Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, The Fresno Bee
Guns and ammunition were among the items confiscated during an operation targeting at-large parolees in Fresno on Thursday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
Seven parolees, four of whom were fugitives, were also taken off the streets during Operation Heat. Special parole agents from Fresno and Tulare counties joined the Fresno Police Department in the sweep administered by the CDCR.
Allison Weeks and Alecia Reid, KRON
SAN RAFAEL (KRON)—A youth program inside San Quentin State Prison is changing lives.
It’s giving some inmates a new lease on life.
KRON4’s Alecia Reid went behind the prison walls for a closer look at their rehabilitation.
Your Central Valley
A 70-year-old Visalia man who is in prison for attempting to murder a judge 25 years ago has been denied parole.
According to a statement released by the Tulare County District Attorney's Office, Harry Bodine's parole request was denied by the parole board on Wednesday, at the San Quentin State Prison, for the fifth time.
Pablo Lopez, The Fresno Bee
A Fresno man initially sentenced to life in prison without parole was resentenced Thursday to 80 years to life in prison in connection with the 2006 killing of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Jose Angel Perez accepted his new punishment in Fresno County Superior Court, hoping that an appellate court will reduce his sentence under a new California law that gives youthful offenders a chance at parole after serving 25 years in prison, said Fresno defense attorney Peter Jones, who represents Perez.
Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri City Herald
A California man on trial for the 2011 home invasion and kidnapping of a Kennewick jeweler’s family said Thursday that investigators made a mistake.
Vicente Guizar Figueroa, 21, denied knowing anything about a plan five years ago to hold the family of Mark Welsh hostage while the robbers took the Touchstone Jewelers owner to his store so they could steal $500,000 in merchandise.
Figueroa testified that he’s only been to the Tri-Cities twice in his life, while visiting his mother in Yakima County. Those occasions were just to go to the mall, he said.
Rex Dalton, Voice of OC
In a new way to assist clients, the Orange County Public Defender's Office is planning to hire social workers to help people reenter the community after criminal offenses.
The agency hopes to hire four social workers to assist public defenders in integrating clients back into the community -- as a part of California’s broader effort to help offenders lead productive lives and save taxpayer dollars.
A proposal for one year of funding totaling nearly $330,000 is to go to the county Board of Supervisors by autumn.
A majority of respondents to a recent Argus-Courier online poll said they would not vote to repeal the death penalty in California, when the question comes up on the November ballot. About two-thirds of respondents said they would vote “no” on the measure, while one-third said they would vote to end the death penalty.
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