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 / -- 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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


“Note: The reporter was informed of the following errors in the video which have since been fixed in the web article: the initial chyron should say “medical” not “mental;” student dental assistants don’t do fillings; and medical services are not technically “free,” inmates-patients who can afford it, pay a co-pay.”
Medical Assistant Students Practice on Prisoners
The students take skills learned in class to inmates at Donovan State Prison
Liberty Zabala, NBC 7

San Diego community college students are getting a unique learning experience: Giving medical care to prisoners.  Mesa College is the first community college in the county to partner with a prison to provide students with hands-on training.

Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were scaled back, prisons and county jails have become the de facto housing for many who are mentally ill.


Police say sex offenders wore GPS monitors during killings
Ed Payne, CNN

(CNN) -- Two registered sex offenders charged with raping and murdering four women in Southern California while the men were wearing ankle monitors are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.


For investigators, horror of Salcido case lingers
Randi Rossmann, The Press Democrat

A few times a year, someone asks Tom Siebe about the Ramon Salcido case. Same with Craig Schulz. Ken Gnoss thinks of it every April 14. And Dave Edmonds thinks about it as little as possible.

“Note: For more coverage of this story, please follow these link.

Nearly killed by her father in 1989, Carmina Salcido faces new crisis
Chris Smith, The Press Democrat

Twenty-five years to the day after an incomprehensible act of violence altered the life of Boyes Hot Springs toddler Carmina Salcido, Sonoma County still searches for signs that hers will be a good and happy life despite its ghastly beginning.

“Note: For more coverage of this story, please follow these link.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Three-strikes changes appear to be working

Dan Morain, The Sacramento Bee

Mike Ramos delivered a hard-nosed law-and-order stemwinder, exactly the sort of speech his audience had come to hear.

Appearing at a crime victims’ rally on the west side of the Capitol last week, the San Bernardino County district attorney called for an initiative to restart the death penalty and pledged to campaign for a U.S. constitutional amendment that would grant rights to crime victims and their families.


Transients accused of killing 4 O.C. women were sex offenders
Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores, The Los Angeles Times

The Orange County transients arrested on suspicion of killing four women are registered sex offenders and probationers who were living in Anaheim when the slayings occurred, according to interviews and court records.

Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were required to wear GPS devices and, as transients, had to check in with Anaheim police every 30 days, authorities said.


California's medical prison beset by waste and mismanagement
The $840-million California Health Care Facility was supposed to help the state's prison system emerge from a decade of federal oversight.
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

FRENCH CAMP, Calif. —California's $840-million medical prison — the largest in the nation — was built to provide care to more than 1,800 inmates.
When fully operational, it was supposed to help the state's prison system emerge from a decade of federal oversight brought on by the persistent neglect and poor medical treatment of inmates.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


CrimeFighters Manhunt: Lucas Saiz
Carlo Cecchetto, CBS 8

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The CBS News 8 CrimeFighters are helping authorities in a manhunt for a fugitive who continues to evade authorities. 

Lucas Saiz, 32, is wanted by the California State Parole Agents for violating the terms of his release. He has a criminal history of robbery, multiple burglaries, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a stolen property.

Registered sex offender sweep
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE, Calif. - Members from Colorado River Sheriff's Station and California Department of Corrections Parole Unit conducted compliance checks on registered sex offenders within the unincorporated community areas of Blythe, Mesa Verde, Ripley, and North River April 9.


Keeping California's worst behind bars
The case of serial rapist Christopher Hubbart illustrates how the state needs a sentencing commission outside the political process to recommend sensible and balanced terms for offenses.
The Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hubbart has had a hard time trying to find a place to live, and no wonder. He's a serial rapist who assaulted women in the 1970s and '80s, was convicted and released, only to rape again. He was committed indefinitely to a mental facility until such time as he was determined by authorities to no longer be a threat.

Decision to let skateboard killer out early is troubling
Gov. Jerry Brown made the right call in blocking Roberto Holguin’s release
The Tribune

It astounds us that a juvenile parole board would have voted to release convicted murderer Roberto Holguin after he threatened to shoot Gov. Jerry Brown and filled a journal with “many references to violence.”

That’s on top of the heinous crime that put him in custody in the first place.Some background: Holguin was just 13 when he bludgeoned 87-year-old Gerald O’Malley to death with a skateboard.


Judge finds treatment of California’s mentally ill inmates ‘horrific’
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

Following weeks of graphic court testimony and chilling videos of inmates writhing in pain as they were blasted with pepper spray, a federal judge has found that the use of force against mentally ill inmates in California prisons is unconstitutionally harsh.

Citing the “horrific” videos he viewed during hearings last fall and a wealth of other evidence, U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on Thursday ordered state officials to continue revising the use-of-force procedures deployed against the state’s 33,000 mentally ill prisoners and to limit the use of solitary confinement as a means of disciplining such inmates.