Friday, January 20, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Carmen George, The Fresno Bee

As inmates fill up an auditorium at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, the lead singer of a Los Angeles band announces, “I came to donate some drums!”

Hearing this good news from Cody Marks, Henry Ortiz of inmate band Fuego Latino clasps his hands together and brings them to his chest, as if to pray this is real: “Really!? Seriously!?”

Ortiz brought a gift of his own: Roses – made of paper by another inmate down his hall. They’re intricate and beautiful, and sit in a sturdy vase of paper and purple cellophane. Marks loves them.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Aram Arkun, Mirror Spectator

DEDHAM, Mass. — Robin Casarjian, founder and director of the Lionheart Foundation and its National Emotional Literacy Project, is an expert on forgiveness — a topic that could have applications to the Armenian historical experience. However, her focus, and that of the nonprofit Lionheart, headquartered in Dedham, which she established in 1992, is on providing social emotional learning programs to incarcerated adults and youth.

Casarjian’s first book, Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart, was published in 1992, and now is available in seven languages. Her expertise in this field and that of stress management led to appearances on PBS, ABC’s 20/20 and Oprah Winfrey.

Kevin Penton, LAW360

Law360, New York (January 19, 2017, 6:24 PM EST) -- A California federal judge did not abuse his discretion by awarding $1.4 million in fees to the attorneys of a Mexico native who successfully argued that a job application question about whether he had ever used an invalid Social Security number negatively affected him, the man told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday.

Based on the appellate court’s precedent on the awarding of fees, it was not “illogical” or “implausible” for U.S. District Judge William Alsup to order the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California State Personnel Board to pay the money, argued Victor Guerrero in an answering brief.

Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“They Call Us Monsters,” directed by Ben Lear (Norman Lear’s son), might seem like a straightforward advocacy documentary. It concerns juveniles in California, accused of violent crimes, who are facing trial as adults with the prospect of spending the rest of their lives in prison.

But the movie benefits from an added layer: A screenwriting teacher who gets to know three teenagers awaiting trial.