Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

For 22 years, the federal court in Sacramento has pounded the California Department of Corrections with orders and injunctions and slapped it with sanctions to get the state prison system to clean up its mental health treatment mess.

Now, attorneys for mentally ill inmates are trying for another attention getter: punitive damages.

In a trial underway in front of U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, plaintiffs want a jury to find nine corrections department employees liable for malice and oppression to rectify abuses they say their client suffered during a brutal 2012 cell extraction.

Prison authorities said two inmates were found dead in unrelated events at Salinas Valley State Prison
The Associated Press

SOLEDAD, Calif. — California prison authorities say two inmates were found dead in unrelated events at Salinas Valley State Prison.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said 22-year-old Cedric Saunders was found dead in his cell Saturday and that his death is being investigated as a homicide. It gave no other details.

It says Saunders transferred to the facility in Soledad from Riverside County in July 2013 to serve a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement.

Bob Moffitt, Capital Public Radio

The people behind a new program at a northern California prison say inmates and rescue dogs can work together to change each other's lives. 

Late last year, Mule Creek State Prison in Ione introduced the Paws For Life program to its inmates and selected 13 to train five dogs with the goal of making the animals adoptable.
Keith Bonnet is a recovering drug addict and is in prison for armed robbery.

"Lilly" is a blonde Anatolian Shepherd mix with black and white markings.


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO >> California has long been what one expert calls a “symbolic death penalty state,” one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more than a decade.

Prodded by voters and lawsuits, the nation’s most populous state may now be easing back toward allowing executions, though observers are split on how quickly they will resume, if at all.

Corrections officials expect to meet a Wednesday deadline to submit revised lethal injection rules to state regulators, trying again with technical changes after the first attempt was rejected in December.


But the number is probably far higher, Marshall Project survey shows.
Eli Hager, The Marshall Project

Among the millions of people incarcerated in the United States, a significant portion have long been thought to be parole violators, those who were returned to prison not for committing a crime but for failing to follow rules: missing an appointment with a parole officer, failing a urine test, or staying out past curfew.

But their actual number has been elusive, in part because they are held for relatively short stints, from a few months to a year, not long enough for record keepers to get a good count.