Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Carmen George, The Fresno Bee

Imam Abdul Shahid Muhammad, a Fresno interfaith leader and retired Muslim chaplain remembered for his warm personality and activism aimed at helping the most vulnerable, died unexpectedly on Monday due to undetermined health reasons.

Mr. Muhammad worked as a Muslim chaplain for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for more than 20 years, provided Islamic religious services for Muslim patients at Coalinga State Hospital, was president and founder of the Muslim American Chaplains Association, and previously served as vice president of the Associated Chaplains in California State Service. Family members said much of his work in prisons as an imam was focused on reaching out to troubled youth.

Fakhrid-deen Muhammad recalled his father as a “social butterfly” who strove to share the “beauty of Islam – the core tenets for him is probably belief in one God and submission and tolerance for all and social justice.”

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

In an attempt to increase the revenue stream for early education programs, a state assemblyman wants to impose a tax on companies that contract with prisons in California to provide goods and services.

The bill authored by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) would require companies to pay 10% of the value of the contract for any agreements signed on or after Jan. 1, 2018.

The funds would be deposited into what would be called the State Incarceration Prevention Fund, established under the State Treasury, and would go to programs that focus on keeping people out of prison through early intervention and education services.