Thursday, June 9, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips



California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at a fourth state prison as it works to end a decade of federal control.

A federal court-appointed receiver this week gave the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation control of inmate health care at California Correctional Institution.

The prison houses more than 3,600 medium- and maximum-security inmates near Tehachapi, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

Lacey Peterson, The Union Democrat

A 65-year-old woman is facing two to four years in Tuolumne County Jail for trying to smuggle drugs into Sierra Conservation Center.

She looks like someone’s grandmother, with a walker and puppy dogs on her shirt.

However, it’s the sad truth of many cases that involve friends and family of inmates who bring drugs into jail out of some misguided loyalty, said Bill Sessa, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Sacramento.

Pretty much every weekend visitors try to bring drugs, tobacco or cell phones into the statewide prison system, he said.



SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) - Officials say an inmate at a prison on California's Central Coast is dead after he was assaulted by two other inmates.

They said Wednesday that 38-year-old Isaiah Williams died at an outside hospital about an hour after he was attacked with inmate-made weapons on Tuesday.

Salinas Valley State Prison guards used irritating chemicals and fired one shot from a rifle to stop the assault.