Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Scott Carpenter, The Union Democrat

Inmates at the Sierra Conservation Center soon will be eligible for federal grants to attend classes taught by Columbia College professors.

The program, announced late last week, is a pilot for the U.S. Department of Education and 67 schools across the nation.

Columbia College has worked with the prison to offer courses from art history to speech since last fall.

Amy Maginnis-Honey, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — Representatives from law enforcement, education and the community attended a screening of “Zero Percent,” Monday at Solano Community College.

The film was shot inside New York’s Sing Sing Correctional Facility and focused on Hudson Link’s college degree program that started at the prison.

Sean Pica, executive director of Hudson Link, who was in the area to speak at San Quentin’s graduation, touted the importance of a college education.

Razi Syed, The Fresno Bee

An associate warden at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla was arrested Monday on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said.

Travis Wright, 45, of Coarsegold, was taken into custody Monday morning and booked on several sex-related offenses, the sheriff’s office said. The crimes are not related to his position with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Wright is not suspected of having committed any crimes at the prison.

Christina Fan, abc

MADERA, Calif. (KFSN) -- An associate warden at the Central California Women's Facility is now facing child sex abuse charges after a two-month long investigation.

For the past several years at the facility Travis Wright has watched over inmates, but on Monday he found himself on the other side of those bars.

Madera County Sheriff's deputies arrested 44-year-old Wright for several counts of sexual abuse. The charges resulted after a two-month investigation into crimes that happened more than 15 years ago.

Cal State LA

Cal State LA is one of several dozen universities across the nation selected to participate in an Obama Administration pilot program to allow incarcerated students to pursue bachelor's degrees and receive Pell Grants to help pay for their education, federal officials announced Friday.

The goal of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program is to help reduce recidivism rates and make communities safer by educating incarcerated Americans so they can receive jobs and support their families after they are released from prison. Under the program, 67 universities and colleges will partner with more than 141 federal and state penal institutions to educate 12,000 students.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: In 1987 or ’88, James Evans of Citrus Heights was convicted of killing his girlfriend. What ever happened with the case? Is James still incarcerated?

Mike, Fair Oaks

A: James Allen Evans remains in prison for the Aug. 26, 1986 slaying of 18-year-old Andrea Lynne Ross of Carmichael.

Great Big Story (CNN)

In a state devastated by an ongoing drought and seasonal wildfires, a select group of female inmates are doing their part to give back to California and save lives in the process. Fire crews made up of 200 women who are nonviolent offenders are being trained by professionals to fight the blazes, and it’s making a difference.