Thursday, August 17, 2017

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CDCR NEWS

Eric King, Entertainment Weekly

Netflix’s upcoming documentary series Fire Chasers, about California firefighters combatting increasingly common and severe wildfires, released its first trailer Thursday. The series will explore how climate change, altered vegetation patterns, and drought have made these natural disasters more frequent and more devastating to the landscape and feature graphic time lapses depicting fires eating up stretches of land and emotional testimonials from firefighters and fire victims.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

CMC works to shut the revolving door of offenders by preparing them for community reentry
Karen Garcia, New Times

Christopher Sheehan walked into a head shop in Huntington Beach with his partner in crime, armed, and ready to rob the joint.

While the two were instructing employees to hand over money, one employee activated a silent alarm. That prompted a nearby police officer patrolling the area to respond to the call.

The officer ordered both men to kneel in front of a wall, but Sheehan argued, distracting the officer. It bought his partner time to shoot at the officer.

PROPOSITION 57

Shea Johnson, Daily Press

State Sen. Scott Wilk is imploring the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to “consider the full impact” that Proposition 57, which increases the number of inmates eligible for parole, will have on victims, the public and law enforcement officers as it mulls regulations to implement the voter-approved law.

State Sen. Scott Wilk is imploring the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to “consider the full impact” that Proposition 57, which increases the number of inmates eligible for parole, will have on victims, the public and law enforcement officers as it mulls regulations to implement the voter-approved law.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Erin Delmore, Bustle

Amid pressure from lawmakers, the federal Bureau of Prisons announced it is improving access to basic menstrual needs for incarcerated women by ensuring female inmates are given pads and tampons in variety of sizes. While feminine hygiene products can be purchased in prison, former inmates and advocates say they are often of poor quality and limited in quantity — leaving women to beg for them from guards, to spend limited funds on marked-up products for sale in the commissary, or to go without.

According to a BOP memo issued this month, prison wardens will be required to provide women with free tampons and pads in two sizes, as well as panty liners. The announcement was made weeks after a group of Democratic Senators introduced The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act aimed at increasing quality of life for women behind bars. The Act, introduced in mid-July, would require quality sanitary products to be provided to female inmates at no cost and would ban shackling and solitary confinement for women during labor as well as pregnancy and recovery. It would also require the Bureau of Prisons to take into account the location of children under age 18 when determining a parent's placement in the prison system and would increase opportunities for inmates to communicate with their families and support systems beyond the prison's walls, from telephone calls to videoconferencing, by eliminating charges for those services. 

OPINION

Common, USA Today

Time to look at prisoners as human beings and eliminate life sentences for young offenders.

Guards stood on the rooftops of California's Ironwood State Prison.

As I walked onto the grounds, I heard the hum of the electric fence, a reminder that electrocution was the likely fate of anyone attempting escape. It was July, and I was there with my crew as part of a statewide Hope and Redemption Tour.

As I heard the gates close behind us, I imagined what it must have been like for an inmate to walk into a prison for the first time: dreams being overshadowed by what was done in the past, instead of encouraged by what could be done in the future — especially tough for offenders locked up as teens.

Beth and Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, Special to The Bee

An open letter to the rapper Common:

We are sure you are sincere and passionate in your desire to hold your concert in Sacramento on Monday to raise awareness for justice reform.

But to the extent your advocacy worsens the downsides of existing reforms, or promotes questionable new ones now before lawmakers such as Senate Bill 10, you would be wise to understand that recent laws and numerous voter-approved propositions in California already allow for the release of tens of thousands of inmates on an ongoing basis. This is contributing to rising crime throughout our state, especially in the inner cities.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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CDCR NEWS

Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

A California prison psychologist has filed a lawsuit against the state alleging she was threatened and demoted after she reported mistreatment of gay and transgender inmates at a correctional facility in Vacaville.

