Monday, May 1, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — California prison officials must provide for free undergarments that flatten the chest of transgender inmates at women's prisons and give transgender inmates at men's prisons access to bracelets, earrings, hair brushes and hair clips, a federal judge said Friday.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued the order in a federal lawsuit that earlier led California to become the first state to provide taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery to an inmate.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also agreed as part of the suit by Shiloh Quine to give transgender inmates access to certain products. Quine, 57, had sex reassignment surgery in January and was transferred from a men's facility to a women's prison in Chowchilla. She is serving a life sentence for murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Breaking: A news report indicated the inmate may have been dead two or three days before his body was discovered.
Maggie Avants, Patch

SAN DIEGO, CA -- The death of an inmate at a California state prison in Otay Mesa remained under investigation as of Friday.

James Acuna, 58, was pronounced dead at 11:43 a.m. Monday at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, according to Vicky Waters, press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The cause of Acuna’s death and the circumstances surrounding it are pending the results of an autopsy report, Waters said Friday afternoon in an email to Patch.

Ukiah Daily Journal

CAL FIRE, in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) operates 39 conservation camps with approximately 200 Fire Crews throughout California. This partnership of state agencies provides a large force of trained crews for all types of emergency incident mitigation and resource conservation projects.

In preparation for the upcoming fire season the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Humboldt-Del Norte Unit fire crews from Alder, High Rock, and Eel River Conservation Camps and fire crews from the Mendocino Unit from Chamberlain Creek and Parlin Fork Conservation Camps will hold their annual Redwood Coast Fire Preparedness Exercises on May 16, 17, and 18, 2017. The crews will assemble at Eel River Conservation Camp in southern Humboldt county.


Chelcey Adami , The Californian

Name: Phillip Rodriguez

Position: Unit supervisor for the Salinas 2 Unit

Department/Company: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Division of Adult Parole Operations

Why did you go into this line of work? Watching the negative impact crime, drugs and gangs have on people’s lives made me want to get into law enforcement.   I discovered parole work, which would give me the ability to assist offenders in the community, guiding them to a successful path in life and in turn help keep the communities safer.


Bonnie Shirley, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

This is written for those, including the author of a recent column in these pages, who think the so-called realignment that has released so many offenders from California prisons doesn’t need considerable reform after the death of Officer Keith Boyer. I’m referring to a column by Thomas Elias on April 3.

In fact, especially here in the Whittier area where Boyer served, there is considerable public and private interest in amending the regulations flowing from the reforms of Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57. The public is, and rightfully so, uneasy that criminals such as Officer Boyer’s accused killer, Michael Mejia, are too often released into the community despite violating conditions of supervised release.