Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Andrea Figueroa Briseño, The Fresno Bee

Two correctional officers at Pleasant Valley State Prison were sent to a medical facility after an inmate attacked them on Thursday, said the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Around 7 p.m., officials said an officer was monitoring the day-room when 25-year-old Brandon Lawrence attack his face and head with his fists. CDCR said an alarm was activated and backup was called as the officer fought back with his hands. Another officer came to handcuff Lawrence after the victim held the alleged attacker’s upper torso down using his body weight.

The Press Enterprise

Inland law enforcement officials took part in a women’s flag football charity game Saturday to raise funds for the families of two Palm Springs police officers killed in the line of duty last year.

Officers from the California Department of Corrections in Norco faced off against the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on Wheelock Field at Riverside City College.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

PBS

At California's San Quentin prison, men who committed crimes when they were teenagers and are currently serving long or life sentences give their Brief But Spectacular takes on their crimes, the early traumas that affected their actions and how they're changing their lives now.

Chris Harris, People

For 34 frustrating years, police in Vacaville, California, refused to give up on De Anna Lynn Johnson.

The 14-year-old ninth grader was found slain in 1982. Her body was dumped in a remote section of Vacaville along the train tracks.

According to police, De Anna was last seen leaving a house party the day before her remains were recovered. She didn’t return home from the party and was reported missing by her mother.

Phillip Campbell, 5, was traveling in a car with family friend Roland Phillips, 73, on Jan. 22 near Rainbow Creek and Fifth Street when they were carried away by rising water
Monica Garske and Artie Ojeda, NBC SD

After an exhaustive search for a 5-year-old boy in a rain-swollen creek in Southern California, officials found the child's body in the water Thursday, buried under 6 to 8 feet of debris.

Cal Fire Division Chief Nick Schuler said the body of a young boy – who has now been officially identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner (ME) as Fallbrook resident Phillip Campbell – was discovered just after 11 a.m. in very thick brush and trees, in an area referred to by officials as a “strainer.”

Alene Tchekmedyian, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A single text message sent by a teenager set the deadly night in motion.

Within hours, the 19-year-old was dead, his skull pierced by a bullet.

The 2009 shooting garnered national attention and resulted in the first-degree murder convictions of two men who prosecutors say took offense to the text and killed the teen in an “execution-style” attack in a Sears parking lot in North Hollywood.

But now those convictions have been thrown into doubt.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Police believe he was responsible for at least 5 deaths
The Sun Chronicle

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A man who died in a California prison in 2010 after killing and dismembering his wife also had five other victims, including his toddler daughter and the mother of a girl he raised for several years and then abandoned, New Hampshire authorities said Thursday.

The man was known as Bob Evans in New Hampshire in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but he used multiple names, according to the New Hampshire state police and attorney general's office.

Authorities believe he killed his then-girlfriend Denise Beaudin, who was 23 in 1981 when she and her infant daughter disappeared with Evans from New Hampshire.

Rory Appleton, The Fresno Bee

Proposition 64 legalized pot possession in the state, but many Californians may not know it also reduced many marijuana-related felonies to misdemeanors. Those convicted of these crimes can petition the court to have their offenses reclassified – something that may clear a roadblock to better job opportunities or from being released from jail.

But in Fresno County, those petitions have been in limbo.

That’s according to an attorney with the public defender’s office appointed to handle these cases. He says the Fresno County Superior Court had failed to hear or even schedule a hearing for nearly all of his petitions made since Dec. 8 on behalf of these offenders. But frenzied action Friday by court officials may have broken the logjam.

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“Imagine a young man discovering his gift for playing the guitar.”

This is a line from the promotional literature describing the campus of a progressive educational facility known as the California Leadership Academy — a prison where young adults are invited to learn about and develop themselves.

There are critics who argue that this sort of facility would actually be worse than currently existing prisons, and that it diverts money away from more cost-effective efforts to reduce recidivism while locking in incarceration as a rehabilitative model.

The California Leadership Academy is for men between the ages of 18 and 25, which of California’s roughly 125,000 prisoners is the group most likely to be a repeat offender, with 61 percent ending up in prison, again. The academy offers group classes and therapy in addition to one-on-one time with mentors to help those enrolled find success in their studies as well as their effort to find a job. Those serious about their work could even graduate in three years or less.
“A prison is a prison. And trying to talk about it as though it could somehow resemble a university campus I think feels like an impossible goal to meet when you’re talking about a punitive system,” said Jennifer Kim, director of programs at the Ella Baker Center, a nonprofit in Oakland, California, that advocates alternatives to incarceration.

Megan Wells, EfficientGov

Recidivism programs with the highest rates of success offer models for communities that need help with offender re-entry.

The United States has the highest population of incarcerated individuals in the world, and as you can imagine, the cost of maintaining a prison population of this size is massive.

For the year 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that an estimated 6,741,400 total persons were supervised by the U.S. adult correctional system or approximately 1 in 37 adults. The budget to maintain the prison population is around $74 billion. Unfortunately, the data indicates that individuals who have been released often end up being incarcerated again.

OPINION

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, Washington Blade

When it comes to genital reassignment surgery, a lot of the population questions its validity as a necessary medical procedure – especially for the incarcerated. But doctors worldwide now recognize gender dysphoria, a conflict between your physical gender and actual gender, as an actual medical condition. Treatment options vary from hormone therapy to surgery, but just like any other medical condition, doctors are the ones prescribing drugs and procedures.

What does this have to do with inmates? It wasn’t until I won my case against the state of California in April 2015 that incarcerated individuals were even eligible for this type of surgery. The decades-long struggle I faced with my identity, coming to terms with my gender dysphoria and then fighting for my rights – despite being behind bars – paved the way for other transgender men and women like me. It’s important to note that when you live behind bars in the United States, you’re still a human being with rights. You don’t give up those rights to being human because you’re serving time. If an inmate needed a medical procedure to be physically or emotionally healthier, once a doctor deemed it necessary it would be carried out. Because gender dysphoria is a medical condition, this type of procedure is no different. Yet it’s faced with incredible opposition.