Friday, November 4, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips



On Tuesday the State’s Office of the Inspector General issued a report that gave Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) a failing grade for the medical care it provides to inmates at the Soledad facility.  Fifteen years after a lawsuit in which a federal judge ruled that the health care given in California prisons constituted “cruel and unusual punishment,” the Inspector General found that SVSP still demonstrates “a profound inability to provide patients with adequate access to care.”

Much of the problem comes from an on-going shortage of physicians in California prisons.  According to the Inspector General’s report: “Of critical importance was SVSP’s shortage of providers and extreme difficulty with recruitment and retention of qualified physicians. This inadequate staffing at SVSP led to an institutional backlog of over 400 patients at the time of the onsite inspection, and contributed to the inadequate rating.”


All Access

PRX's RADIOTOPIA has selected the winner of its PODQUEST open call for new podcasts, "EAR HUSTLE," by SAN QUENTIN inmates EARLONNE WOODS and ANTWAN WILLIAMS and artist (and non-inmate) NIGEL POOR. The show, produced in the prison's media lab and offering an inside look at life in prison, developed from work done for the show "CROSSCURRENTS" on noncommercial News-Talk KALW/SAN FRANCISCO.

WOODS is serving 31 years-to-life for attempted second degree robbery, and WILLIAMS is serving a 15 year sentence for armed robbery. POOR is a Professor of Photography at CAL STATE-SACRAMENTO and volunteer for the PRISON UNIVERSITY PROJECT, which will be receiving a percentage of proceeds from the podcast. As per the contest terms, RADIOTOPIA will carry the forst 10-episode season of "EAR HUSTLE" for distribution in 2017.


The Sacramento Bee

Competing ballot measures that would bring historic changes to California’s fractured death penalty system are both on the cusp of passing in Tuesday’s election.

A new survey of likely voters from the Field Poll and UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies found a slight majority for Proposition 62, which would repeal capital punishment in California after nearly four decades. It leads 51 percent to 45 percent, with the remainder still undecided.

But support has also soared in recent weeks for a rival initiative that aims to resume executions after more than 10 years and speed up an appeals process for death sentences that can take decades. Forty-eight percent of likely voters are inclined to vote yes on Proposition 66, according to the poll, up 13 percentage points from September. Another 42 percent are opposed, while 10 percent have not made up their minds, down sharply from 42 percent in the last survey.

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

A ballot measure to repeal California’s death penalty was favored by 51 percent of likely voters in the last survey before Tuesday’s election, but a rival measure that instead seeks to speed up executions was close behind, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

Proposition 62, the repeal measure, led by 51 to 45 percent, with the rest undecided, in the online survey conducted from Oct. 25 through Oct. 31. The measure’s strongest support came from women, liberals, young voters, college graduates and residents of coastal areas, particularly the Bay Area, according to the survey conducted by the Field Poll and UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

There are more voters in favor of a ballot measure that would repeal the death penalty in California than one that attempts to speed up executions, but neither proposition has attracted the majority of votes it needs to pass come Tuesday, a new poll finds.

Partly, it’s because some voters seemed confused about what each measure promises, pollsters and strategists said. Mainly, it’s because voters remain strongly divided on the issue of capital punishment, with a strong core of beliefs driving their decisions.


Celeste Fremon, The Chronicle of Social Change

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have just announced their selection of not just one brand new Chief of Probation, but two.

Here’s the deal: The Supes have chosen a new Chief Probation Officer to lead the county’s problem-plagued department — namely former Assistant L.A. County Sheriff Terri McDonald who, up until recently, was in charge of the county’s massive jail system, where she has been credited with successfully leading the implementation of the reform recommendations from the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence.

John Myers, The San Diego Union Tribune

Gov. Jerry Brown’s effort to revise and ultimately loosen state prison parole rules appears to be on its way to passage on Nov. 8, as a new poll finds strong support across a wide swath of California voters.

Fifty-seven percent of likely voters in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey backed Brown’s Proposition 57, and only 31% were opposed. While earlier polling showed an even wider lead, the proposal has had consistently solid backing throughout the campaign season.