Friday, June 24, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Amy Maginnis-Honey, Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — Erick Silva managed one of his ear-to-ear grins Thursday as he sat in the back seat of an SUV pulling out of California State Prison Solano.

Silva, 22, was getting a brief respite from running the Special Olympics torch, also known as the “Flame of Hope,” through Solano County on its way to the opening games Friday at the University of California, Davis.

With torch in hand, he ran into the prison entrance at a breakneck pace. Cheers and chants greeted him. Silva also got many hugs and posed for pictures.

Dom Pruett, The Reporter

With the Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope just one day from being lit up at the State Capital in Sacramento in the games’ opening ceremony, representatives from Solano County law enforcement and related officials proudly participated in the annual torch run Wednesday and Thursday to ensure it reaches its final destination.

“We’re proud to be apart of it,” said Suisun City Police Officer Lindsey O’Brien, who helped grab the torch from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol staff at the Suisun City Marina boat ramp Thursday morning. “It was a great experience.”

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at Pelican Bay State Prison after a decade of reforms.

A federal court-appointed receiver on Wednesday gave the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation control of inmate health care at PBSP and one another state prison, Centinela.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal

Inmates in a computer coding class at San Quentin State Prison have been building websites and applications for the past two years -- but now for the first time, some are getting paid for it.

Thanks to a joint venture agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Turn 2 You Inc., a nonprofit, has been able to employ inmates to operate a tech business behind prison walls. RebootSQ is comprised of eight offenders: seven to work as software engineers, developing real, client-driven products, and one as the project manager.

Raja Shah, KALW

The backstory to this week's show is almost as interesting as the story itself. That's because it came out of the San Quentin Prison Report, a unique collaboration between KALW and a group of inmates at San Quentin State Prison who are telling their own stories of life on the inside.

Click the player above to hear a story of forgiveness from behind prison walls. We'll also take a sonic tour of San Quentin. To get each new episode as soon as it's released, subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or Stitcher, add our RSS feed, or just search for "Bridge KALW" in your favorite podcast app.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Bob Moffitt, Capital Public

Thursday, more than 30 Sacramento prison parolees are receiving their high school equivalency certificates.

Marc Nigel is director of adult re-entry programs for the Sacramento County Office of Education.

He says the certificate is significant to the success of many parolees and their families.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Shane Bauer, Mother Jones

Have you ever had a riot?" I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

"The last riot we had was two years ago," he says over the phone.
"Yeah, but that was with the Puerto Ricans!" says a woman's voice, cutting in. "We got rid of them."