Monday, June 20, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

Kevin Walker, KPCC
California's newly-passed $122 billion budget includes more than $10 billion for the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The department, which runs the state's 35 prisons, is also getting a funding bump over the prior year – an estimated $593 million. The 5.8 percent increase would bring the department's total budget to more than $10.7 billion. That will make it the fourth highest budget in the state after K-12 education, health and human services and higher education. 

Representatives from both the state's finance department and the CDCR were unable to confirm the final budget numbers. Scott Graves with the California Budget and Policy Center said state lawmakers must still approve bonds that supplement a small portion of the CDCR's budget. He said the state's general fund would likely supply the bulk – about $10.5 billion.


Eric Risberg, Associated Press

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Father's Day came early this year at San Quentin State Prison, bringing hugs, smiles and cheer to 90 inmates at the lockup near San Francisco Bay.

A program called "Get on the Bus" brought four busloads of families from across California to see prisoners, some on death row and some with less than two years left to serve.

Each year, the state corrections agency partners with the Center for Restorative Justice Works, which provides free transportation for children to visit their incarcerated parents.


On Friday, more than a hundred children rode special buses from throughout California, and past the gates of San Quentin State Prison.

Gary Peterson, San Jose Mercury News

It was a typical father-son exchange. "I don't know what game to get," 10-year-old Jadin Davis said, surveying a table filled with activities. "You never know what game to get," said his father, Dwayne, chuckling.

The setting was far from typical. There were bars on the windows and signs on the walls: "Hands must be kept in plain view at all times."

The Get on the Bus Father's Day celebration at San Quentin, coordinated by the nonprofit Center For Restorative Justice Works, was a little bit of everything -- a sober setting, fun and games, warm greetings and tearful goodbyes.

Abby Sewell, LA Times

Reginald Murray sat next to his mother for the first time in more than a year, under the alternately bored and watchful eyes of the guards in the visitors’ room at Atascadero State Hospital.

He teased his mother about her weight; she teased her son about the scruffy beard he had grown.

They weren’t allowed to hug after the initial greeting. Instead, Murray kept reaching over to touch his mother’s arm. She made a show of being annoyed, but they were both smiling.

Elizabeth Warmerdam, Courthouse News Service

The Ninth Circuit on Friday found that a federal judge didn't check whether prison officials were complying with a consent decree about an inmate's Wiccan religion before he dismissed it.

"We are disappointed by the district court's insouciance in this case. The court committed numerous errors in terminating a consent decree that had been carefully crafted over the course of two decades," Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the majority.
California inmate William Rouser's case began in 1992 when he petitioned the California State Prison at Sacramento to recognize Wicca as a bona fide religion and give its followers the same rights accorded to inmates of other faiths.

NOTE: Salinas Valley State Prison Correctional Officer Michael Johnson was one of the honorees.

Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

The American Red Cross of the Central Coast honored 11 residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara counties on Friday at its annual Heroes Breakfast at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos.

The ceremony commended a few Santa Cruz County residents who have been in the news in the past year for their heroic acts.

“The reason we host this event each year is simple: We hope to inspire you by celebrating the local heroes who embody the spirit of the American Red Cross,” said Michael Termini, board chairman of the Red Cross of the Central Coast. Termini also serves on the Capitola City Council.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

California voters will be asked to do away with the nation's largest death row after the secretary of state's office said the repeal measure qualified for the November ballot on Friday.

A second, competing initiative to speed up executions is also expected to be certified for the ballot soon, setting up a stark choice for voters sorting through numerous initiatives.

The repeal measure would substitute life sentences with no chance of parole for nearly 750 condemned inmates while ending legal challenges that have blocked executions for a decade.

Sabra Stafford, Turlock Journal

A Turlock man convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman and who had previously been approved for a parole release before having the order revoked, has once again been denied parole.

Daniel Ray Slayter was sentenced to prison for the rape and kidnapping of a 19-year-old woman in Turlock. In 1994, Slayter approached a 19-year-old woman who was working in the office of the Brentwood Apartments in Turlock. He forced her into her car at knifepoint and made her drive to a canal bank off of Highway 140. He raped her on the canal bank and then took her car, leaving her stranded on the side of the road. He was convicted of rape, kidnapping during a carjacking, carjacking, use of a knife, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment and was sentenced to a 15-year-to life prison sentence.

Alex Mosher, USA Today

“When you come home, Dad, I want… ” Maya, 9, stops and puts her face in her hands, unable to continue.

Maya, whose father is on a 25-year sentence in a California prison, was one of the many children who was able to send her incarcerated parent a video thanks to an effort led by Google called #LoveLetters.

Created with non-profit organizations Pops the Club and Place4Grace,  the campaign helps children reach out to their fathers in prison as well as shine a light on the human toll of mass incarceration. Google partnered with criminal justice groups in a similar effort that helped children send video letters to their moms in prison for Mother's Day.

Rachel Zentz, Salinas Californian

Numerous Monterey County law enforcement agencies took part in a law enforcement operation on Friday, according to Greenfield and King City police departments.

The operation focused on public safety, gang and violent crime reduction and probation and parole compliance checks in Greenfield, King City, Soledad and Gonzales.

The Greenfield Police Department., King City PD., Soledad PD, Gonzales PD, Monterey County Probation Dept., California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CDCR Investigations Services Unit, CDCR Parole Agents, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Investigations Unit participated.