Friday, August 26, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- Corrections officials say former California prison inmates are being arrested and convicted of new crimes at a relatively steady rate after release.

But more are going to county jails instead of state prisons under a law that took effect nearly five years ago.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Thursday that 45 percent of inmates released five years ago were back in prison within three years. That's down from 54 percent last year and a high of 67.5 percent a decade ago.

Capital Public Radio News

(AP) - California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at a seventh state prison after a decade of reforms.

Thursday's decision by a federal court-appointed receiver means that control of inmate health care at 20 percent of the state's 34 adult prisons has now been returned to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The latest is the Sierra Conservation Center, which houses about 4,200 minimum- and medium-security inmates in Jamestown, about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento. The prison trains many of the state's inmate firefighters.

Alex Biese, app.com

There’s no stopping Prophets of Rage.

The rap-rock supergroup — featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill — was set to play an Aug. 10 concert at a Norco, California, prison in support of the nonprofit organization Jail Guitar Doors, but shortly before the show the state’s Department of Corrections pulled the plug on the gig.

Undeterred, the show went on outside the prison’s walls.

“In the end, we decided it was better to play, to keep our word and let them hear us, even if we were on the outside,” said rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill, who shares vocal duties in Prophets of Rage with Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

Speaking the morning after the Norco performance, B-Real explained the band’s decision to let the music play.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

California’s public universities are starting to embrace a program that helps transition people from prison to campus.
Emily DeRuy, The Atlantic

A program at San Francisco State University has quietly been helping former prisoners earn college degrees for decades. Now, it’s gaining wider attention as schools around the state begin to look for ways to help formerly incarcerated men and women gain access to higher education.

In 1967, John Irwin, who had been incarcerated before becoming a sociology professor at SF State, launched Project Rebound. The idea was that helping formerly incarcerated people earn degrees would drastically limit the chances that they would end up behind bars again. Nearly 50 years later, that’s proven to be the case. In California, more than half of the people released from prison wind up behind bars again. But just 3 percent of Project Rebound students return to prison, according to 2010 figures. Graduation rates for Project Rebound students are high, too; more than 90 percent eventually graduate, while the university’s overall graduation rate is closer to 50 percent.

OPINION

The San Francisco Chronicle

Californians have been offered two options on the Nov. 8 ballot to “fix” a system of capital punishment that all sides agree has produced enormous legal bills, no semblance of deterrence to would-be murderers and too little justice to victims’ loved ones over the past four decades.

One of those measures, Prop. 62, offers a straightforward and certain solution: abolish the death penalty, and replace it with a punishment of life without the possibility of parole. The other, Prop. 66, proposes a highly complex, probably very expensive and constitutionally questionable scheme for streamlining the appeals process in hopes of shaving years off the timeline between conviction and execution.