Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Officials say six prison guards and one inmate were injured at California Correctional Center in Susanville in a riot Wednesday.
The Associated Press

SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say six prison guards and one inmate were injured in a riot at California Correctional Center in Susanville.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says an inmate attacked an officer Wednesday in the dining hall and about 30 other prisoners rushed to the scene and began punching and kicking the officers and hurled food trays or broke them over the heads of staff.

Officers used physical force, pepper spray and non-lethal projectiles to quell the riot in minutes.

New Times, Karen Garcia

Inmates from the California Men's Colony have collaborated with the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) to raise $2,000 in an effort to give back to their community.

CALPIA is a self-supporting business that provides productive work assignments for about 7,000 offenders within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation institutions. Inmates make about 35 to 95 cents and contribute 40 percent of their wages to pay court-ordered restitution and fees.

Michele Kane, chief of external affairs for CALPIA said, 169 men from the California Men's Colony that participate in CALPIA pulled their wages together and choose Jack's Helping Hand as the recipient of the donation. More than 60 inmates donated $20 each and one inmate donated $100.

Digital Journal

TEDxDonovanCorrectional will take place at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) on Sunday, May 21, 2017. This is the first such event in San Diego's state prison.

SAN DIEGO, CA, March 16, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In the spirit of world-renowned TED Talks, TEDxDonovanCorrectional - a unique gathering focused on inspiration, transformation and interaction - will take place at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) on Sunday, May 21, 2017. This is the first such event in San Diego's state prison.

The process of organizing TEDxDonovanCorrectional has fully engaged the prison inmate population. A Core Team of ten RJDCF inmates is strategizing, planning, and facilitating the event from beginning to end. The Core Team is supported by a group of local TEDx volunteers.


Christopher Zoukis, Huffington Post

Johnny Cash may have talked about time “draggin’ on” at Folsom Prison in his ‘60s-era hit song, but times at California’s second oldest prison have changed.

Folsom State Prison first opened in 1880 and has come a distance from its harsh, punitive roots, increasingly offering a wide range of rehabilitation and re-entry programs. The facility houses primarily medium-security males but also contains minimum-security facilities for both males and females, and offers programs that not only build inmate’s skills, but that also have a direct impact on the community outside of the prison.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation recognizes that programming opportunities are the best way to prepare an offender for success upon release, ensuring that programs are available at all stages while in prison, and upon parole. These programs benefit the community in numerous ways including reducing recidivism, which contributes to lower taxes and costs, and increasing numbers of ex-offenders that can effectively re-enter society and contribute to it.


Coyote Chronicle

The CSUSB Department of Art was awarded $15,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), to use towards a program of their choice until December of 2018.

The grant was given earlier in 2016, and will be used for allowing selected individuals to have the opportunity to teach inmates about painting, drawing, writting and printmaking through the Community- Based Art Program (CBA).

.According to Annie Buckley, an associate professor of visual arts who is the founder of the CBA, says that the NEA awards are are not easy to achieve.

Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News

WHITTIER >> Following the death of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer in a Feb. 20 shootout with a gang member who was on probation, council members Tuesday vowed to lead a drive to reform state laws they said have allowed violent criminals to remain on the street.

Council members blame AB 109, which is now law, and Proposition 47 for an increase in property and violent crimes in cities across the state.

Both the council and Whittier police officials said the reform laws are the reason the suspect in Boyer’s killing, 26-year-old Michael Mejia of Los Angeles, wasn’t still in prison, despite being a documented gang member who was arrested five times in the past seven months allegedly for violating his probation.

Ed Lopez, Alexa Valiente

The last time Debra Tate ever saw her sister Sharon Tate alive, they were watching a major news event.

"We had a lovely barbecue day," Debra Tate told ABC News. "We all piled in her bed to watch the moon walk ... and that was the last time that any of us would ever see her."

Later that summer, the story of Sharon Tate would become its own major news event.