Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Brian Johnson, ABC 30 News

CORCORAN, Calif. (KFSN) -- Dozens of Corcoran State Prison Level Four Sensitive Needs Yard inmates received certificates of completion Tuesday morning. They were for finishing the Building Resilience program created by Dr. Stephanie Covington.

Building Resilience was introduced to the prison last year as a pilot program. It focuses on the trauma that inmates have experienced and that they have inflicted on others.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

East County Magazine

June 13, 2017 (Santee) – The San Diego’s Sheriff’s office advises that Michael Bauer, a registered sex offender, has recently moved to Santee.  Bauer was convicted of molesting a 7-year-old boy, a stranger to him, inside a fast food restaurant restroom in 2009.

A former transient in San Diego, he is on parole under supervision of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  A parole officer monitors his movements through a GPS ankle bracelet.

He is now living at 10380 Prospect Avenue in Santee. Bauer is not wanted by the Sheriff's Department at this time.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

An intensive study and new programs to combat stress that often goes overlooked.
Simone Weichselbaum, The Marshall Project

This story was published in collaboration with the USA TODAY Network.

The relentless pressures of prison life on inmates’ mental health — gang violence, solitary confinement and arbitrary discipline, among them — have long been subjects for psychological and academic research. But the cumulative impact on corrections officers, including an apparent high rate of suicide, has rarely been studied in depth.

That is about to change. In California, one of the nation’s largest prison systems — housing about 130,000 people on a given day— the union of active and retired corrections officers is participating in an extensive study over the next few years to assess the need for permanent mental health services for the state’s roughly 26,000 officers.

Chelcey Adami, The Californian

Friends, families and strangers cheered on Everett Alvarez High School student Pedro Dimas Aguilar as he proudly carried the golden torch under a waving United States Flag on Main Street Tuesday morning.

Nearly 100 runners from various Monterey County law enforcement agencies ran close behind him as part of the annual Special Olympics Torch Run, which raises awareness and funds for the Special Olympics Summer Games coming up next week.

Frank Jarman is the Monterey County Special Olympics coach and said participating in the Special Olympics helps push people with special needs to remain active instead of staying at home watching TV all the time.

OPINION

Mary Fahning, Santa Maria Times

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced that an inmate firefighter in Humboldt County died as the result of injuries sustained while working on a fire line in Del Norte County.

If one follows the logic in Jeffery Hall’s Forward View commentary “First responder definition broadened,” the firefighter, Matthew Beck, died a slave.

Hall equates the opportunity for state inmates to be of service as forest firefighters to slavery. He incorrectly cites a 2015 Mother Jones article for some of his data. After reading Hall’s argument I am left confused by its inclusion in a column that purports to be “a progressive look at issues.” To argue that using “inmate labor in fighting our forest fires (as) involuntary servitude” overlooks the reality of the situation. Please consider the following facts.

The Editorial Board, LA Daily News

Despite a dwindling prison population, California has found a way to spend more on its prison system than ever before.

With Gov. Jerry Brown proposing a state corrections budget of more than $11 billion, California will soon have the dubious distinction of spending more than $75,000 per inmate in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s up from the $71,000 per inmate California spends now and roughly $26,000 more than the state spent per inmate in 2010-11, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.