Mothers Day at the SF County Jail

A first time ever Mothers Day Art event was staged in the foyer reception area of San Franciscos County Jail #2 last Friday, a women-only jail facility located on 7th Street.

The programmed event included an exhibition of restorative art created by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated artists; a poetry recital; theatrical performances; a gift exchange between inmates and their children; and the announcement by Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi about the departments new doula program for pregnant inmates, a program Mirkarimi initiated in collaboration with the departments jail house services, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, UC San Francisco, and the Justice Earth Project, to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.

We are here today to celebrate Mothers Day and to celebrate the children and families of Mothers Day, Mirkarimi said. We are also here to proclaim our loving care and respect during the transformative experience of pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

It is the aim of our administration to make sure that we improve upon the policies that make the experience for women, for mothers, for their children and families, to be the most positive and constructive and effective experience that anyone here would expect, Mirkarimi added.


Monterey County Public Defender’s Office filed a lawsuit

The Monterey County Public Defender’s Office has filed a lawsuit that aims to remedy substandard health care in a jail that’s “broken in every way,” according to a complaint filed in federal court Thursday.

Calling the Monterey County Jail‘s medical and mental health care “woefully inadequate,” the 72-page complaint lists a litany of allegations that, it says, combine with severe overcrowding to put the lives of staff and prisoners at risk.

A copy of the document was delivered Thursday to county counsel, Public Defender Jim Egar said.

Rosen, Bien, Galvan and Grunfeld, the San Francisco attorneys behind the overhaul of California’s state prisons, filed the federal action, which is seeking a court order requiring the county and a private company “to protect prisoners from substantial risk of harm from other prisoners, to provide minimally adequate health care to prisoners, and to cease discriminating against and failing to provide accommodations to prisoners with disabilities and violating their due process rights.”


A pair of peregrine falcons at the Riverside county jail

Talk about some real jail birds.

A pair of peregrine falcons has built a nest on the downtown Riverside county jail building where they appear to be raising two chicks.

The raptors choice of a home is generating some excitement on social media and is a big deal among bird enthusiasts.

The fact that they can inhabit such an urban environment also illustrates a remarkable recovery of the peregrine falcon, said Kevin Brennan, a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The species was removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999, but it remains fully projected.

This is really exciting for me, said Brennan, who came to Riverside on Friday, May 24, to observe the falcons. I have literally put my life on the line trying to save this species.

Even during the 1980s, peregrine populations were still decimated by the widespread used of the pesticide DDT that occurred mostly in the 1950s and 1960s. The pesticide caused the raptors to lay eggs with paper-thin shells that would break and dry up before the chicks could hatch.


Andrew Lee Johnson, 28, was arrested in San Diego

The third suspect wanted in connection to the stabbing death of a Citrus Heights man was booked into Sacramento County Jail after being transported from San Diego County.

Andrew Lee Johnson, 28, was arrested in San Diego last Saturday, then transported and booked into Sacramento County Jail this week, Citrus Heights police officer Bryan Fritsch said.

Napa County has a well-established reputation for taking nearly all criminal suspects to jail

The Walmart Supercenter in American Canyon receives a lot of mention in this particular newspaper.

More days than not it seems, readers cant make their way through the first few pages of the Register without coming across a police brief with American Canyons biggest retail outlet identified as the scene of an alleged crime.

This particular isnt because American Canyons Walmart has statistically more crime than others. It doesnt. But it is home to a greater percentage of felony arrests because of the way local law enforcement addresses crime.

Napa County jail has a well-established reputation for taking nearly all criminal suspects to jail including those accused of shoplifting at Walmart. The theory is actually that the risk of going to jail for almost any apprehension, no matter its scale, deters would-be criminals from attempting such acts inside Napa County.

With a new prison proposal coming before the county and the increased exposure as well as permanency of crime reporting on the Internet, a discussion about the philosophy behind felony arrests in this county may be in purchase.


An inmate suffered minor injuries at the Yuba County jail

A Yuba County jail inmate experienced minor injuries Friday when he was stabbed, the Sheriff’s Department said Saturday.

Three men had been arrested in connection with the suspected gang attack, Detective Mark Claar said.

“It’s unclear exactly what the issue was,” Undersheriff Jerry Read said Saturday. “People believe generally there might have been a gang motive.”

