Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips



FOLSOM – Officials at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC) are investigating an inmate attack that injured a correctional officer.

At around 2:40 p.m. Friday, April 21, a correctional officer was conducting security checks in a housing unit when inmate Pablo Melendez, 37, began aggressively running toward the officer, wielding an inmate-manufactured weapon in each hand. Melendez began assaulting the officer, who immediately used physical force to subdue the attacker. Two officers working in the same unit responded and attempted to separate Melendez and the injured officer, and were warned the inmate had weapons. As Melendez attempted to attack the officers, they were able to quickly disarm him and place him in restraints.


Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled in midtrial Tuesday with a mentally ill former inmate who sued them over a 2012 cell extraction in which he was pepper sprayed, then placed in restraints and held naked for 72 hours.

Attorneys for the inmate, Jermaine Padilla, 35, of Ventura, said the state will pay $950,000 to settle the federal court case that was in its second week in Sacramento.

Prison officials videotaped Padilla’s July 24, 2012, cell extraction, and the image profoundly affected the six-person jury that that was taking in the evidence in front of U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.

Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise

The orange-suited, tool-wielding inmate fire crew chewed through manzanita and redshank on a Bautista Canyon hillside like a herd of hungry goats.

As two men from the Bautista Conservation Camp, southeast of Hemet, used chain saws to cut a fire break, a third followed with a Pulaski — a hybrid ax and hoe — to pull debris and roots off the path the crew created. Others followed with a McCloud, a six-spike rake that removes heavier brush. Still others followed with a leaf rake to clear the break.


California corrections officials are delaying their new lethal injection regulations by four months, pushing back this week's deadline until late August.
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California corrections officials are delaying their new lethal injection regulations by four months, officials announced Monday, pushing back this week's deadline until late August.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation needs more time to update the proposed rules after an initial version was rejected by state regulators in December, spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.


Pauline Bartolone, KQED

Citing budget-busting drug costs, a California lawmaker wants state health programs to band together to negotiate better prices with drug companies.

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would strengthen intra-agency collaboration on drug cost-saving strategies. Lawmakers will consider the bill at an Assembly Health Committee hearing on Tuesday.

“Californians and Americans are frustrated with the lack of progress around drug prices,” Chiu said, citing the uproar over EpiPen and hepatitis C medications.