On two occasions, psychologist Lori Jespersen alleges, a correctional officer locked her in a confinement area with dangerous criminals after she filed complaints on behalf of transgender inmates at the California Medical Facility.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Has expanded to a total of four local prisons
Brandon Johansen, ABC 23 News

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. - A unique prison program that started in California City has now expanded to a total of four local prisons.

"Pawsitive Change", a volunteer-based prison program that pairs inmates with rescued dogs over a 14-week period, is now operational at North Kern State Prison and Wasco State Prison, in addition to previously established programs at California City Correctional Facility and Corcoran State Prison.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino County Sun

SACRAMENTO >> Kim Carter has dedicated half of her life to giving fresh starts to women and children while she herself was held back by the crimes of the first half of her life.

That didn’t stop her from helping more than 1,000 people or earning recognition as one of the top 10 CNN heroes, but she said the felony record prevented her from reaching her full potential.

“If you think I’ve made an impact now, just wait until I’m out from under this shroud,” Carter, founder and executive director of the Time for Change Foundation, said Tuesday.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Nina Agrawal, The Los Angeles Times

Michael C. Mejia violated his probation several times in the 10 months after he was released from Pelican Bay State Prison in April 2016.

Then, on Feb. 20, authorities say, Mejia gunned down his cousin, followed by the fatal shooting of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer hours later. He has been charged with two counts of murder.

The officer’s slaying prompted a county investigation into Mejia’s release and his supervision by the L.A. County Probation Department. On Tuesday, it was cited repeatedly as a reason to create a blue-ribbon commission to study the impact of state criminal justice reforms in L.A. County.

OPINION

Daily News

In 2011, Gov. Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 109. This law was to close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of state prisons.

According to Brown, “For too long, the state’s prison system has been a revolving door for lower-level offenders and parole violators who are released within months—often before they are even transferred out of a reception center. Cycling these offenders through state prisons wastes money, aggravates crowded conditions, thwarts rehabilitation, and impedes local law enforcement supervision.”

While I would agree with Governor Brown’s assessment that the revolving door within the California prison system has been largely ineffective from a rehabilitation perspective, it seems to me that for several reasons AB 109 serves as a classic example of throwing the baby out with the bath water. Let me tell you why.

Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys
Eric Siddall, Fox and Hounds Daily

California needs a comprehensive approach to lowering incarceration rates – a plan that will not only lower incarceration levels, but preserve the historically low crime rates we currently enjoy. Sacramento’s current approach to this problem is mass early-release for felons – potentially at the expensive of public safety. A more ambitious and effective strategy – that simultaneously reduces incarceration and crime rates – would be to invest in comprehensive programs that reduce recidivism. This will require government spending on meaningful work programs for those released from state prison.

Since 1980, incarceration rates skyrocketed from 80 inmates for every 100,000 Californians to a peak of 701 per 100,000 in 2006. A combination of factors forced California to confront this problem, most notable of which was a 2009 federal court order mandating the state to abate prison overcrowding. State leaders had two options: Build more prisons or release prisoners.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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CDCR NEWS

Helen Murphy, Hollywood Reporter

The Orchard has set the film set at California’s Folsom State Prison for release in late October.

The Orchard is set to release prison documentary The Work on Oct. 20 in New York and Oct. 27 in Los Angeles, with more cities following.

In the film, level-four inmates at California’s Folsom State Prison are joined by three men from outside the penitentiary for a four-day group therapy retreat. Set entirely in one room, the doc follows the men as they engage in the intensive therapy workshop, exiting their comfort zones and stripping down the barriers and stereotypes between the free men and the incarcerated men.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

BREAKING: Police say the robber held the victim at knifepoint.
Renee Schiavone, Patch

MENLO PARK, CA — A San Jose man remains hospitalized after jumping an estimated 30 feet off of a pedestrian overcrossing in Menlo Park as he was fleeing from police, according to police and jail booking records. The man, 36-year-old Lamar Dekari Stevens, was running from authorities on Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a Menlo Park home, sexually assaulting a resident and then robbing the man.

