Thursday, February 9, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


A new statewide plan to connect inmates and staff to digital resources is overturning old assumptions about the use of technology in the corrections system.
Jason Shueh, State Scoop

A penitentiary may seem like an unexpected venue for a modern IT strategy, but Russ Nichols, CIO of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said his office is debunking that assumption with a vision that embraces connectivity as a key driver of public safety and rehabilitation.

Meeting with state officials and technology vendors on Feb. 1, Nichols outlined a strategy for CDCR that takes an open-minded approach to digital accessibility. Nichols said projects are now underway to expand controlled connectivity throughout the prison system, to equip staff and inmates with digital devices, and to replace the department’s outdated systems with interoperable tools that can provide new data for analysis.


abc 23 News

WASCO, Calif. - Wasco State Prison officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, inmate Jason Morris, 43, was found unresponsive in his cell.

Staff tried to save his life, and an ambulance was called, but Morris was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m.


The Pasadena Star-News

Keeping communities safe

Re “No fluke: incarceration rates fall, crime rates rise” (Feb. 3): Keeping our communities safe is the most important job of local government, and any shift in crime rates must be understood and addressed. But it is imperative that we focus on the facts and avoid misleading the public.

The fact is, Proposition 47, approved overwhelmingly by California voters in 2014, reduced the penalty for simple drug possession and five petty theft-related crimes. Contrary to the erroneous claim by Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri, home burglary was not among the crimes impacted by the measure and remains a felony under state law.