Ron Jones, CBS
FOLSOM (CBS13) — Dozens of women in prison learned technical skills that could help keep them from ending up back behind bars.
Some of the women are coming out of prison in less than 30 days and are hoping to find a career.
It could be any graduation ceremony across the country. There are congratulatory speeches and diplomas, but there are no caps or gowns. Fenced in behind barbed wire and concrete, the graduates aren’t allowed to leave.
Inmates from Folsom Prison are giving back in the most unusual way.
The Associated Press
An accomplice of a man convicted decades ago of killing 14 young men and boys then dumping their naked bodies along Southern California freeways has been killed in prison, officials said Thursday.
Gregory Miley, 54, died Wednesday after being attacked two days earlier by another inmate in an exercise yard at Mule Creek State Prison, state corrections department spokesman Joe Orlando said. Mule Creek houses about 3,000 inmates in Ione, about 40 miles southeast of Sacramento.
Mari Erin Roth, Plumas County News
Dennis Kordalewski headed for the airport in Rhode Island at 3 a.m. on May 9, to attend the parole hearing May 12, of Darrell Glenn Welch in Ione. Welch was convicted of killing Kordalewski's brother, Stephen. Welch is serving a sentence of 34 years to life for the murder that took place May 16, 1991.
The two men, Stephen Kordalewski, age 30, and Welch, age 31, were arguing inside a Quincy bar, known as "The Bank Club." The bartender on duty said that Welch was aggressively accusing Kordalewski of being a drug enforcement agent. Being disruptive, the two were told to take their disagreement outside, and authorities were called.
Chris Rooney, Twin City Times
San Quentin State Prison doesn’t really fit in with its Marin County neighbors — some of the most dangerous criminals just a stone’s throw from a community with a serious hippie background. Also, in a liberal environment, the prison is one of the state’s few providers of the death penalty. It’s just not a match made in Heaven.
However, it looks like voters will be chiming in on the death penalty this November, either expediting — or eliminating — executions.
A campaign supporting a ballot initiative to speed up executions for inmates on death row in California submitted signatures last week to appear on the same ballot that is expected to include an opposing measure to entirely repeal capital punishment.
Sudhin Thanawala, KPCC
The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a criminal sentence of 50 years to life for a juvenile convicted of murder who argued that the punishment violated a U.S. Supreme Court decision because it was the equivalent of life without parole and required by law.
In a unanimous ruling, the California high court cited a state law that gives juvenile offenders the right to a parole hearing within 25 years.
In a trial the judge called one of the most difficult cases he’s presided over, two former prison guards were acquitted Thursday of all charges against them in the death of a well-known North County vineyard manager following a 2014 fight outside a San Miguel bar.
Before a San Luis Obispo courtroom packed with family and friends of both the victim and the defendants, a jury found Travis Woolf, 37, of San Miguel and Sergio Aranda, 36, of Salinas not guilty of manslaughter and assault charges in the death of La Vista Vineyards manager Alvaro Medrano, 54, who suffered fatal brain injuries in a fight involving at least eight people outside the Elkhorn Bar on Sept. 7, 2014.
Dom Pruett, The Reporter
With help from the Fairfield Police Department, Solano County Sheriff’s Office, Solano County Probation Department, California Department of Parole, and California State Prison, Solano, the Vacaville Police Department’s Vice Unit enacted its Probation Parole Sweep Wednesday.
Beginning at 10 a.m., Vacaville Police personnel, along with the 65 officers from the six agencies who assisted, split into seven mixed teams, each with specific targets to their team, Vacaville Investigations Lt. Matt Lydon said. Each team had a Vacaville Police Department representative, and it was Vacaville who was responsible for processing each arrest. In total, approximately 100 locations throughout Vacaville were targeted on that day, which ran until 8 p.m, Lydon confirmed.