According to Menlo Park police, around 4:50 a.m. Friday, Stevens broke into the home on the 1000 block of Ringwood Avenue. Once inside, he allegedly held a man at knifepoint and attacked him.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Renata Sago, National Public Radio

The moments inside a courtroom in Orlando in 2007 were quick and consequential for Marquis McKenzie. The 16-year-old stood handcuffed behind a lectern. A juvenile judge announced his charges, then apologized that he could no longer take up the case.

"You're being direct filed," he told McKenzie, who was accused of armed robbery over a cellphone and a wallet. "You understand what I'm saying? You're being charged as an adult now."

Monday, August 14, 2017

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CDCR NEWS

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A correctional officer suffered a head injury Friday morning in an assault at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom.

The attack occurred about 9:30 a.m. Montoya Nichols, a 26-year-old inmate, approached a correctional officer and began striking the officer in the head and face with his fists, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Other staff members intervened and used force to halt the attack.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Victoria Metcalf, Plumas County Newspapers

It’s dry atop Claremont Peak and flames are hungry for ground fuels and race up tree trunks greedily consuming dead branches. In some cases the flames are gone as soon as the apparent feast is through. In other instances fire eats deeper into the bark and trunk leaving glowing marks and occasional licks of flame. Fires are set in a relatively open area and then back along one side of the rough roadway about 800 yards, according to one of the firefighters. Photos by Victoria Metcalf If there are roads into hell, we were on one.

We didn’t descend, as Dante envisioned, we climbed. There below us smoke hid flames and destruction. Smoke also hid the spectacular scenery on Claremont’s side untouched by the Minerva Fire.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Bay City News Service

A San Jose man was arrested early Saturday morning in Menlo Park on suspicion of several offenses including robbery and sexual assault, police said.

At 4:50 a.m., a resident called police and alleged that someone had broken into his home in the 1000 block of Ringwood Avenue, threatening him with a knife.

Police said the victim, a 60-year-old, alleged he was sexually assaulted and robbed before he escaped his home and called police from a neighbor's home. The victim said he suffered minor injuries.

Man arrested for firing shots into San Miguel home 

Paso Robles Daily News
–On June 5, deputies responded to reports of a gunshot fired into a home in the 1700 block of Mission Street in San Miguel. Two adults and three children were inside the home at the time. No one was hurt. The Sheriff’s Gang Task Force also responded to investigate the incident. A potential suspect was identified by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. That suspect, David-Zosimo Pacheco Carrasco, had an active no bail felony arrest warrant for a parole violation. Members of the Sheriff’s Gang Task Force (GTF) worked with the US Marshals/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office to locate and arrest Carrasco for his outstanding arrest warrant and he was booked into Monterey County Jail on June 14.

Friday, August 11, 2017

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CDCR NEWS

The Bakersfield Californian

Robert Barton, a former Kern County deputy district attorney who now lives in Rancho Cordova, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings, the governor's office said Thursday.

Barton, 55, has served as inspector general of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2011, where he was senior assistant inspector general from 2005 to 2011. He was supervising deputy district attorney at the Kern County District Attorney’s office from 2000 to 2005, where he served as a deputy district attorney from 1988 to 2000.

DEATH PENALTY

Clyde Hughes, Newsmax

Scott Peterson, speaking from death row for the first time in more than 10 years, said he "had no idea" he would actually be convicted for murdering his wife Laci and unborn child. He still proclaims his innocence.

Peterson's comments came in a prison call between Peterson, now 44, and his sister-in-law Janey, which will be part of a six-episode series on the case that will air on A&E starting Tuesday, People magazine reported.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

BREAKING: Todd Graham, convicted of the murder and robbery of 84-year-old Audrey Hignight outside a local market, is now 68 years old.
Patch

SOLANO COUNTY, CA -- The state Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday approved the release of a convicted murderer whose elderly victim in Fairfield died a week after she was assaulted in 1988, Solano County prosecutors said Thursday. Todd Graham robbed and assaulted Audrey Hignight, 84, outside a Fairfield market on May 8, 1988. Witnesses said Graham kicked and punched Hignight as he was trying to get her purse and left her laying on the ground, according to the district attorney's office.

