Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Seth Nidever, Hanford Sentinel

HANFORD – Corcoran area property owners are starting to learn how much they're being asked to pay for a levee-raising project completed earlier this year.

The Cross Creek Flood Control District sent out ballots earlier this week asking owners to decide on a $10 million funding plan that will put them on the hook.

The flood-protection levee around Corcoran was raised because Fuller and others district officials feared severe flooding would occur in the old Tulare Lake bottom.


Chelcey Adami , The Californian

A riot involving 20 inmates broke out on a yard at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad on Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 3 p.m., two inmates began fighting on the prison’s maximum-security sensitive needs “Facility D” yard, according to prison officials.

Sabra Williams, Big Think

In the last 35 years, California has built approximately 22 new prisons, and the state has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country. The US's prison industrial complex has been called America's human rights crisis.

So is it possible for prisoners have hope for their future? How do you retain your humanity in an inhumane system? Ten years ago, actor Sabra Williams had an experimental idea: she wanted to bring The Actor's Gang Theatre Company into prisons to work with non-actors, and offer them the emotional tools needed to heal from the trauma of being incarcerated, and all the events of their lives before that. That was the start of the Prison Project, and a decade later it is operating in 10 prisons across California.


Nina Agrawal, The Los Angeles Times

When Lily Gonzalez was released from Valley State Prison in Chowchilla in 2012, all she wanted to do was put incarceration behind her. She hoped to go back to work, continue her education at Cal State Northridge and reconnect with her 11-year-old daughter.

“I tried to assimilate,” she said. “And I couldn’t.”

Gonzalez had been convicted of multiple felonies for falsifying signatures on documents — “something stupid I did when I was 18 years old,” she said. Instead of returning to her old life, including a job with the county’s Department of Consumer Affairs, Gonzalez found herself stuck.

JoAnn D. Barfield, Papillion, Omaha World-Herald

The June 20 World-Herald article “Inmate assaults two staffers at Lincoln Correctional Center” stated that Nebraska’s prisons have been overcrowded for years. This is costing taxpayers a lot of money.

Overpopulated prisons are less safe for staff and inmates. It makes the costs of medical care and other essential services go sky high and impedes the ability of the prison to provide meaningful rehabilitation programs to inmates who genuinely want to make a better future for themselves.