Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison populations have dropped.
Bianca Beltran, KSBW

MONTEREY, Calif. — Summer brings wildfire season in California with flames consuming thousands of acres of land across the state.

As firefighters tackle the wildfires with water tanks and helicopters, ground crews use shovels, axes and chainsaws to create a containment line to keep the fire from spreading.

In California, many of those crews are made up of prison inmates.

They provide approximately 3 million hours of firefighting work and approximately 7 million hours of community work each year. In recent years, laws aimed at reducing overcrowded prisons have had the unintended consequence of leaving the fire crews shorthanded.

Karen Kucher, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A 22-year-old inmate firefighter who was seriously hurt while using a chain saw fighting a Lakeside fire July 5 has died from his injuries, officials said.

Frank Anaya severely cut his leg and femoral artery while battling the brush fire. He died early Tuesday at a local hospital after undergoing multiple surgeries, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said.

“We are saddened by the death of Frank Anaya and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” state corrections secretary Scott Kernan said in a statement. “Anaya provided an invaluable public service and helped protect our communities from devastating fires.”

“He heard not only the shots but a woman’s scream.”
Matt Potter, San Diego Reader

The morning after Independence Day, readers of the Union-Tribune were treated to a heart-warming front-page feature and three-minute video about an influential local family’s 92nd annual reunion at their oceanfront retreat in Del Mar. “For the Fletcher family, Fourth of July is never complete without a group photo,” said the piece. “That can be a quite a chore when five generations need to get rounded up. ‘This is not easy,’ real estate agent Ron Fletcher said with a combination of good humor and exasperation as the Fletcher clan moseyed across a beach around noontime Tuesday.”

The party was composed of descendants of Col. Ed Fletcher, a county founding father who, the U-T noted, “was instrumental in the development of Rancho Santa Fe, Grossmont, Mount Helix and a host of other projects, such as the Pine Hills Lodge in Julian. His name also graces Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach and Fletcher Hills in East County. And he served in the state Senate between 1935 and 1947.”

Santa Ynez Valley News

Firefighters battling the Alamo fire near Highway 166 east of Santa Maria are gaining the upper hand, holding acreage burned to 28,926 acres with 45-percent containment as of this morning.

Overnight, fire activity remained minimal, with some fire backing down slopes into canyons, according to Cal Fire. Firefighters have been successful increasing containment lines, although challenges remain due to steep and rugged terrain.

There is lingering smoke throughout the fire area, and temperatures are forecast to be in the 80s today with low relative humidity.


Tammerlin Drummond, The Mercury News

DUBLIN — Dajon Ford had steered clear of the violent West Oakland street life. At 17 he had forged a different path than his father Isom Rodgers Jr., who was gunned down on a sidewalk when he was only 20, the city’s first homicide in 2003. Ford was a star football player at McClymonds High School and had a scholarship to New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. His mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who alternately took turns raising him, were proud that he would be the first in their family to attend college.

But today, Ford is locked up in a cell in Santa Rita Jail, wearing a yellow jumpsuit instead of a cap and gown. He’s been there for nearly four years awaiting trial on robbery and attempted robbery charges. On Tuesday, a reporter from the East Bay Times interviewed him in a cubicle with a thick glass partition. Ford fielded questions using a telephone with tinny reception. (His attorney Claire White, also present, advised him not to discuss details of his alleged crimes.)


The Electronic Waste Collection and Computer Refurbishment program adds two locations, bringing total to four statewide.
Waste Today Magazine

The Prison Industry Board has approved the expansion of the Folsom-based California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Collection and Computer Refurbishment program as a statewide enterprise to two facilities in southern California. This increases the total to four locations statewide.

Through a collaborative effort between CALPIA, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Department of Technology (CDT), this statewide enterprise will ensure a cost-effective, expedient information technology (IT) solution for state agencies and provide for a coordinated comprehensive e-waste and surplus disposal plan.