A man and his son who saw the assault chased Graham and with the help of another witness detained him until police arrived, prosecutors said.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Jayme Lawrence, KHTS Radio

Prop 47 and Prop 57 concerns have led to a discussion on public safety and potential improvements by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced she’s introducing a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, at the August 15 board meeting, which will establish a Blue-Ribbon Commission on Public Safety to explore innovative solutions to criminal justice challenges resulting from statewide reforms, according to officials.

The motion builds on a previous motion unanimously approved by the board February 21, 2017, which was also by Supervisors Barger and Hahn.

OPINION

Ryan Flaco Rising, San Bernardino County Sun

I still remember the day I was released from prison. After serving seven years at California State Prison-Sacramento, I was told that, finally, my time had come. As I stood on the precipice of freedom and redemption, with just one final electronic gate separating me from the outside world, a loud voice over the prison’s intercom system announced that I had served my debt to society and that I was free to go.

Little did I know that on the outside my past would follow me everywhere I went, and I’d continue to be punished over and over and over again.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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CALIFORNIA INMATES

Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — An inmate attacked an officer Tuesday at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Inmate Agustin Garcia allegedly threw a cup of hot water in the officer's face and then repeatedly stabbed him with a weapon he made.

Staff and a couple inmates helped stop the attack.

Sally Schilling, Capital Public Radio News

Jeff Hall is an inmate at California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville. He was sentenced to life without parole for a murder he committed in Santa Clara when he was 18.

He entered the prison system with a Level IV inmate classification. Level IV is the highest security level, Level I is the lowest. With a good behavior record, he was allowed to transfer down to Level III. But that was as far as he could go. He wasn’t allowed to transfer to the lower-security levels because they are off-limits to life-without-parole inmates.

Makenzie Davis, Lassen News

Taking breaks from chasing the reflection from shiny objects on the ground and from receiving near constant petting from handlers and visitors, the seven dogs on the Pups on Parole Program at the California Correctional Center were showing off their skills during the Friday, July 28 10th anniversary celebration of the program.

Pups on Parole, which is run by the Lassen Humane Society and the California Correctional Center, partners dogs from the Lassen County Animal Shelter with the firefighting inmates at the California Correctional Center. Seven dogs are allowed in the program at a time, and they use their days in the program to brush up on their socializing skills and training. So far, 478 pups have found their forever home to date; however, the program is not intended to benefit only the cuddly canines.

FOX 5 News

ALBUQUERQUE — An inmate who walked away from a Barrio Logan halfway house for low-risk prisoners last week was back in custody Tuesday following his arrest in New Mexico, authorities reported.

Deputy federal marshals took 24-year-old Quincy Crawford into custody without incident in Albuquerque about 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was booked into Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center pending transfer back to state prison, CDCR officials said.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Jeremiah Dobruck, Press Telegram

Authorities on Tuesday identified a man shot by police during a hostage situation this weekend as a 43-year-old parolee from Long Beach.

Police wounded the man, Cleveland Henderson, on Sunday night as Henderson was holding a woman against her will in a Central Long Beach house, a Long Beach Police Department spokesman said.

The woman, a friend of Henderson’s, was screaming for help while he held a sharp object to her throat and threatened to kill her when officers arrived, police said.

Sabra Stafford, The Turlock Journal

A Merced man arrested for an armed robbery in Chowchilla is now a suspect in a similar robbery that occurred in Turlock after the local store owner recognized him from a video posted on Facebook.

Norman Enrique Rojas, 32, of Merced was arrested Aug. 2 by deputies from the Merced County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of armed robbery. Rojas is also the prime suspect in an armed robbery that happened in the 1600 block of Lander Avenue in Turlock on July 21, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.

Jim Holt, Santa Clarita Valley Signal

If you’re living in the Santa Clarita Valley with a recent criminal past, then don’t be surprised if you get a visit from any number of law enforcement agencies stepping up their checks on parloees and probationers.

