Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


With 30 California prisons now accredited, CDCR on track to have
all adult institutions accredited by 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections accredited seven more California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons, bringing the total number of accredited state prisons to 30. The most recent round of accreditations was announced yesterday during the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 146th Congress of Corrections in Boston.

“Our success with accreditation is proof of the progress CDCR is making in improving our prison system,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “We started this ACA process six years ago at a time when there were still too many inmates in our prisons and too few resources to rehabilitate them. ACA accreditation demonstrates our efforts to reform and improve California’s correctional system are working well.”

Erica Evans, The Los Angeles Times

An inmate at California State Prison, Corcoran may have been killed by his cellmate, officials said Monday.

Staff members found Chad Ku, 43, unconscious in his prison cell at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, officials said.  After lifesaving measures were attempted, Ku was pronounced dead nearly an hour later at the prison’s medical facility, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

Seven California prisons recognized at annual conference
The Sentinel

CORCORAN — The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran has received national accreditation following an extensive review process.

The American Correctional Association (ACA) accredited the facility, along with six other California prisons, Sunday during its annual conference in Boston. The ACA sets standards aimed at improving prisons.

Claudia Meléndez Salinas, Monterey Herald

SOLEDAD >> City officials are expected to sue the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for refusing to pay for upgrades done to the city’s waste water treatment plant.

The city’s sewage treatment plant is also used for the two state prisons located within the city limits, which house around 9,000 inmates.

According to Soledad administrators, the prison overseers owe $1.1 million to the city for work done between 2004 and 2006 to prevent the sewage system from overflowing into the Salinas River. Soledad administrators had discovered that the treatment plant was performing sluggishly because of an increased population in the Salinas prison. The total cost of the upgrades were $3.3 million, and according to an agreement signed by city and prisons administrator in 1993, the cost to the California Department of Corrections Rehabilitations is $1.1 million.


Brian Rokos, Southern California News Group

The premise behind the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, or Proposition 47, overwhelmingly approved by California voters in November 2014, was simple:

Reduce the penalties for nonserious, nonviolent offenses such as drug possession and minor theft and pass along the savings from less-crowded prisons and jails to programs that would reduce recidivism and crime and help victims.

But nothing about Prop. 47 has been simple in the 21 months since then.

As intended, the law has prevented nonviolent offenders from serving significant jail terms. But some law enforcement officials firmly believe — and there are equally strong opinions to the contrary — that these offenders are responsible for a documented uptick in crime since the law’s passage.