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
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.