Regular and frequent parole and probation sweeps carried out across the Santa Clarita Valley since March have netted a variety of interesting suspects.

“If you’re having trouble keeping track of all of the parole, probation searches we’ve been doing, it’s not just you,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station wrote in a recent sheriff’s Facebook post.

Porterville Recorder

On Friday, at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, a California parole board denied parole for Luis Rosa Amador, 44, for murder and attempted murder against rival gang members in 1995. Amador is not eligible for another hearing until 2020.

On May 25, 1995, about 10:30 p.m., four young individuals, two who were alleged members of a gang, were playing cards on the hood of a car in a carport in north Visalia when they heard a shotgun blast. Two young men were hit by the blast, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, and a green vehicle fled the scene. The 17-year-old victim did not survive and the 19-year-old was wounded in the back. After the shooting, witnesses stated they were told by Amador and a co-defendant, Jessie Farias, that they had done the shooting.

He is wanted back in his home state for a parole violation.
Michael Woyton, Patch

CATSKILL, NY — A California man, wanted back in his home state, was arrested Aug. 4 in the Village of Catskill for allegedly selling meth. State Police said Nicholas Distano, 49, of Los Angeles, CA was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, felonies, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Imperial Valley News

Rosalio Castro, 51, of Beaumont, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Castro has been a deputy commissioner at the Board of Parole Hearings since 2015.  He was an attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. from 2012 to 2013 and an attorney in private practice from 2002 to 2015. Castro was a deputy public defender at the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2002, a partner at Magnum, Castro and Associates from 1998 to 2001 and an associate at Benninghoff and Ramirez from 1995 to 1998. Castro earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Castro is a Democrat.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

The Los Angeles Times

Oscar and Grammy-winning rapper Common says the song he worked on for the "13th" documentary about minority incarceration is "part of the enlightenment" that "moves things forward" and inspired him to do more, including visiting prisons in California.

Corky Siemaszko, NBC News

Forty-eight years ago, four of Charles Manson’s followers barged into a rented Los Angeles-area mansion and went on a killing spree aimed at igniting an apocalyptic race war that their deranged leader dubbed “Helter Skelter” after The Beatles song.

The best known of their victims was actress Sharon Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski and eight-months pregnant when she was murdered.

Slain with her in the wee hours of August 9, 1969 were hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and his lover, coffee heiress Abigail Folger. An 18-year-old named Steven Parent, who had been visiting the caretaker of the Benedict Canyon property, was killed earlier in the driveway.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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CALIFORNIA INMATES

The famed record producer, now serving time for murder, doesn’t look like this anymore!
David Lohr, Huffington Post

California corrections officials released an updated prison photograph of convicted murderer Phil Spector on Monday, showing the infamous record producer bald and smiling.

The photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Spector, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, in a white T-shirt and orange prison-issue uniform. Spector, 77, known for eccentric hairstyles over the years, is clean-shaven and completely shorn of hair. He appears to be wearing hearing aids in both ears.

PROPOSITION 57

Brianna Calix, Merced Sun Star

Merced County prosecutors will ask a judge to consider allowing them to charge a 16-year-old homicide suspect as an adult, a new process established in the justice system after voters passed Proposition 57 last year.

The teen is suspected of fatally shooting 34-year-old Jose Mireles of Merced on April 28 following an argument at Mireles’ home. Witnesses told police three people fled on foot after the shooting. Mireles was found by police just outside his home on San Mateo Court with multiple gunshot wounds in the upper body.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

“The dogs have brought humanity into this prison setting," said Lt. David Lopez
Rebecca Liebson, NBC Southern California

When Christy Nielsen was searching for a new dog, she didn’t go to a pet store, or a breeder or even a shelter. Instead, Nielsen found her Pomeranian, Tinker, at the Omaha Correctional Center.

Tinker is one of hundreds of dogs that has been fostered by inmates at the prison as a part of their Canine Compassion program.

