Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Guy McCarthy, The Union Democrat

About 40 athletes, family and coaches from Special Olympics of Northern California and Nevada plan to take part in an exhibition softball game at Sierra Conservation Center, the minimum- to medium-security prison on O'Byrnes Ferry Road, this Saturday morning.

Dave DeCheney, Special Olympics area director for Tuolumne County, will speak at the event. Judy Burton-Andrews, Special Olympics of Northern California director of volunteer areas, procurement and athlete fulfillment, will also be there, along with Sierra Conservation Center custody and administrative staff.

Capital Public Radio

For the past five years, the Golden State Warriors, coaches and support staff have traveled to San Quentin, the well-known California maximum security prison, to play a basketball game against select prison inmates. The Kitchen Sisters teamed up with the podcast Life of the Law to bring us this most recent showdown of these two Bay Area teams.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Hayley Fox, L.A. Weekly

On a recent Friday at around 2 p.m., a handful of inmates — cloaked in aprons, hair nets and gloves — are bustling around the industrial kitchen in Chino’s men’s-only prison, prepping dinner for 3,400 of their fellow prisoners. Using what looks like a canoe paddle, one man stirs rice while a team of two uses a step stool to dump mountains of grated cheddar cheese into a neighboring vat.

There are eight 150-gallon steam kettles lining the industrial kitchen, many of them in use as the team preps the Friday night menu: tamale pie served with cole slaw, pinto beans, Spanish rice and pound cake. A familiar scent of tomato sauce rises in the steam, painting an olfactory picture that varies drastically from the bleak visual one.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Rennie Svirnovskiy, The Sacramento Bee

Two and a half years after 60 percent of Californians voted for Proposition 47, the initiative is coming to a head.

The measure reduced nonviolent drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and reallocated the money saved into programs for mental health, substance abuse treatment, victim services and truancy prevention.

Now the money is finally going somewhere, and it’s a lot of money. $103 million, to be exact.

Many are located in areas with known environmental hazards
Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones

Environmental hazards are having a massive affect on one of society’s most marginalized groups: The incarcerated.

According to a new investigation from Earth Island Journal  and Truthout, mass incarceration has led to some of the most egregious examples of environmental injustice. “[M]ass incarceration in the US impacts the health of prisoners, prison-adjacent communities, and local ecosystems from coast to coast,” the authors of the special report said.

Prisons are often located in areas with known environmental hazards. Nearly 600 federal and state prisons are within three miles of a Superfund site on the National Priorities List, and more than  100 of those are just one mile from a site.

OPINION

Oroville Mercury Register

The state government crows proudly about “prison reform.” For Gov. Jerry Brown, the Democrats who run the Legislature and duped voters, that means releasing more criminals.

It’s time they focus on another type of reform — cutting costs in the system.

Reducing the massive prison budget was an unspoken incentive that helped some citizens buy into the state’s alleged reforms: More criminals would be let out of jail, but at least costs would go down.