Friday, August 19, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Lyndsay Winkley, The San Diego Union Tribune

OTAY MESA — A 33-year-old prison inmate is accused of spitting on and punching a prison guard and then attacking three other guards who tried to intervene Wednesday afternoon, prison officials said.

Charles Morgan is suspected of attacking the first guard at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa about 2 p.m., said Lt. Philip Bracamonte, with the state’s corrections and rehabilitation department. When another guard approached, Morgan hit her in the face. She was knocked to the ground and hit the back of her head.

Fox News

In late 2012 photography professor Nigel Poor was making a routine visit to San Quentin State Prison.

She was collaborating on an image interpretation project with incarcerated students. That's when San Quentin Public Information Officer Sam Robinson pulled out a box and uncovered thousands of images documenting the prison's history and life behind bars.

Chelcey Adami, The Californian

The City of Soledad continues its long-standing fight to have the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations pay for improvements to its waste water treatment plant in the form of a $1.1 million claim for an alleged breach of contract.

The legal action is a result of dispute going on for more than a decade as to whether CDCR should reimburse the city for work performed on the waste water treatment services since the prison uses the city’s sewage system.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Hui-Yong Yu, Bloomberg

The U.S. Justice Department halted a decade-long experiment of hiring private companies to help manage the soaring prison population, sending shares of facility operators Corrections Corp. of America and GEO Group Inc. plunging.

Corrections Corp. fell 35 percent to $17.57 at the close of trading, the real estate investment trust’s biggest drop since its initial public offering in 1997. GEO Group plummeted 40 percent to $19.51, also the largest decline in its 22-year history as a publicly traded company. The stocks pared losses of about 50 percent as analysts said the impact may be less severe than initially expected. Corrections Corp. climbed to $18.85 in after-hours trading after saying that today’s decision relates to facilities that represent just 7 percent of its business. GEO Group rose to $20.72.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will phase out the use of privately operated prisons with the goal of ultimately ending contracts with them, according to an order today from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Private prisons “simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs and resources” and “do not save substantially on costs,” and there’s less need for such facilities as the federal prison population declines, she said.

Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee

A youth correctional officer for the state has been arrested on numerous charges, including felony vehicular manslaughter following a fatal crash last month on Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove.

Rajnel Nath, 39, of Elk Grove was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of Jeffrey Fields, 63, of Elk Grove. Nath has worked as a youth correctional officer since 2000. Nath, who is employed at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton, is currently on paid administrative leave.

Darrell Smith and Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

LAKEPORT — As residents of the tiny Northern California town of Lower Lake began returning to their destroyed or damaged homes, the man accused of setting the Clayton fire appeared Wednesday in a Lakeport courtroom to face charges that he started not only that destructive blaze, but many others in the same vicinity.

The Lake County courtroom was packed with area residents and reporters as arson charges were formally read in Lake Superior Court against Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, a construction worker with a history of criminal charges in Lake and Napa counties stretching back at least two decades, most either for drug possession or driving on a suspended license.

RT Question More

Female prisoners were once unheard of in most US counties, but in the last half-century, they have been filling cells with higher rate increases than their male counterparts, according to a new study.

Mandatory minimum sentencing and the drug war have contributed to the phenomenon of prison overpopulation, but even as the issue grows this presidential election year, the full scope of the impact on American life is still being uncovered.

In a study released Wednesday by the Vera Institute of Justice and the Safety and Justice Challenge initiative, the number of women in prison and jails in 2014 was reported to have multiplied nearly 14 times from 1970.

OPINION

Lola White-Sanborn, New Times

Perhaps I’m just an old Izzet Mage at heart, but I believe “experiment,” when used within reason, is one of the most beautiful words in the English language. It’s far too easy to trap the world as we know and experience it within a box, closeting ourselves and our hopes of learning anything new.

As has been said in this column many times before, this is one of the beauties of a top-notch community college such as Cuesta, which rewards its students for trying new things rather than punishing them for not yet having a plan. It is altogether fitting, then, that Cuesta made the list of only five campuses in California hand-picked to participate in a nationwide experiment.