Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Tiffany Camhi, KQED

Every Tuesday at six in the morning, members of the San Jose-based Red Ladder Theatre Company meet at the San Jose Caltrain station to drive about 90 minutes Southeast to Soledad, Calif. They meet early to make sure they have enough time to get ready for a three-hour improvisation class they teach at Salinas Valley State Prison — a maximum security facility where the state houses some of what it considers to be its most dangerous prisoners.

Red Ladder Director Karen Altree Piemme says the spontaneity of improvisation helps prisoners expand their sense of what’s possible. “In order for them to live a different life than the one that was handed to them they have to be able to imagine it first,” Altree Piemme says. “That’s what we’re giving them the opportunity to do through this process.”

Julie Unruh, WGN

Rehabilitating the prison population: What's the best approach? Where do you begin?

One California man is trying and he starts with a stretch and some deep breaths.

James Fox is the founder of Prison Yoga Project. He wants meditation and centering to transform inmates so they are calmer behind bars and capable of coping better after they are released.

James is doing it with yoga at San Quentin State Prison. And he wondered why it wouldn't work at the Cook County Jail too.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Adam Randall, Daily Journal

Another state prison inmate from Mendocino County has been found eligible for parole, and is among a list of others who will go before the Board of Parole this summer.

On June 10, a California Department of Corrections Board of Parole panel granted Steven Craig Crump’s parole suitability request.

At the end of May, Robert James McNutt, formerly of Laytonville and serving a 23 years-to-life sentence at Solano State Prison for second-degree murder, was also found suitable for parole.

John Myers, The Los Angeles Times

The sister of Sharon Tate, the actress murdered by followers of Charles Manson during a brutal two-day rampage across Los Angeles in 1969, had hoped to see California Gov. Jerry Brown in person on Monday.

“Let him look into our eyes, feel our pain,” Debra Tate said as she stood in the hallway outside Brown’s office in the state Capitol.

Instead, Tate met with two top Brown aides and left them with copies of an online petition signed by some 139,000 people that urges the governor to deny parole to a former member of the Manson cult, Leslie Van Houten.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

B. Wayne Hughes Jr., The Modesto Bee

As a person of faith, I believe in the power of forgiveness. As an American, I believe in giving an individual an opportunity to redeem their life. As a business leader, I see that when a person experiences a “rebirth,” it’s a great investment.

For too long our criminal justice system hasn’t placed much stock in the power of redemption or rehabilitation. Here’s why: California, over the past 30 years, has enacted extreme sentencing laws that have emphasized prison expansion over rehabilitation. Our state increased prison spending by 1,500 percent, built 22 additional prisons and passed more than 1,000 new crime laws, most of which mandated long sentences. Bloated prison spending has depleted budgets, increased recidivism, and destroyed families and communities.

Dom Pruett, The Reporter

The Special Olympics’ iconic Flame of Hope will make its first appearance in Solano County today when local law enforcement personnel join competing athletes in the games’ time-honored torch run.

The route, which spans over 30 miles in two days, starts at 8 a.m. in Benicia, and will follow with stops in Suisun, Fairfield, Vacaville, and eventually Dixon, where it ends.