“I see the closeness the inmates have with the animals. They really take good care of them,” said Nielsen, an associate director of nursing at the prison.

KCET

As part of this fall's KCET Cinema Series, KCET will host the world premiere of the Netflix original documentary series "Fire Chasers" in partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Film Festival.

Launching on Netflix this fall, "Fire Chasers" follows the brave men and women of Cal Fire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department whose mission is to battle the flames that erupt most ferociously – in both populated and natural areas – during fire season, which threaten wildlife, natural terrain, and tens of thousands of homeowners. Climate change, altered vegetation patterns and an increase in fire-prone landscapes have multiplied those crises, forcing firefighters across the state to confront epic disasters that cost lives and millions of dollars in damage, and cause a massive scarring of the earth.

Monday, August 7, 2017

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CALIFORNIA INMATES

Rachel Engel, Efficient Gov

Expansion of CALPIA’s computer coding program aims to lower recidivism rates by providing rehabilitation and job opportunities to female inmates.

In a joint venture between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Prison Industry (CALPIA), the successful computer coding program initiated at Sam Quentin State Prison by the non-profit The Last Mile (TLM) in 2015 will expand to the California Institution for Women (CIW).

Greenfield News

SOLEDAD — A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate who walked away from the minimum-support facility at Salinas Valley State Prison on Aug. 2 was apprehended Saturday morning in Linda, in Yuba County.

At about 9:20 a.m. on Aug. 5, officers from the Yuba City Police Department spotted Donald Likens as he was riding a bicycle, recognizing him from a flyer that was distributed by agents from the department’s Special Service Unit. Likens was quickly taken into custody without incident and will be returned to the prison in Soledad.

Ninety-nine percent of escaped offenders have been apprehended since 1977, said CDCR officials
Cassia Pollock, NBC 7 San Diego

An inmate escaped a rehabilitation program, ditching his GPS tracker and taking off in San Diego, confirmed state officials.

The authorities are searching for 24-year-old Quincy Crawford, who fled the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility on Thursday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

DEATH PENALTY

Hattie Xu, The Sacramento Bee

While the state of Arkansas made news earlier this year when it executed four inmates in eight days, California has not seen an execution since 2006, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Of the 123 deaths of inmates who were on California’s death row since 1978, just 15 were from execution, according to data from CDCR. A majority – 60 percent – died of natural causes, while another 20 percent committed suicide.

On average, inmates who were sentenced in the Sacramento region have waited on death row for 21 years, according to data from CDCR. Sixty-six percent of them have waited for more than 20 years. While two inmates were condemned to death just three years ago, one – Joe Johnson – has been waiting for 36 years.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

As President Trump calls for reinstatement of a ban on transgender military service — a ban his predecessor repealed a year ago — another large institution, the California prison system, is going through a court-supervised overhaul of policies on gender identity.

Having complied with a federal judge’s order to allow the nation’s first sex-reassignment operation for a prisoner, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is now struggling to implement new rules for hundreds of transgender inmates — the clothing they are issued, the medical care they receive and the prisons to which they are assigned.

PROPOSITION 57

Kelly Davis, Voice Of San Diego

How do you define “violent crime”? That’s the question dogging the implementation of Prop. 57, the 2016 ballot measure that sought to ease state prison overcrowding by making nonviolent offenders eligible for early parole consideration.

The measure passed easily despite arguments by law enforcement groups that the legal definition of a nonviolent felony is too broad — rape, for instance, isn’t considered a violent felony under California penal code — and voters were being misled.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Laura Urseny, Chico Enterprise-Record

NOTE: Several Butte County parolees participated in the program.

Chico >> When the boot camp started, some knew how to handle sheets of drywall, while others didn’t know how to read a tape measure.

In the end, the seven graduates of Boot Camp for Construction Skills were ready for their reward — two weeks of sweat, nails and dust, working for a Butte County contractor.

They aren’t even thinking about the heat they’ll endure during August. What they’re anticipating is a possible job in construction.