Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Tony Reed, The Del Norte Triplicate

Furniture, desks and boxes lined the corridors and rooms of one of Pelican Bay State Prison’s Secure Housing Units (SHU) this week as personnel worked to convert it to a General Population (GP) area. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff have been implementing the changes as a result of Ashker v. Brown, a lawsuit related to the conditions of confinement at the prison’s SHU. The changes will focus on fixed segregated housing terms for behavior-based violations.

“These changes lessened CDCR’s reliance on long-term segregated housing for managing gang-validated inmates and reduced the need for 992 SHU beds at Pelican Bay State Prison and California State Prison-Corcoran,” according to information provided. The budgeted work will convert 480 vacant vacant SHU cells

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Feb. 4, 1973 - June 20, 2017
Union Democrat

Paul Derek Baker, former resident of Tuolumne County, passed away unexpectedly at home on June 20, 2017. He was 44 years old.

Paul Derek was born on Feb. 4, 1973, in Sonora, California. He attended Curtis Creek Elementary school and Sonora High School. He married the love of his life, Monica on Aug. 16, 2008.

Growing up, Paul Derek enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with his family. With his wife Monica by his side he loved attending San Francisco Giants and Oakland Raiders games. They traveled as much as possible taking trips to Jamaica in August 2013, Hawaii in February 2014 and August 2016, Greece in May 2016 and Puerto Vallarta in April 2017. Paul Derek especially loved cooking barbecue, beer and wine tasting, and eating good food with friends and family.

OPINION

Susan Burton, Daily News

Earlier this month, California reached an important milestone in its fight against mass incarceration: $103 million was awarded to local public agencies to expand mental health, addiction treatment and support services for those returning home from prison.

These programs will soon be available thanks to Proposition 47, which voters approved in 2014 to bring common sense back to the justice system. California stopped sending people to state prison for low-level offenses like drug possession, shoplifting and writing bad checks.