Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Faced with a shrinking pool of inmates to help fight major wildfires, California is increasingly turning for new recruits to its state Conservation Corps, a program with roots in the Great Depression and a motto that promises "hard work, low pay, miserable conditions ... and more!"

Prisoners last year made up about 20 percent of California fire crews on several major blazes, where they used chain saws and hand tools to chew through tinder-dry brush and trees to stop the flames.

But the number of available inmates is declining because counties now oversee most lower-level felons under a law aimed at easing prison overcrowding. In addition, there are fewer incentives for inmates to risk their lives since a federal court broadened an early release program for firefighters to include other inmates.

The Pine Tree

Crescent City, CA...Officials at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) are investigating an assault by an inmate that sent three employees to the hospital. At 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, inmate Eliseo Pichaco, 32, entered a correctional sergeant’s office and attacked him, striking his face and upper body. Two other correctional officers sustained minor injuries during the attack. Officers used physical force and chemical agents to subdue the attack.

The officers were examined by PBSP medical staff and transported to an outside hospital for treatment. The correctional sergeant who was first attacked sustained a shoulder injury and hairline fracture and chipped bone to his jaw. He has been released and is recovering at home. The other officers were released with no additional injuries to report.

Krissi Khokhobashvili, CDCR News

Bakersfield, CA...California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for an offender who walked away from a Bakersfield re-entry facility on Sunday, Sept. 11. Stephen Beavers, 30, was transferred from Wasco State Prison to the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) in Kern County on Aug. 19. After being notified at approximately 7 p.m. Sept. 11 that Beavers’ GPS device had been tampered with, staff initiated an emergency search.

Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Beavers.


OC Register

In 1967, a sociology professor at San Francisco State University who served five years for armed robbery started a program that has helped hundreds of formerly incarcerated individuals earn university degrees. Now, a grant from Berkeley-based nonprofit the Opportunity Institute could bring a similar program to Cal State Fullerton as early as next spring.

The program – called Project Rebound – was created by John Irwin to help former California prison system inmates graduate from San Francisco State with the skills and credentials needed to find employment and stay out of prison.

Jeremy Burchard, Wide Open Country

On Sept. 16, 1969, Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” hit No. 1 on the country charts. By all accounts, the song is one of Cash’s most iconic recordings. To this day, “A Boy Named Sue” permeates pop culture. Even if some folks don’t realize where it came from.

For the most part, the song was never meant for a widespread audience. That’s probably because it deals with its main character trying to kill his father.

But when Johnny Cash first performed the song live, he figured that kind of thing might resonate with his audience. Because the first time he performed it live was for a room full of convicts. And completely unrehearsed.

Dave Boyer, The Washington Times

As President Obama picks up the pace of commuting prison sentences for federal drug offenders, he’s releasing some of the same people that former President Bill Clinton threw the book at 20 years ago.

And while national crime rates are historically low, fresh questions are being raised about whether the new emphasis on releasing federal and state inmates — on a scale far beyond Mr. Obama’s commutations — is contributing to a spike in violent crime in major U.S. cities.

Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune

The former chief executive who departed the San Diego area amid a county investigation of misspending under the nonprofit’s government contracts has been hired by a Marin nonprofit.

Kimberly Bond, who was removed from her position at the San Diego charity Mental Health Systems in June, is now executive vice president at Center Point Inc., a San Rafael-based tax-exempt organization that has taken on some government work previously done by MHS.

Chad Outler, MapLight

September 12, 2016 - California law enforcement organizations are giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight efforts to repeal the death penalty and legalize marijuana, according to a MapLight analysis.

While five of the 17 measures on the state’s November ballot concern crime and punishment, contributions from police groups are focused on three initiative battles, the analysis found.

Law enforcement groups have provided nearly $2 million of the $3.6 million given to the campaign for Proposition 66, a measure aimed at reducing delays in the death penalty appeals process.