Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Prison inmates train service dogs to help kids with autism
Rob McMillan, abc 7 News

CHINO, Calif. (KABC) -- A dog training program at a local prison is helping families dealing with autism and giving female inmates a sense of pride.

For 4-year-old Marlee Paris, who is living with Asperger's syndrome, a black Labrador named Shasta has opened up her life.

Escaped California inmate turns himself in
Associated Press

YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) — A minimum-security inmate has returned after walking away from a Riverside County prison camp while serving a four-year burglary sentence.


California lawmakers want more data on prison realignment
Brad Branan, The Sacramento Bee

Since state lawmakers approved a law in 2011 making counties responsible for lower-level offenders, supporters and critics have offered many opinions as to whether or not the law is working.


Seventh-day Adventist claims she was fired for her faith
George Warren, News 10

SACRAMENTO - A Seventh-day Adventist claims she was fired from her prison nursing job because she refused to work on Saturdays.

Dusanka Bodiroga said she had worked Sundays and holidays but had been able to avoid Saturday shifts at California State Prison, Sacramento since beginning work there in 2006.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

Paper produced by San Quentin inmates looking to grow
Katherine Seligman, The Sacramento Bee

SAN QUENTIN -- From a small trailer near an exercise yard full of honking geese, the men of the San Quentin News put out a paper they hope will reach beyond the gates of the prison where many of them are serving life sentences.

“We’ve been given a chance to be the voice of the prison,” said editor-in-chief Arnulfo Garcia, taking a break one afternoon in the crowded room where 15 regular staff members write, edit and design. “No one else is doing what we’re doing.”

Ione prison escapees caught in Plymouth, Calif.
News 10

Two prison escapees were caught near the town of Plymouth, about 35 miles east of Sacramento, Saturday morning.

Patrick Raines, 21, of San Diego, and Johnny Maciel, 37, of Placer County, escaped from Mule Creek State Prison, Ione by scaling a 10-foot fence behind the prison in a low security area and then walked away from the scene on Wednesday morning.

Authorities search for inmate firefighter, 49, who escaped from a California facility and 'drove off in a vehicle on the highway'

Alexandra Klausner, Daily Mail

Prison officials are searching for a 49-year-old escaped inmate who fled the Oak Glen Camp in San Bernadino County.

Calif inmate death in Oklahoma under investigation
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a California state prison inmate locked up in Oklahoma.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the death of 33-year-old Todd Bush was ruled a homicide following an autopsy by the Oklahoma medical examiner's office this week.


Counties tell Brown they need money for his law
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments.


South L.A. Homicides, Kidnapping May Be Connected: LAPD
John A. Moreno, KTLA 5

A man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a teenage girl in South Los Angeles, and LAPD detectives on Friday were investigating a possible connection between that crime and three homicides in the same area, officials said.

Judge Mueller to inherit contentious prison inmate case

Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller will inherit the bitter, 24-year-old litigation over the quality of care for mentally ill inmates in California’s prisons when U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton retires later this year.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Why county's crime continues to drop
Last year’s rate of violent crime was 2nd-lowest in three decades
Pauline Repard, UT San Diego

SAN DIEGO — The number of serious crimes committed in San Diego County resumed its 30-year downward trend last year, after a bump up in 2012, according to an annual report released Thursday.

Last year’s rate of violent crime was the second-lowest in three decades, and the number of homicides dropped by 33 percent from 2012.


Smuggled cellphone use a growing concern for U.S. prisons
Colleen Jenkins, Reuters

(Reuters) - Cellphones smuggled into prisons by corrupt guards, concealed in food containers or hurled over security fences are an increasing worry for law enforcement as prisoners use them to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan escapes.

Calling all mechanics: Friends want to surprise dying Wasco correctional officer with restored car
Call 661-281-3719 to help with money or time
Anne Stegen, Amanda Gomez, Melinda Dionne, abc 23

WASCO - Friends and family need help fulfilling the wish of a former correctional officer at Wasco State Prison battling stage four pancreatic cancer.
“It’s hard on the kids, but we’ll pull through,” said Henoc Zamudio.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Inside Santa Cruz Juvenile Hall, Rare Glimpse at Solitary Confinement Cells

Trey Bundy, Center For Investigative Reporting

Although solitary confinement for extended periods is considered one of the most psychologically damaging forms of punishment – particularly for teenagers – no one knows how many juveniles are held alone in cells in California.


California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association share arts in Corrections Evaluation
One-year prison art study reveals useful benefits to reduce recidivism and restore dignity
EIN Newsdesk

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 16, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ -- I truly believe that this class and its teacher have changed me for the better and nurtured an artist in me I never knew existed.

Search undertaken for two inmates missing from prison in Amador County

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Two inmates were reported missing this morning from Mule Creek State Prison’s minimum security facility in Ione.

Following a security check, the men, identified as Patrick Raines, 21, and Johnny Maciel, 37, were confirmed missing at 10:50 a.m., according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

Previously convicted sex offender headed back to prison
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A man with a previous conviction for sex offenses has been sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court to 10 years in prison for persuading a minor to engage in a commercial sex act.


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits
Gillian Flaccus and Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren’t foolproof.


Death Penalty Debate: End Executions or Expedite Process?
Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, San Jose Inside

Catina Salarno knew her killer well. They lived across the street from each other in San Francisco and dated throughout high school. When she broke up with him the summer before college started she thought she’d have a fresh start at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. But on the first day of classes Steven John Burns was there. He’d enrolled without telling her, and now—after growing increasingly aggressive—he said he just wanted one last conversation to hash things out.


State Senator seeks review of sex offender GPS tracking
Man was wearing ankle bracelet during 4 SoCal killings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Corrections department settles sexual harassment complaint involving male cook for $50,000
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Local prisons observe National Crime Victims' Week
Jaclyn Randall, Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE, Calif. - Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) played host to the 2014 National Crime Victim's Rights Week ceremony for both CVSP and Ironwood State Prison (ISP) April 9.

California Health Care moving work crew inmates to new mental health wing
The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - The state prison health care system hasn't resumed admitting patients to the California Health Care Facility on the outskirts of the city, but the process has started to move in healthy, work-crew


Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings
Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring.