I knocked on the steel door to Ron’s office, then fidgeted in the windowless concrete hall outside. Behind me, sounds of the one o’clock inmate movement echoed through Hancock Building: electric locks snapped open, prisoners’ state issue boots clomped on metal stairs, a guard yelled something through shatter-proof glass. I waited alone, uneasy in this empty stub of a hallway, unsure how long I should stand here.
The Sentinel | Nov. 16, 2016 | By Naomi Creason
Sentinel reporter receives Lee President's Award
Excerpts: Lee Enterprises honored Sentinel reporter Joshua Vaughn Tuesday with a 2016 President's Award for Excellence in News. Vaughn received the award for his monthly Digital Data packages as part of The Sentinel's ongoing "Closer Look" series that runs every week. In these packages, Vaughn uses data to dig deeper into issues, such as race and crime, overdose deaths, sex offender registration, bail policies and incarceration. "The sex offender package intrigued me because I came in with preconceived notions," Vaughn said. "The more I researched it, the more those notions were upended." MORE:
By Chico Harlan November 10, 2016
The Otay Mesa detention center near San Diego, Calif., is operated by Corrections Corporation of America, under contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. CCA is one of the largest private prison company in the country.
Only two months ago the private prison industry was reeling. The Justice Department had announced a plan to end the use of the private facilities for its federal inmates. Stocks of the corrections companies nosedived. The presumed next president, Hillary Clinton, used the debate stage to advocate for an even broader move away from the facilities at the state-level.
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The Office of Legislative Budget Assistant released a scathing six-month study Nov. 18 about the prison sex offender program. Their report to the Legislative Fiscal Committee noted a huge backlog of prisoners who pass their minimum parole dates before completing this mandatory treatment. Only 14 percent of sex offenders make timely parole, and that’s an improvement over previous years.