Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Patty Mandrell, Chowchilla News 

Derral Adams, a 37-year employee with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, returns to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla as the warden.

Adams was born in Sacramento. He was drafted into the Army and landed in New Jersey. In 1979, he began his career with CDCR as a carpenter at San Quentin State Prison, never dreaming his path would take him in so many directions.

“At that time I never even thought of becoming a warden,” Adams said. From that first position as carpenter, Adams was promoted through maintenance and has worked at 11 or 12 state prisons.

Morgan Cook, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A doctoral student training at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa as part of a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology pleaded guilty late last month to felony possession of methamphetamine at the prison, according to court records.

The student, Chonte F. Putras, 26, of Spring Valley, agreed to plead guilty to the crime in exchange for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office dropping two other charges — felony possession of marijuana in a prison and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized communication with a prisoner. She was arrested May 2 at Donovan.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Techwire

In tandem with the annual Best of the Web awards, four technology projects in the state of California joined dozens of others as winners of the 2016 Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA).

The awards, from the Center for Digital Government (operated by TechWire's parent company e.Republic), highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications. Awards were presented in seven categories.

Here's more detail about the projects from California:

San Diego group turned turmoil into triumph
Karla Peterson, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Like many men before him, Octavio Leal has tried to be the best father he could be. Even if that means admitting that he hasn’t always been up to the job. Especially then.

In 2010, Leal’s parenting skills were not at their peak. He had left his corrections officer position at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa after being injured on the job, and employment uncertainty did not suit him. He was frustrated by his slow physical recovery and worried about what he would do next. He was fighting with his son’s mother and he was drinking too much.

Ventura County District Attorney speaks out about Brock Turner and Andrew Luster
Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY – KKFX

VENTURA, Calif. - When Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner walked free last Friday after serving half of a 6-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious women, high ranking law enforcement officials saw it as an opportunity to speak out against Proposition 57.

Prop 57 is the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative.

Mark Sherman, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON >> Is the death penalty in America gradually dying?

There have been just two executions since May 1 and the total for 2016 probably will hit a 25-year low.

Execution drug shortages, sometimes grotesque errors in death chambers and legal challenges to sentences imposed by judges have contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of states that are carrying out executions.

Just three states, Texas, Georgia and Missouri, are using the death penalty with any regularity, though Texas has not executed anyone since April. Four executions are scheduled in the state before the end of the year.

Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune

The former chief executive at Mental Health Systems in San Diego, who departed amid a county investigation of misspending under the nonprofit’s government contracts, has been hired by a Northern California nonprofit group.

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

San Diego County investigated MHS earlier this year, confirming a whistle-blower’s reports that the charity was billing taxpayers for expenses it had not incurred while performing its social service work. The county and the nonprofit agreed on corrective action.