Friday, July 1, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown again blocked parole Thursday for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, discounting claims that the double murderer intended to enter the federal witness protection program.

The governor similarly rejected parole for Rene "Boxer" Enriquez last year after concluding he is at risk of being killed if he is freed. His release also would endanger those around him who might be caught in the crossfire, the governor said in his latest decision.

David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown’s constitutional amendment to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole qualified for the November ballot on Thursday – the statutory deadline – after a harried signature-gathering effort and intervention from the California Supreme Court.

The measure’s qualification, the 15th for the fall ballot, followed a Supreme Court ruling earlier this month overturning a bid to block the measure on procedural grounds.


State’s inmates form crews to fight wildfires
Hector Gonzalez, Moorpark Acorn

Shouting in the dorm room startled Ventura fire camp inmate Luiz Galvez awake around 3 a.m. on a recent Thursday.

Still groggy, he slipped on his Nomex, a fire-resistant protective undergarment, put on the rest of his gear, stuffed his feet into boots and plodded, barely awake, outside onto a waiting bus.

An hour later, the 21-year-old Riverside man serving a three-year sentence for robbery was within feet of 7-foot-high flames, working methodically alongside other fire camp inmates to cut a defensible line around the Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara.

“It’s like standing next to a bonfire,” said Galvez, an expert on the chainsaw, who completed a four-week basic training course at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Service’s James Town facility in Sonora.


Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Josephine Gastelo, 48, of Atascadero, has been appointed warden at the California Men’s Colony, where she has been acting warden since 2015 and has served in several positions since 2007, including chief deputy warden, associate warden and correctional business manager. She held several positions at Pleasant Valley State Prison from 1994 to 2007, including staff services manager, associate governmental program analyst and staff services analyst. She was a staff services analyst at North Kern State Prison from 1993 to 1994 and held several positions at California State Prison, Corcoran from 1988 to 1993, including personnel specialist and office assistant. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,440. Gastelo is a Democrat.


Last week, AEI sent a small team to the Bay Area to survey innovative programs that empower and reintegrate prisoners, the formerly incarcerated, and those at-risk of entering the criminal justice system.

Led by education policy studies resident fellow Gerard Robinson, we interviewed leaders in the nonprofit, business, and public sectors to discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what policymakers and philanthropists can do to improve outcomes for some of the most marginalized in our society today.

Parent Herald

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.


Joe Truskot, The Salinas Californian

Earlier this week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state budget that includes a $10.8 million funding increase for the California Arts Council.

“This funding is very good news for everyone in California,” said Paulette Lynch, executive director of the Arts Council of Monterey County, “and certainly potentially great news for Monterey County.”

This investment will extend the capacity of the California Arts Council to meet the needs and demand for arts programs benefiting diverse communities across the state, the Council stated. The budget includes a $6.8 million one-time increase for the Arts Council and an additional $4 million ongoing allocation for the state’s Arts in Corrections program.