Thursday, March 30, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Kristi Chan, The Bold Italic

Just 12 miles past the soaring vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge sits the fortress-like San Quentin prison. Surrounded by water, beneath Marin’s rolling hills and Mt. Tamalpais, there is a cruel irony to being interned so close to this scenery, yet with no way to see it. Built over a century ago, San Quentin is the oldest prison in California and is home to all the state’s death-row inmates.

We’ve come here to meet the participants of the Last Mile — a flagship program that teaches prisoners how to code — at their Demo Day, or program graduation. While I’m still trying to remember how I edited the code on my Myspace page to have orange text, these men are engineering programs for companies like Airbnb and writing in more coding languages than most of us have even heard of. It’s all the more impressive, given that many of these men have never even used the Internet (some were sentenced before it was commonplace).

Christopher Zoukis, The Huffington Post

Prison might be the last place you would expect to see a great performance of Shakespeare. But for more than a decade, Marin Shakespeare Company in California has taught Shakespeare in several prisons, and to rave reviews.

In 1989, the company launched to reinvigorate Shakespeare in Northern California, but has expanded its scope over the years, teaching a variety of workshops and programs, including outreach through the Shakespeare for Social Justice Program, started in San Quentin Prison in 2003, and expanding it to several other facilities. Their mission is “to achieve excellence in the staging and study of Shakespearean plays, to celebrate Shakespeare and to serve as a cultural and educational resource for the people of Marin, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond.”

Shakespeare might seem like an odd choice, stereotypically relegated to the fodder of English classes and the efforts of British actors, but program proponents espouse its benefits. Studying Shakespeare teaches complex language and literacy skills, critical thinking about human emotions and the consequences of choices, emotional intelligence, empathy, self-reflection and gives rise to the exploration of new ways of thinking.

Eve Batey, SFist

The woman who made history as the person in the United States to receive gender reassignment surgery while incarcerated is spurring more changes in California's correctional system, as new proposed rules would allow trans inmates makeup and undergarments that reflect their gender identity even if the place of their inprisonment does not.

You already know the name Shiloh Heavenly Quine, the 57-year-old convicted murderer whose lawsuit paved the way for California prison inmates to receive the surgery, as outlined in official guidelines announced by the California Department of Corrections back in October of 2015. It was announced in January that Quine underwent the procedure in a San Francisco hospital, after which she was transferred to the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.


Mike Sprague, The Whittier Daily News

WHITTIER >> Five weeks after the death of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer, the City Council on Tuesday approved two resolutions that its members hope will persuade state legislators to reform laws they blame in part for his death.

One of the resolutions supports Assemblyman Ian Calderon’s bill, A.B. 1408, that among other things would require jailing probationers who violate the terms of their supervision at least three times.