Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A correctional officer was attacked Monday night by an inmate at North Kern State Prison in Delano, according to the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.

The officer's name was withheld.

The inmate, 33-year-old Frankie Germany, is accused of hitting the officer in the face before the inmate was wrestled to the ground. Germany allegedly continued in his attack after verbal warnings and being hit with pepper spray.


Amitha Kalaichandran, The Huffington Post

TEDMED - the health and medicine arm of TED - was held November 30th to December 2nd this year. This year's theme was "What If?" As always, the speakers aimed to inspire and engage, while urging the rest of us to innovate. While there were so many incredible speakers, here are 10 groundbreaking ideas from the conference. Each idea encourages us to think differently about some of the more pressing health challenges of our time.

Prisoners can be Caregivers
Cheryl Steed is a clinical psychologist who leads the Gold Coat Program at the California Men's Colony - a medium security prison. "Gold Coats" are given to a selected number of inmates, who are chosen based on a number of screening criteria. They are responsible for helping inmates that have cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. Steed monitors their work and participates in weekly meetings with the Gold Coats around managing care - similar to what would occur in a nursing home. In her talk she spoke about how inmates feel empowered by helping others, and regain meaning in their lives, as some of them have been imprisoned for decades.


Sue Vuna, The Lumberjack

Tania Mejia’s mind was not in the classroom, it was looming in the dark and cold prison cells of the men she writes to behind bars. Students scurried through the rain to get to class as Mejia sat transfixed on a bench outside of the library. Her cheeks were wet from the tears she could not hold back as she talked about the often forgotten stories of people behind bars. These stories are afforded a rare chance of being heard through the outpour of letters she receives from being a prison pen pal.

Thousands of men are caged in stark concrete boxes for up to 23-hours a day two hours away from Humboldt State, at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP). Inmate Gilberto Garcia wrote that the stench of corruption is so foul that even the pelicans refuse to land. The close proximity of a maximum security prison to an institution of higher education that pledges social justice and environmental awareness has fostered some communication between prisoners and individuals in the HSU community. For Mejia, a communications major at HSU, it’s penpalling with over 80 inmates across 20 different states. For Sharon Fennell, it’s the sultry sounds of deep soul and smooth R&B that connects her to the prisoners at Pelican Bay. Fennell is better known to inmates as the familiar voice of Sista Soul, host of ‘Sista’s Place’ on KHSU for the last 35 years. The music of Marvin Gaye and The Temptations set the background for discussions about different aspects of prison reform and dedications from loved ones on the outside to inmates at Pelican Bay. In a letter to the Lumberjack, PBSP inmate William Hopeau wrote:  



When Thomas Reese III was 15 years old, he made a poor decision that led to an 18 years to life sentence. After 17-1/2 years, he was released and needed to get his life on track. He found construction work, which kept him and his family afloat, but didn’t provide benefits or job security.

He found a chance at a better life with the newly-formed Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative, which trains the formerly incarcerated for union jobs in construction. The Collaborative is a 12-week program that starts with life skills classes provided by the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) and moves to construction-based instruction at Los Angeles Trade Tech College (LATTC). Upon graduation, each participant is placed in a union job through the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO (LA Fed).

Julianne Herrera, KRON

FAIRFIELD (KRON) — A man and woman were arrested in Fairfield this morning after allegedly pushing a Ford Mustang down the street, and trying to jump-start it with a stolen BMW, according to police.

Around 2:09 a.m., someone from the 200 block of Concord Avenue reported seeing Fairfield residents Michael Heath and Ayla Ohanlon pushing the old blue Mustang down the street…

…They found that Heath was on post-release community supervision (PRCS) through the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez submitted a bill to classify rape of an intoxicated or unconscious victim as a violent felony.

LAKE ELSINORE, CA - A Riverside County lawmaker introduced legislation Monday seeking to correct what she deems a "shameful" change in state law coming on the heels of the Nov. 8 election.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, submitted Assembly Bill 27 in direct response to voter-approved Proposition 57, the Public Safety & Rehabilitation Act of 2016.