Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Stacey Leasca, Good

The first time Andrew Jones got busted was after stealing a car in Placer County, California in 2003. He was 23, and after being found guilty theft, served eight months in prison. Five months after his release he was arrested again for stealing another car and sent back to the inside. A year later, he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded gun, resulting in more prison time. From 2007 to 2015, Jones was arrested three more times for vehicle theft. Now 36, he is serving yet another stretch, this time at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, a dusty blip of a town roughly 200 miles north of Los Angeles. But this time, he says, things are going to be different.

“I got three years left,” Jones says as he's gently brushing the auburn strands of a vacant-eyed mannequin head. “Now it’s just baby steps.”

Brandon Johansen, ABC 23

A prison rehabilitation program at the California City Correctional Facility isn't just helping inmates; it's helping dogs find homes.

26 inmates and 10 dogs graduated from the program on Monday.

"Pawsitive Change", a joint partnership between the prison and Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue, aims to pair inmates with dogs from shelters. The dogs are picked because they have not been adopted, often because of behavioral issues.

Greg Eskridge, San Quentin Prison Report

Douglas Collier is serving a life sentence inside San Quentin State Prison. For years he shared a 9’x4′ foot cell with his friend Tony Ogle, a fellow inmate. One day Tony couldn’t stop coughing. His arteries were clogged. Several months later, Tony died — one of the hundreds of inmates who die in California state prisons each year.  


CORRECTIONS RELATED

Liza Gross, KQED

California’s network of state psychiatric hospitals is charged with treating people with mental illness who pose a danger to themselves or others, but workers faced with ongoing assaults by patients have struggled to provide a therapeutic environment. In this in-depth account, veteran California journalist Liza Gross reports that injured workers at the five psychiatric hospitals, including Napa State Hospital, have lost tens of thousands of workdays while taxpayers pay millions of dollars in workers’ compensation and overtime costs.

Stephen Seager felt lucky when Napa State Hospital offered him a job as staff psychiatrist in the spring of 2011. His wife, also a physician, had already relocated to Northern California from their home in Utah, after cutbacks at their hospitals forced the couple to find new positions.

Rebecca Hersher, NPR

A wildfire in the mountains of Santa Clara County has destroyed a dozen homes and consumed about 4,400 acres of forest.

The Loma Fire has been burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains since Sept. 26, and although it is more than 60 percent contained, it still threatens more than 150 structures, according to Cal Fire, the state agency in charge of wildfire efforts.

Almost 2,000 personnel, including inmate fire crews, are fighting the blaze.