Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

The Bakersfield Californian

A riot involving 125 inmates broke out at Kern Valley State Prison Tuesday morning, leading to officers using pepper spray and other "less-than-lethal" weapons to regain control.

The riot was quelled in a matter of minutes, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Seven inmate-made weapons were recovered.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Andrea Domanick, Noisey

An expanding California arts program is proven to cut recidivism and save prisons money. Can it be a new model for prison reform?

By the time Christopher Bisbano had enough money to buy the flimsy nylon string guitar the former musician had been saving up for in prison, he was too strung out and depressed to play it. More than a decade into his 23-year attempted murder sentence at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco, California, Bisbano's resolve to get clean and return to his family had withered along with his 6'6" frame, which, after nearly four combined years in solitary confinement, bowed in at 168 pounds.

"You start to feel like an animal," says the 49-year-old Bisbano, adding that at one point, he went 16 months without stepping outside his cell. "It's an environment where the culture is defined by humans and inmates. I'd purposely drop my food tray so they'd give me a second one, and eat the food off the floor later. After awhile, you start to believe that that's what you're worth."

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A parolee is set for sex reassignment surgery nearly two years after her lawsuit spurred California to become the first state to offer the operation to inmates.

A federal judge in April 2015 ordered California to provide the surgery to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, a transgender inmate who was serving a sentence for second-degree murder.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Matt Coker, OC Weekly

A parole agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to exchanging embezzled California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) funds for narcotics prescribed to a parolee.

Scott Patric Keblis copped to felony embezzlement by a public employee and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

It was part of a plea deal with the court that had the judge immediately sentencing the 50-year-old Chino resident to 90 days in Orange County Jail and three years of formal probation. Keblis was also ordered to pay restitution, and he is now "ineligible to ever hold any office of honor, trust, or profit in California," prosecutors say.