Friday, June 3, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Inmates earn construction, carpentry certificates at Folsom prison
Kristina Khokhobashvili, Folsom Telegraph

The hard work of 67 female offenders was celebrated Thursday, Mat 26, as Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) and the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) hosted a graduation for women who earned certificates in trades traditionally dominated by men.

“Today is truly a day of celebrating accomplishments,” FWF Associate Warden Tracy Johnson told the crowd assembled for the graduation. “The fact that you are here today being recognized for your accomplishments is an indicator that you’ve really made a positive choice in your life and you’re a much better person than you were when you first arrived at prison.”

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Adam Randall, Ukiah Daily Journal

A Mendocino County man convicted of second-degree murder in December 1990 was deemed suitable for parole last week by a California Department of Corrections Board of Parole panel.

Robert James McNutt, 55, previously of Leggett, was formally sentenced to 23 years to life in January 1991 in the shooting death of Ralph Daeschner, 39, of Leggett. McNutt is currently being held at Solano State Prison in Vacaville.

McNutt’s May 25 hearing was his fourth subsequent parole hearing, not including his initial hearing, according to Luis Patino, CDCR spokesman.

OPINION

Robert E. Rubin, The New York Times

I recently gave a talk at the state prison in San Quentin, Calif. At the event, a former inmate said, “I don’t understand why over the 18-year period of my incarceration, over $900,000 was paid to keep me in prison. But when I was paroled, I was given $200 and told ‘good luck.’ ”

He’s right. For our economy to succeed, we need to equip every American to be effective in the national work force. But the more than 600,000 people who leave prison every year are not getting the support they need. That fails them and fails the economy for all of us.

Ray Brown, Opposing Views

When California decided to release thousands of nonviolent prisoners, not only did the state save millions of dollars on incarceration, but crime rates didn't rise, according to a new study.

California's Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 sought to give thousands of nonviolent prisoners early release in an attempt to reduce prison overcrowding and save tax dollars on mass incarceration. The program was maligned by critics, who believed it would lead to an increase in crime and, despite its name, reduce public safety, according to Business Insider.