole violation.

REALIGNMENT

Dan Turkel, Business Insider

Since 2011, California has taken radical steps to address its prison-overcrowding crisis by enacting a series of laws meant to reduce the state's prison population.

California's plan, the centerpiece of which was the Public Safety Realignment Act in 2011, has been maligned by critics who believed the realignment would cause a spike in crime — or at least not deliver the promised financial savings.

In 2012, a year after the passage of the act, California's state senate Republican caucus wrote that it had proved to be anything but safe.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

CSUF News

Before becoming a Titan, Susan Cane discovered the pleasures of helping others strive for serenity and live in the moment.

“After learning meditation and the study of mindfulness, I began teaching classes and enjoyed helping others find greater peace in their lives,” said Cane, the recipient of the 2016 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Betty Robertson Award. “I then began volunteering in several areas, including helping victims of child abuse by becoming a parent teacher for the families.”

She received training through Orange County Social Services and volunteered at the California Institution for Women in Chino for three years.

OPINION

Debra J. Saunders, SF Gate

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly — in jail.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the ACLU estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.

When individuals commit crimes that endanger public safety, they forfeit their civil rights upon conviction. The National Conference of State Legislatures notes that the concept of “civil death” goes back to the Greeks and Romans. In some states — Florida, Iowa — convicted felons are permanently disenfranchised. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently made news by suspending permanent disenfranchisement by temporary order. No need for that in California. In 1976, voters amended the Constitution to end the permanent disenfranchisement of felons. The California Constitution now reads: The Legislature “shall provide for the disqualification of electors while mentally incompetent or imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony.”