Monday, July 11, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal

“Men in rage strike those that wish them best.”

That line from “Othello” has a tragic resonance for Dameion Brown, a recently released state prison inmate who’s been cast in the title role of the murderous Moorish general in this season’s Marin Shakespeare production at Dominican University.

In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, in a fit of jealousy, strangles his beloved wife, Desdemona, before killing himself. In 1993, Brown was convicted of torturing his then 3-year-old daughter and severely beating three of his other five children. After being locked up for 23 years, he was paroled from Solano State Prison last summer. Through the troubled character he’ll play on stage, Brown has gained insights into the dark parts of himself that plagued him in his troubled past and hurt those closest to him.

Golf Course Industry

In a case of inadvertent cause and effect, a decrease in water use at a California prison is drastically reducing the supply of irrigation water on a nearby golf course and jeopardizing its future.

In a case of inadvertent cause and effect, a decrease in water use at a California prison is drastically reducing the supply of irrigation water on a nearby golf course and jeopardizing its future.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Key Budge, Tehachapi News

Inmates at the California Correctional Institution were asked if they would like to symbolically walk the prison yard at the same time people on the outside walked laps around the track at Coy Burnett Stadium in Tehachapi to support Relay for Life.

A total of 644 inmates said “yes,” and raised $1,053.06 for the fight against cancer.

Warden Kim Holland expressed interest in offering the inmates a chance to participate in Relay for Life as a form of rehabilitation after hearing about it at a CCI Civilian Advisory Committee meeting. She said she wants the inmates to participate in programs that give them a chance to give back to the community.

Diana Dickinson, The Daily Progress

A package allegedly containing methamphetamine and marijuana was seized from a Tulsa parcel delivery service last week, resulting in three arrests in Rogers County.

Tulsa Police Department (TPD) Corporal Mike Griffin said his narcotics K-9, Jake, was performing drug interdiction work on parcels and had a positive alert on a package headed to Claremore. Griffin obtained a search warrant to open the package and verify its contents.

“The first thing I saw was the marijuana and thought there was more beneath it. But when I looked under it, I was pretty shocked to see a half-pound of meth,” he said.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Sean Dooley, Tess Scott, Christina NG and Lauren Effron, NBC News

Looking at Jaycee Dugard today, you would never know that this seemingly carefree woman, laughing and singing along to the car radio, endured nearly two decades of unimaginable horrors.

"I feel like I have lived a lot of lifetimes," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive television interview.

Dugard was 11 when she was kidnapped by Phillip and Nancy Garrido in 1991 near her Lake Tahoe, California, home. She was held captive for 18 years and gave birth to two daughters, fathered by Phillip Garrido, while she was their prisoner.

ABC 10

For 18 years, she proved to be the ultimate survivor.

Then, at age of 29, Jaycee Dugard walked into a contra costa county investigator's office...she was finally free from years of rape and torture.

Dugard’s new book, “Freedom: My Book of Firsts,” releases Tuesday, July 12.  Jaycee sat down with Diane Sawyer for an interview that aired Friday night on ABC10.

Reese Erlich, KQED

In the play “The Box,” a prisoner offers a soliloquy on why inmates end up in solitary confinement.

“We’re the guys they don’t know how to deal with. We comport ourselves with a little too much dignity. The guards hate that. They put us here to break us down. Guys come in acting tough, can’t bear the pressure. Things get ugly, infractions pile up, which means more time in the hole.”

“The Box,” which opens in San Francisco July 8, starkly portrays the lives of inmates who have violent pasts but demand to be treated as human beings. The play is written by Sarah Shourd, one of the three hikers seized at the Iraq-Iran border and held in a Tehran prison. Shourd spent 410 days in solitary confinement. She was released from Iran in 2010, co-authored a book on her experiences and soon began work on the play.

OPINION

Sal Rodriguez, The OC Register

Violent crime rose 10 percent and property crime rose 8 percent across California last year, according to a report by the state’s attorney general. Though significant, such an increase actually tells us little about what caused it, and even less about what to do about it.

We have seen significant increases in crime before. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its prison population, citing concerns with overcrowding. The state responded with Assembly Bill 109, known as “realignment,” which shifted responsibility for non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual offenders to the county level.