The victim, a 36-year-old immigration detainee, received only minor injuries. His injuries were treated by jail staff, and he was not hospitalized, Read said.

The assault involved many type of homemade “stabbing implement” that was not restored.

“We believe the weapon was flushed,” Read said.

Ernesto M. Arteaga, 27, of Linda, ended up being booked on suspicion of attempted murder.

Angel M. Fielding, 20, of Linda, and Marco A. Urena-Galvin, 39, of Ceres, face possible charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Urena-Galvin’s recent apprehension history was not available late Saturday.

Arteaga was arrested May 11 after sheriff’s deputies said he pointed a gun at his girlfriend’s father, then hid the gun at a friend’s house.


10,000 fewer inmates by year’s end at the Monterey’s County jail

The reactions concerning local unlawful justice leaders ranged from shocked to inspired to defiant Thursday after federal judges ordered California to immediately begin further reducing the prison population, even if it means waiving state laws to do so.

Simply because the judges’ order expands good behavior credits retroactively, more than 4,000 state prisoners could come home sooner than anticipated unless the state comes up with some other way to lower the inmate population by the same amount, in addition to other measures that would bring the total to 10,000 fewer inmates by year’s end.

The already packed Monterey County Jail could be affected by the ruling, because if other measures aren’t successful, the judges’ order suggests sending state prisoners with nine months left on their sentences home to serve the time period in local jails.

A noncompliant Sheriff Scott Miller promised the prisoners won’t come to his jail without a fight.

“They may be giving them to county jails, but not to Monterey County Jail,” he stated. “We won’t accept them. They can back the bus up. Somebody has to take a stand.”


Brendan Scott Ferris, 42 was returned to local custody on Thursday.

An inmate who escaped from a work detail last weekend was came back to nearby custody on Thursday.

Brendan Scott Ferris, 42, of Kelseyville was booked into the Lake County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according in order to jail records.

Last Sunday afternoon, while on a work detail for Lake County Social Services in Lakeport, Ferris escaped from custody. He is actually thought in order to have slipped out a rear door of the building as part of the inmate work crew was being taken back to the jail, as Lake County News has noted.

The Lake County Sheriffs Office has not responded to inquiries from Lake County News about Ferris escape or his latest arrest.

Ferris whos serving a three-year, eight-month sentence for two felony drug possession charges is now charged with a felony getaway charge, Chief Deputy District Attorney Richard Hinchcliff told Lake County News earlier this week.

Jail records indicate Ferris is due to appear in court on the escape charge on Monday, June 24.

Since his escape estimated to be the fifth since April 2012 there have reportedly been consequences.

Lake County News offers confirmed with county agencies including Lake County Animal Care and Control which regularly utilizes resident trustees at the animal shelter, located next to the jail that they have been told the inmate worker program is on hold, with no timeline for when the inmate trustees may be available for new assignments.


Butte County is actively trying to adjust realignment changes

Ignoring a issue isn’t going to fix it, and despite the challenges that prisoner realignment has brought up, Butte County is actively trying to adjust and create that it work.

When Assembly Bill 109 passed, Sheriff Jerry Smith felt obligated to deal with the challenges, said Butte County Jail Undersheriff Kory Honea. Smith started developing programs and solutions to mitigate the impact to public safety with the resources the state provided.

However it’s already been an ongoing challenge since the beginning more than a year ago, he said.

Some of their difficulties the county is facing are improving its facilities to keep up with the new demands of with an influx of inmates who would normally be in state prison.

Functional jail capability is 590, Honea stated. That number allows for movement and to accommodate the inmates appropriately. It used to be 540, but the number crept up.

Today, the jail’s population is actually in the 600s on a regular basis, he said.

The jail’s currently has 614 beds.


Police confirm that a Humboldt County jail inmate escaped

Officials confirm that a Humboldt County jail inmate escaped from a work crew performing maintenance duty at College of the Redwoods botanical gardens this afternoon.

Lance Henry, 24, moved away from a work crew at about 2:15 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Knight said.

He ended up being discovered lacking after a supervising officer found a blue jail issued shirt on the ground and determined that Henry had walked away from the work crew. Henry was serving 364 days in jail for a violation of probation. His release date was scheduled for October 25, 2013.

Henry is described as a white male adult, 6 foot 1 inch tall, weighing 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, Knight said. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots.