Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Blythe-area prisons accredited with American Correctional Association
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE, Calif. - The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections accredited Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) and Ironwood State Prison (ISP) with the American Correctional Association (ACA) Aug. 17. Both institutions are two of 16 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons now accredited with the oldest and largest international correctional association in the world.


Inmate ID cards bill passes Senate
Allison Gatlin, The Salinas Californian

A bill aimed at giving recently released inmates a toehold in society worked its way through the California Senate on Tuesday, according to a release from Assemblyman Mark Stone’s office.

Stone (D-Monterey Bay) introduced Assembly Bill 2308 in February. If passed, AB 2308 will require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Motor Vehicles to team up to ensure eligible inmates receive identification cards upon release.

Sacramento judge takes murderer off of death row
Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out the death penalty of a transient who fatally stabbed a man 33 years ago on a bank of the American River in Sacramento, then fled in the victim’s car.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton adopted the recommendation of a magistrate judge that a lesser sentence be imposed on Larry Junior Webster, unless the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office initiates a retrial of the penalty phase within 90 days.

Man gets 13 years for child porn
Riley Johnson, Lincoln Journal Star

A man convicted of sexual assault of a child twice in the last two years received a 13-year prison sentence Tuesday for receiving child pornography.

Todd Tackwell, 39, said nothing at his sentencing in a Lincoln federal courtroom before Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf handed down his order.

Five years later: Jaycee Dugard found alive after 18-year captivity
CBS/Associated Press

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- Tuesday marks five years since Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was abducted as a child in 1991 on her way to school, was discovered alive after 18 years in captivity.

It was Aug. 26, 2009, that Dugard turned up at a Concord, Calif. parole office with her two children and Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the Antioch couple accused of kidnapping her when she was 11. 


Sacramento Community Leaders Encourage Employers to Hire Former Inmates
Zohreen Adamjee, Fox 40 News

Several Sacramento Community leaders met with employers Tuesday morning to encourage them to hire former inmates.

The California Prison Authority, The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency along with other associations gathered to encourage business owners to hire former offenders.

Training drill keeps first responders prepared for real-life disasters
Laura Newell, The Folsom Telegraph

Mercy Hospital of Folsom, in partnership with more than a dozen governmental and law-enforcement agencies, held a large-scale disaster training drill on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
“If a large-scale disaster strikes in Folsom, drills like this help ensure that our hospital will be well-prepared to handle them,” said Michael Ricks, Mercy Hospital of Folsom’s president. 

“Training drills like the one we undertook this week give the hospital an opportunity to ensure that all of our processes and personnel are equipped to deal with extraordinary circumstances. 
We are grateful to our many law-enforcement partners, governmental agencies and first responders for their active participation in this training drill.”

Sheriff's Office details Mexican Mafia, MS-13 drug arrests
Cindy Von Quednow, Ventura County Star

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday revealed details about the arrests of six suspects allegedly involved in an international crime ring, saying it seized $4.3 million cash and more than 150 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.


The Transformative Effects of Bearing Witness
How witnessing inmate executions affects those who watch, and how having an audience present can also affect capital punishment process and policy.
Laura Kirchner, Pacific Standard Magazine

The inimitable Pamela Colloff has a new story out in Texas Monthly called “The Witness.” It’s a powerful portrait of Michelle Lyons, a woman who watched 278 executions by lethal injection over 10 years—as part of her job, first as a reporter on the prison, and then as a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Performing this role “did not come without a cost,” as Colloff illustrates.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Fil-Am lawmaker’s bill would give California prisoners access to condoms

SACRAMENTO, California — California’s first Filipino American state assemblyman wants to give prisoners access to condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. 


New law may trigger parole for Sacramento man convicted of murder 20 years ago
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Second-degree murderer Christopher Dunaway, who stabbed a man 23 times when he killed him 20 years ago in southeast Sacramento, has cleared his first hurdle to get out of prison.


Shifting a burden is no fix
The Lompoc Record

County jails have been doomed since the day Gov. Jerry Brown announced his strategy for realigning California’s prison system.

We could call that an unintended consequence of state lawmaking policy, but really it’s a consequence of Californians clamoring for tougher rules on crime and punishment.

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Discoveries: San Quentin’s museum is captivating
Sam McManis, The Sacramento Bee

SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON -- I called only to find out the museum’s hours, and I wound up getting fashion advice.

“You can’t wear blue, no denim, no jeans,” I’m told. “No lime green shirts. And no orange. Like, the color of an orange jump suit.”

California Department of Corrections on Board with Reading Horizons Methodology 
Reading Horizons provided multiple trainings for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), training 327 teachers and approximately 50 administrators with effective strategies for teaching inmate literacy.
PR Web

From July 21-24, 2014, Reading Horizons provided multiple trainings for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). During the course of four days, 327 teachers and approximately 50 administrators were trained on Reading Horizons' simple, yet effective methodology that will now make a difference in the lives of countless inmates. Due to the success of the trainings, Reading Horizons is already making plans to conduct future trainings at CDCR focused on implementation and coaching in the coming months.

High-Priced Drug Makes Its Way Into California Prisons
George Lauer, California Healthline 

While lawmakers in Congress and policymakers in Sacramento grapple with how to pay for -- and perhaps regulate the cost of -- high priced new drugs, an effective and expensive new treatment for hepatitis C continues to make inroads in California.


