Monday, June 27, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Ankita Bhanot, NBC

As part of an effort to help inmates become more prepared for life outside prison walls, a joint venture program will now be paying inmates at San Quentin for their technical work.

Turn 2 U, a non-profit organization designed to teach inmates coding and entrepreneurship skills, is partnering with the California Prison Industry Authority to help inmates gain employable skills and an income before they are released, according to a news release.

The organization has created partnerships with about eight companies that have agreed to outsource their coding jobs to the inmates of San Quentin. Turn 2 U’s design is based on the idea that the training courses will give prisoners experience that will help them re-enter a tech-dominant job market.

Fox 5 News

POTRERO, Calif. - Firefighters entering their seventh day battling the Border Fire say they have contained 75 percent of the 7,600-acre wildfire that leveled homes and forced widespread evacuations in the far southern reaches of San Diego County.

As of 6 a.m., there were 1,771 personnel on the scene, including 57 hand crews, 10 helicopters, 23 water tenders, 130 fire engines and four bulldozers, according to Cal Fire. Officials say no structures are currently threatened.

The cause of the fire, which erupted last Sunday morning near state Routes 94 and 188 just north of the U.S.-Mexico line, was under investigation.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Nearly 50 K-9 teams are deployed statewide
Mike Hart, abc 23

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - There are 50 K-9 teams patrolling 34 adult prisons in California, along with state facilities, county jails, prison properties and various agencies statewide who request assistance.

And, it wasn't that long ago, there were just six dogs.

That was about six years ago.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation went on the offensive in the search for illegal contraband behind bars, by positioning the K-9's across the state, to enhance 'human' search efforts that have been going on since the first cell door slammed shut.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Sarah Linn, The Tribune

Over the course of eight years, Poetic Justice Project actors have played prison inmates, ex-cons, farm hands, even aliens.

But they’ve never portrayed themselves on stage — before now.

The original one-act play “Time Will Tell,” which premieres this week, features six formerly incarcerated cast members sharing stories about their experiences behind bars and on the outside in their own words.

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post

As many as 12,000 prison inmates will be able to use federal Pell grants to finance college classes next month, despite a 22-year congressional ban on providing financial aid to prisoners.

The Obama administration selected 67 colleges and universities Thursday for the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, an experiment to help prisoners earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while incarcerated. The schools will work with more than 100 federal and state penitentiaries to enroll inmates who qualify for Pell, a form of federal aid that covers tuition, books and fees for college students with financial need. Prisoners must be eligible for release within five years of enrolling in coursework.