Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Emily Thornton, Gazette Newspapers

People coming out of jail or prison have a hard time reintegrating into the real world.

At least that’s what mid-city GPS parole unit supervisor Karen Reed said. To help them, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) employee launched the Parole Community Clean Team (PCCT) at Justin Rudd’s Howlo’ween Parade last year. The parole program will have another event at one of Rudd’s beach cleanups in March, she said, with others following as she can organize them. Ten parole agents and three parolees have participated, Reed said, with four more parolees anticipated.

“We were received well by the community and I am honored to have Justin’s support,” Reed said. “We look forward to having our next beach cleanup event in March.”

OPINION

Lenore Anderson, The Huffington Post

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the founding of Californians for Safety and Justice, an advocacy organization seeking to replace prison and justice system waste with smarter safety solutions that save public dollars, in the state with the largest corrections system in the nation.

We began this journey with a fundamental belief: Californians of all walks of life were ready for large-scale change. The incarceration-first approaches of the “tough-on-crime” era were not only bad for public safety and bad for budgets they were also no longer popular with the public.

Then, like now, California was at a crossroads. While litigation and budget crises had already set changes in motion, the $10 billion per year corrections system price tag (up 300% from thirty years ago) remained in tact, along with severe racial disparities, increased spending on county jails and a lack of support for prevention in the communities hardest hit by crime.