Stockton man sentenced in Modesto home-invasion robbery
The Modesto Bee

A 27-year-old Stockton man has been sentenced to 34 years four months in prison for committing a home-invasion robbery in Modesto, where he pistol-whipped a woman after she tried to defend herself with a sword. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Brush fire chars four acres in Irwindale
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Irwindale-A brush fire that broke out east of the riverbed burned four acres Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Rick Flores said no one was injured during the first alarm brush fire in the 1500 block of East Foothill Boulevard.

Fire officials said no structures were damaged.

Paint for Freedom raises awareness, donations
Nathan Duckworth,  Patterson Irrigator

Paint for Freedom hosted an art gala at Patterson Covenant Church on Aug. 16, their third annual event to spread awareness about sex trafficking and slavery and to raise money for New Day for Children, a safe house and boarding school for girls who are victims of human trafficking.

Myriad styles and forms of artwork were on display: realistic portraits, abstract paintings, salt and pepper shakers with painted-on flowers, etc. Patterson Covenant’s pastor Dale Hensarling even contributed artwork, including a side profile of Jesus that he had painted during a Sunday service just before Easter.


California to Appeal Ruling Tossing Death Penalty
Paul Elias, The Associated Press

California's attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

The announcement Thursday by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in Los Angeles ruled last month that the state's death penalty takes too long to carry out, and that the unpredictable delays are arbitrary and unfair.


'Freeway Killer' accomplice denied parole
Decision is a relief to Aliso Viejo man, who was a victim and fears for his life if James Munro is released.
Eric Hartley, OC Register

An accomplice of the “Freeway Killer,” who raped and murdered teenage boys across Southern California, was denied parole Thursday and won’t get another chance at freedom for 15 years, a state prison official said.

James Munro, 53, is serving a sentence of 15 years to life for the 1980 murder of 18-year-old Steven Jay Wells. Munro has been denied parole eight times.

State parole office in Fresno to be demolished for high-speed rail
Stephanie Stone, ABC

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) -- You'll soon see a lot more construction throughout Downtown Fresno, as buildings will be demolished to make room for the high-speed rail.

Diana Gomez with the California High-Speed Rail Authority showed Action News where the train will go. The Rail Authority decided tracks need to be laid here, meaning the two buildings that housed parole agents and greeted offenders had to move.


AM Alert: How are California counties handling prison realignment?
Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee

At a panel discussion in April hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California, lawmakers called on the state to do a better job measuring how effectively counties are carrying out prison realignment. The court-ordered unstuffing of California prisons has sent lower-level offenders to county jails instead, raising concerns over the effect of the increased burden locally.

“We have a lot of programs out there. Nobody seems to be able to tell me (whether) they work,” Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, said at the PPIC event. “There has been no analysis.”

County, probation officers still seeking compromise
Anna Bitong,  Simi Valley Acorn

The county and the union that represents Ventura County’s probation and corrections officers are headed to a “fact-finding” process in the fall to settle a dispute over the officers’ pay after the failure of contract negotiations. The officers are seeking higher pay in line with expanding duties.

Don Douglass, president of the Ventura County Professional Peace Officers’ Association, whose members also include park rangers and harbor patrol and airport operations officers, said a representative from each side will present its case to an independent fact-finder in early November.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Stockton warden reassigned to Folsom Prison
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Record

STOCKTON — The acting warden of the nation’s largest prison health care facility on the outskirts of Stockton has been reassigned to Folsom State Prison, a switch that comes amid ongoing criticism of conditions at the state institution from a prisoner advocacy group.

But Acting Warden Ron Rackley, 48, said those issues have nothing to do with his decision to accept another post.

Rackley leaves California Health Care Facility after seeing it through construction and an activation process that began in 2013 and spawned reports of inadequate medical care and sanitation problems.


Google child porn tip helps put away sex offender
John Marshall, SF Bay

A convicted sex offender is going back to prison for a long time after a tip from Google led to his conviction on child pornography charges.

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Alan Kendrick — described in a court appearance earlier this year as a “danger to the community” —  has been ordered to serve 30 years in prison after admitting he received and distributed images of child pornography.

Besides the time behind bars, upon his eventual release from prison Kendrick will also be on supervised release for the rest of his life.


Indio approves AB 109 grand jury report response
Tatiana Sanchez, The Desert Sun

The Indio City Council on Wednesday reviewed the city's response to a Riverside County grand jury report detailing the regional effects of AB 109, 2011 legislation that realigned the state's correctional system to ease overcrowding in state prisons.

The 12-page letter, approved with a 5-0 vote and with no discussion, provides the city's required response to the June 17 grand jury report.

Mayor Michael Wilson attended the meeting via teleconference from Maui, Hawaii.


Former CMF inmate alleges prison staff took money, belongings
Missing books, money focus of former CMF inmate's suit
Ryan Chalk, The Reporter

A former California Medical Facility inmate in Vacaville has filed a lawsuit in Solano County Superior Court alleging that officials there took money from his inmate trust fund and destroyed his property.

Inmate James H. Fisher, 54, now housed at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, claims in a civil suit filed last week, that money from his inmate trust account was deliberately taken and staff destroyed property of his upon being transferred to a Southern California prison. Fisher names


State Controller: Patton State Hospital overpaid employees more than $900,000
Joe Nelson, The Sun

An audit of Patton State Hospital has found sloppy payroll practices that resulted in two fraud cases in which employees were overpaid more than $900,000 over a three-year period, State Controller John Chiang said Wednesday.

Between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013, the state mental hospital also misstated leave balances for 25 of 98 reviewed employees that resulted in an overpayment of $27,834. State auditors also found that out of 23 employees reviewed for overtime compensation, three were overpaid $1,902 while another three were underpaid by $1,219 due to incorrect pay rates and miscalculation of overtime hours.