Rich Ibarra, Capital Public Radio
Fewer inmates are being returned to prisons than ever before and the return-to-prison rate has dropped for the fifth straight year.
More than 90,000 California state prison inmates released in fiscal year 2010-2011 were tracked for 3 years in a report by the California Department of Corrections.
Only about 45 percent returned which is the first time more people stayed out of prison than returned.
Brittny Mejia and Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times
A teaching assistant with the Los Angeles Unified School District has been charged with smuggling heroin and cellphones to an inmate on San Quentin’s death row.
Teri Orina Nichols, 47, was charged with one felony count of bringing a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia into a prison or jail and one misdemeanor count of possession with intent to deliver a wireless communication device or component to a prison inmate, said Barry Borden, Marin County assistant district attorney.
Nichols was charged Friday and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13. She could face up to four years in prison, to be served in the county jail, Borden said.
An inmate who walked away from the Chimney Incident Base Camp at Camp San Luis Obispo Monday morning was found hours later and taken back into custody, according to officials with the California Department of Corrections.
Jose A. Paredes, 25, was reportedly last seen during a routine security check at about 3:40 a.m.
Shortly after, officials say staff noticed him missing and searched the immediate area. When he was not located, that's when they say all local law enforcement agencies were notified, including campus police at Cuesta College, which is located next door.
Sabrina Biehl, MML News
Sonora, CA — The State Board of Parole Hearings held at the California Institution for men in Chino, California found Howard William Love, of Ceres, unsuitable for parole after an August 17, 2016 hearing. Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg announced today that Deputy District Attorney Cassandra Ann Jenecke and four family members of the victim, David Lee Orozco, personally appeared at the hearing.
The argument against Love’s release was “based on the heinous and callous nature of the underlying crime, Love’s prior poor performance on probation or parole, his extensive and continuous criminal violations while incarcerated, a lack of sobriety while in a controlled environment, and his continued risk for violent recidivism,” according to Krieg who further states, “Love was last denied parole in 2009 for seven years. Since then, he has accrued six sustained serious rule violations involving illicit substance abuse and possession of drug contraband.” She also noted the Correction Department’s Risk Assessment stating Love continued to pose a moderate or elevated risk of violence when compared to other long-term inmates and parolees. The Board denied Love parole for another seven years.
Anna Sturla, The Daily Californian
While the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will begin phasing out its contracts with private prisons, California will continue contracting private prisons to house state-level inmates.
More than 9,000 California state inmates are housed in private prisons, with the bulk of those imprisoned in Arizona and Mississippi. In addition to the two out-of-state prisons, California contracts with eight in-state prisons of varying sizes.