Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Christine Huard, The San Diego Union-Tribune


CHULA VISTA — Inmates at Donovan Correctional Facility who are pursuing an associate degree through a new Southwestern College program will get help with the cost of textbooks through a federal pilot program.

The U.S. Department of Education chose Southwestern for its Second Chance Pell pilot program, which opens up Pell Grant money to U.S. citizens who are serving time.

Southwestern is one of 67 colleges and universities chosen for the nationwide program, and one of three community colleges in the state to be selected.
The $12,500 Second Chance grant will give 25 students $500 each to cover the costs of textbooks for four higher education classes. The $46 per unit cost of enrolling in the courses is funded by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors Fee Waiver.


Sarah Burke, East Bay Express

When Oakland artist Amy Ho asked San Quentin Prison inmate Bruce Fowler to recall his favorite place as a kid, he described an old Cadillac with black leather seats. Fowler grew up in Los Angeles but always became motion-sick in the car. So, on long drives, he would lay down on the plush carpet covering the floor of the spacious backseat and soak in the new-car-smell as the world whipped past.

That experience is one of five memories belonging to San Quentin inmates that Ho will recreate as immersive installations for her seriesSpaces from Yesterday. The first, created with help from Bobby Dean Evans Jr., will be shown at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary from August 5 through September 29.

For years, Ho's art installations have investigated perception of space. Interested in what spatial awareness reveals about the connection between mind and body, Ho often attempts to trick her viewers into thinking space exists where it doesn't — usually by building miniature rooms out of card stock, lighting and photographing them, and then convincingly projecting those images onto walls.
During the past four years, Ho has also been teaching art classes at San Quentin Prison. "I'm closer with them than I am with friends I have on the outside," she said of inmates.


Death Penalty Duel 

Lindsey J Smith, Bohemian

Moments before Richard Allen Davis was sentenced to death in a San Jose courtroom for the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas, the young girl's father addressed the court.

"He broke the contract; for that he must die," Marc Klaas said on Aug. 5, 1996. "Mr. Davis, when you get to where you're going, say hello to Hitler, say hello to Dahmer and say hello to Bundy. Good riddance, and the sooner you get there, the better we all are."

Davis entered the Klaas family's life on Oct. 1, 1993, when he broke into Polly Klaas' mother's home in Petaluma and kidnapped the 12-year-old. The ensuing two-month search engrossed the nation, and ended when Davis led investigators to the young girl's body. But for Klaas, the torture was far from over, as the case evolved into an emotional three-year trial.


Anthony Gangi, Corrections One

A recent episode of Tier Talk gave light to a concern that needs to be addressed immediately, “Inmates watching officers conduct searches.” Our number one priority in corrections is the safe and secured running of our respected facility. An inmate supervising an officer conducting a search violates our ability to maintain that priority. 

“An inmate’s presence during a search violates the safety of the officer and exposes the officer’s method of search.  I think policies allowing the presence of inmates, no matter how well intentioned, strike a blow at the ability to secure an institution.” said Russell Hamilton, Retired Sergeant, California Department of Corrections Dave Wakefield, Retired Deputy Secretary for Corrections said, “Besides the obvious safety reasons, it gives the inmates “Intel” into the methods and tactics officers use to find contraband.” 

Hamilton added, “When an inmate watches a search he can identify deficiencies in the technique or routine. The presence of the inmate may also pressure the staff to feel they must rush the search.”