Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Lisa Bloch, Marin Humane Society

Sixteen years ago, Marin Humane Society’s Larry Carson saw a show on Animal Planet called “Cell Dogs” that profiled inmates in prisons who care for and train shelter dogs. Carson, a canine evaluator in the MHS Behavior and training department, thought a similar program could be extremely beneficial to the dogs that need a little more time to be ready for adoption and to the inmates who need to build skills, confidence and perhaps even friendship. And so, the Pen Pals of San Quentin program was born.

Through the Pen Pals program, specially selected, nonviolent inmates at San Quentin State Prison are trained to help dogs overcome certain behavior or medical problems before they return to MHS to become available for adoption. The dogs live at the prison with the inmates 24/7 during their training or rehabilitation. Since its inception, 267 shelter dogs have graduated from the program and have gone on to find happy homes.

Steve Goldstein, KJZZ

The state of California is looking for new options when it comes to fighting wildfires. For years, the state has placed considerable reliance on lower level inmates to help along the fire line.

Recent legislation that will release some of those offenders from prison could give California a shortfall.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

The Californian

Name: Miguel Lomeli

Position: Classification and Parole Representative

Department/Company: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/ Salinas Valley State Prison

Years of Experience: 16 years of experience