Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Alap Naik Desai, INQUISITR

Inmates in a California prison have become the guardians of deaf dogs that were rescued from a shelter threatened by wildfire. The rescue and care program, christened “Paws 4 Life,” involves matching prisoners with canines for mutual benefits.

California State Prison in Los Angeles County offered to care for all the dogs that had to be rescued from a shelter which was threatened by a raging wildfire nearby. The dogs, all of whom are deaf, are now being lovingly cared for by inmates housed in the correctional facility.

Twenty-four men and 12 women from San Diego County jails are currently working​ in the Fire Camp program.
Maggie Avants, Patch

SANTEE, CA — Inmates at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility for women in Santee may be the next firefighters on the front lines of California's wildfires.

Twenty-four men and 12 women from San Diego County jails are currently working in the Fire Camp program — started in 1915 in California — and recently, a recruiting effort took place at Las Colinas.

The Fire Camp program allows low level offenders to complete their time outside as support crews to back up professional firefighters during wildfires all over the state. They also help with community projects including clearing brush, fallen tree or debris, restoring historical structures, flood protection and maintaining parks.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Halima Kazem, We News

SAN JOSE, California (WOMENSENEWS)— On June 1, when the phone rang at 6:30 in the morning, Sheri Graves thought it was her daughter, 27-year-old Shaylene, making her daily call from prison.

But Shaylene’s bubbly greeting wasn’t on the other end of the phone. It was a prison official, calling to tell her that her daughter had committed suicide the night before in her cell.

“I couldn’t believe it because I had just spoken to Shaylene and we were planning her release party, she was six weeks away from being let out of prison,” says Sheri Graves, 50, who lives in Jurupa Valley, California.

Hillel Aron, LA Weekly

The wardens for both of California's female-only prisons "retired" on Friday. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is calling it a coincidence. But prisoner advocates say it's a housecleaning.

"They appear to be forced retirements," says Colby Lenz, a legal advocate with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.

The two prisons – Central California Women's Facility (or CCWF) and California Institution for Women (or CIW) – have been the subjects of a lengthy investigation by the Department of Corrections, and inspectors had been camped out at both facilities for the last few weeks, according to sources with access to the prisons.

DEATH PENALTY

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times 

Campaign contributions poured into dueling death penalty campaigns in California, reaching more than $6 million as of June 30, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

The highest total amount of contributions -- $3.6 million so far in 2016 -- has flowed to Proposition 62, which seeks to abolish capital punishment and replace it with life in prison without parole. The Nov. 8 ballot measure reported raising $1.3 million in donations during the latest reporting period, which spanned from April to June.

Californians will choose in November whether to abolish or to speed up capital punishment.
Sean Eckhardt, TakePart

Franky Carrillo spent 20 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit before being exonerated and released in 2011. The 42-year-old doesn’t seem to have wasted one day since. He’s purchased a home and proposed to his girlfriend, and his second son was born in 2013.

Recent months brought two major life changes: He earned his bachelor’s degree after four years of studying sociology at Loyola Marymount University, and he reached a settlement for $10.1 million with Los Angeles County for his wrongful conviction, which breaks down to $500,000 for every year he spent in prison.

But he’s not taking that life-changing sum as an excuse to stop trying to save the lives of others.