Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

KALW

For the past six years, inmates and staff at San Quentin State Prison have raised $40,000 for the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation by holding walkathons inside the prison gates. SQPR reporter Earlonne Woods tells us why they walk.

Lyndsay Winkley, The San Diego Union-Tribune

LA MESA — For years after his first born son was slain in a drive-by shooting on a La Mesa freeway, Xusha Brown spent sleepless nights agonizing over whether his son's killer would be brought to justice.

With help from his tribe, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, and law enforcement, Brown and family members put together a $100,000 reward for information. Freeway signs were erected in his son’s memory, but the case remained unsolved. It was hard to remain hopeful, he said.

Fox News

Firefighters have been working tirelessly since Friday, July 22, to contain the Sand Fire raging near Santa Clarita, California.

The fire has burned more than 30,000 acres and is at 10 percent containment. At least 18 homes have been destroyed, officials said, and evacuations are still in place.

Thousands of other structures were in jeopardy, including Wildlife Waystation, an animal refuge in Angeles National Forest.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Rachel Cohrs, The Sacramento Bee

Nearly 20 ex-convicts who had been drug addicts, gangbangers and prostitutes strained their eyes in an attempt to grasp the colorful, intricate diagram scribbled on the whiteboard.

On a Sunday afternoon in Oakland, the group gathered with community organizers to discuss mass incarceration in a small, fluorescent-lit office tucked in a strip mall.

Brandon Sturdivant, an advocate with the faith-based network Oakland Community Organizations, pointed at the board that described the impacts of Proposition 47. Specifically, he singled out one number: $67 million.

Matthias Gafni, East Bay Times

As stories multiply about Pokémon-related robberies, engrossed gamers walking off cliffs and morbid discoveries, parents and law enforcement have begun to pay more attention to potential pitfalls of the wildly popular Pokémon Go. The Bay Area News Group decided to explore one such danger zone using the Megan's Law sex offender database.

BANG recently sent out a team of reporters armed with the Pokémon Go app to a random selection of sex offenders' residences in various cities -- as registered on the publicly accessible Megan's Law website -- to find out just how close the players get.

CBS

SOLANO COUNTY (CBS13) – A sexually violent predator looking to move to Marysville will have to stay in Solano County.

Today in court, Fraisure Smith was ordered to continue his search for suitable housing in the area.

Smith was released from a state hospital and has been moving from motel to motel, looking for a permanent residence, which was ordered by a judge. Smith is to temporarily stay at hotels and motels around Solano County.

Kailey Martinez-Ramage, The Daily California

Berkeley City Council voted July 19 to adopt a resolution calling on the city to divest from private prisons and to send a letter to the city’s business partners requesting them to do the same.

During City Council’s regular meeting, a resolution proposed by Councilmember Kriss Worthington was passed to appeal to the city of Berkeley to divest from the private prison industry. According to Worthington, the resolution would first require the city’s finance department to evaluate the potential consequences on Berkeley’s economy from divesting in private prisons before acting.

OPINION

Thomas D. Elias, Los Angeles Daily News

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown could hide behind the fig leaf of a federal court order in turning tens of thousands of convicts loose in a program he called “prison realignment.”

Prisons lost almost one-third of their occupants to county jails and streets all around the state. Most of those released or paroled were so-called “minor” criminals; very few rapists, murderers or armed robbers have won early releases.