Thursday, January 12, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Adam Popescu, Bloomberg

The California City Correctional Center, a medium-security lockup for 2,145 in the high desert north of Los Angeles, isn’t going to be confused with Disneyland. Still, a small program here sometimes produces a similar kind of whispered awe.

In the U.S., most parolees are rearrested within a year. But the recidivism rate is just 3 percent among those who’ve gotten tech industry and entrepreneur training from Defy Ventures, a nonprofit that also works to finance businesses for some of the ex-cons who’ve gone through its program at California City. “That’s unheard of,” Chief Executive Officer Catherine Hoke isn’t too modest to point out.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Gina Kim, Santa Maria Times

A Santa Maria Juvenile Court judge will be handing down the sentence for the Santa Maria teen found guilty of second-degree murder Thursday.

Maribel S., 16, was found guilty of second-degree murder of her newborn baby boy nearly a year ago, after she sliced his neck with a broccoli knife in her home bathroom after giving birth.

At the conclusion of the contested sentence hearing, the court also heard statements from the girl's parents for the first time since the start of the case, during which both the girl's mother and father were overcome with emotion, and pleaded for the judge to forgive their daughter.

The Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $122.5 billion general fund budget Tuesday and warned of a looming $1.6 billion budget deficit, absent spending cuts, because of slower than expected growth in tax revenues. The state also faces uncertainty about federal funding under the incoming Donald Trump administration. Here’s a look at how some state priorities would be affected by Brown’s proposals:

CORRECTIONS

Spending on the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation budget increases 3.3 percent, to $11.3 billion from $10.55 billion in the current fiscal year. The budget includes savings of $22.4 million from voters’ approval of Proposition 57 sentencing changes in November, which are projected to lower the inmate population by 2,000 in the first year. A $250 million increase would go to absorbing nearly 2,000 Department of State Hospitals employees who work in three mental health facilities within state prisons. The budget also includes $42.9 million for community rehabilitation programs through a voter-approved lowering of penalties for some drug and property crimes, an increase of $3.5 million over the current year.

OPINION

Sarah Stites, News Busters

In January, Shiloh Quine, a convicted killer serving a life sentence in California, was the first transgender inmate to ever receive a state-funded sex change surgery. Yet, based on media coverage of the operation, Americans would hardly know the issue was controversial.

In the 2015 case Quine v. Beard, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled, agreeing to fund a sex change operation and transfer the inmate to a women’s prison. As the Huffington Post’s Mary Papenfuss noted, the state is constitutionally mandated to provide “medically necessary” treatment for inmates’ medical and mental ailments, which include gender dysphoria.