Friday, April 7, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Dom Pruett, Vallejo Times Herald

Two California Medical Facility inmates facing murder charges in the August 2016 death of a 66-year-old fellow inmate entered pleas of not guilty Thursday in Solano County Court.

Murder charges were filed in December against Sherman Dunn, 45, and Percy Robinson, 28.

The two men are accused of beating fellow CMF inmate Jose Garcia, 66, to death on the night of Aug. 22.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Sean J Longoria , Redding Record Searchlight

A voter-approved measure to reform parole could begin to send more state prison inmates for hearings by summer, according to recently crafted rules at the state.

Proposition 57 will also allow certain state prison inmates to earn more credit for good behavior, completing rehabilitation programs and education while inside, according to the rules released last month by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Under the new rules, “non-violent” inmates would be eligible for parole hearings after serving the full term for the primary offense that sent them to prison, before serving more time for other charges and enhancements. Those on death row, serving life sentences without parole, sex offenders and those convicted of violent felonies wouldn’t be eligible for parole under the new rules.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Mia McNiece, People

It’s been more than ten years since Tim Robbins first began The Actors’ Gang Prison Project with the intent to help rehabilitate incarcerated men and women.

Today, the Oscar winner, 58, is proud that the program continues to thrive in over ten California prisons and has significantly reduced the recidivism rate for people who have gone through the program.

“What the program essentially does is get people who are incarnated in touch with their feelings,” Robbins tells PEOPLE. “If there’s a predominant emotion in prison, it would be anger. It’s the way to survive. Everyone puts on an angry persona in order to be left alone. But when someone does that for years, it tends to deaden them from the other emotions. So we, in the course of theater workshops, encourage them through a character, to express sadness, happiness, and fear.