Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Randol White, Capital Public Radio News

Rap star Common is planning a free concert on Sacramento's Capitol Mall next month as a way to encourage discussion about criminal justice issues.

Common announced the performance Monday and is calling it the Imagine Justice concert, to be held Aug. 21.

Michael Latt is Common's social impact and marketing consultant. He said the rap star is pushing for the passage of several bills in the state legislature, and specifically chose Sacramento because of that.

Randol White, Capital Public Radio News

Programs to train California state prison inmates with marketable job skills for life on the outside... are expanding starting this month.

The California Prison Industry Authority recently approved $12 million to expand Career Technical Education programs this fiscal year.

The programs are entirely self-funded through the sale of prisoner-created products, including license plates and clothing.


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities are investigating what they call an unusual string of assaults that injured nine employees at a single Southern California state prison, sending five to the hospital for treatment within days of each other.

Such multiple assaults are uncommon and concerning, corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Monday. They are not believed to be related but officials are investigating.

A correctional counselor’s nose was broken Monday by an inmate at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County. The counselor also required eight stitches after officials said Ronnie Moody, 35, became irate.

Times Of San Diego

Four prison officers and another employee at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility were injured Monday by combative inmates, authorities reported.

The first in the series of assaults at the Otay Mesa-area penitentiary occurred about 8:15 a.m., when prisoner Ronnie Moody, 35, approached a correctional counselor in an office and asked to speak with him, according to RJDCF public affairs.

When the staffer responded that he could not confer with Moody at that time because an alarm was sounding, the inmate entered the room and allegedly began striking him in the head.

The freshman senator is determined not to let criminal justice reform die on the vine.
Jamilah King, Mother Jones

Democratic up-and-comer Kamala Harris visited just about every corner of California during her successful 2016 campaign to take over Barbara Boxer’s seat in the US Senate, and she’s kept it up somewhat since taking office. But on a recent, sweltering July afternoon, I accompanied Harris to a place where no senator has set foot for at least a decade.

The Central California Women’s Facility, which houses nearly 3,000 inmates, is tucked amid the farmlands of Chowchilla, about three hours from San Francisco—where Harris was elected district attorney in 2003. The first black woman in that role, Harris was keenly attentive to iniquities in the prison system. Now, despite the near-daily scandals roiling Washington, criminal justice reform remains her top legislative priority—hence the field trip. “I like to go to the scene,” Harris tells me. “I like to go out there, I like to see it, I like to smell it, hear it, feel it so that I can get an intuitive sense, as well as a theoretical or intellectual sense, of what’s going on.”


Ted Goldberg, KQED

State workplace regulators said Monday they have launched an investigation into the death of an inmate firefighter in San Diego County this month, the second fatality involving a prison firefighter in California this year.

In fact, the only state firefighters to be killed in the line of duty this year were prisoners, Cal Fire officials said.

Frank Anaya died last Tuesday after he fell onto an active chainsaw being operated on a steep hill in Lakeside a week earlier.


FOX News 5

SAN DIEGO — A one-time youth gang member who killed a patrolman in the Skyline area in 1978 remained imprisoned Monday in the wake of a decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to again deny him parole.

Brown’s decision, which he issued late Friday, reverses the state parole board’s February grant of conditional release to 55-year-old Jesus Cecena, who shot San Diego police Officer Archie Buggs during a traffic stop on Nov. 4, 1978.


Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

Two years after state corrections officials fired a psychologist for exposing the death of a mentally ill inmate at Mule Creek State Prison, a federal judge has tossed out the whistleblower lawsuit he filed over his dismissal.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley dismissed the lawsuit Eric Reininga filed against state officials, writing in an eight-page order that he could not “find any cases that prohibit a government employer from firing an employee who allegedly violated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) disclosure laws.”

Reininga and a spokesman for the corrections department declined to comment.