Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Inmate stabs officer in head, back at Mule Creek State Prison, CDCR says
Sarah Heise, KCRA Sacramento

IONE, Calif. (KCRA) — Four officers were hurt when a prisoner stabbed one officer several times at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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Brian Jones, 28, an inmate at Mule Creek, came out of his cell about 12:30 p.m. Sunday for time in the recreational yard and asked the floor officer, "What's up?" officials said.

KYMA

CALIPATRIA, Calif. - Officials at Calipatria State Prison said a woman was arrested after allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana into the state prison.

The Visiting Staff on Facility “B” was alerted to 29-year Monique Elizabeth Leon, who was exiting the Visitors Restroom when the staff noticed Leon smelled of marijuana.  Leon is an approved visitor of inmate Miguel Ochoa convicted of Felony Vandalism.. A subsequent consented search of Leon revealed seven latex bindles, containing a combined weight of 8.0 grams of suspected marijuana, which has an estimated prison value of $2,000.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

KPCC

In 2016, California voters approved a parole process overhaul for the state via Prop 57, after a heated debate about what the bill could mean for sex offenders convicted of non-violent crimes.

When the regulations were released in March, they excluded non-violent sex offenders from early release considerations even though the measure did not. Advocacy groups are asking the state to revise the rules before their final approval in the fall, arguing the guidelines are unconstitutional.

Under Prop 57, should non-violent sex offenders be eligible for parole?

OPINION

Jim McDermott, America Magazine

If you had to brainstorm settings in which you might want to make sure there were a chaplain available, should you need one, three places stand out: hospitals, nursing or veterans’ homes and prisons.

It is that last location that generally gets shortest shrift. Let’s be frank: Our stance in the United States toward those who have been convicted of a crime—and usually those accused, too—is often punitive. Whether they are a repeat offender on a minor drug charge or they have committed a far more serious offense, people convicted of crime are understood to have abnegated their rights to everything from freedom to personal safety. (Think about how often in U.S. culture male-on-male sexual assault is depicted as an accepted, even humorous part of incarcerated life.) On the hierarchy of demands in most prison systems, pastoral care scores low.