Did you know … Folsom State Prison is celebrating 130 years of public safety service as the state's second-oldest prison?
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CDCR This Week: CDCR Breaks Ground on New Prison Health Care Facility In Stockton Complex, New Report Shows Recidivism Rate Decline For Adult Off enders Released From Prison
High Profile Case:
Sneak Peek: Taken - The Amber Dubois Story
CBS -- VIDEO: "48 Hours" exclusive: A predator kills two girls and admits he would kill again.
REGION: Gardner to detail Amber Dubois abduction on '48 Hours'
By Teri Figueroa, North County Times -- The sex offender who raped and murdered Amber Dubois and Chelsea King told CBS' "48 Hours Mystery" in an interview set for broadcast Saturday night that he is an "animal" who "needs to be locked up forever." "I will kill. I know I will. I am the type that needs to be locked up forever," John Albert Gardner III said, according to comments attributed to him in a CBS news release.
7 California death row residents have exhausted all appeals
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times -- Seven of the 713 inmates on California's death row have exhausted their appeals and are eligible for execution once newly revised lethal-injection procedures are cleared by a federal judge.
State has enough sodium thiopental to execute four
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times -- Corrections Department won't say where the lethal-injection drug came from, and that may mean its use is forbidden. In a padlocked refrigerator behind San Quentin State Prison's death chamber, 12 grams of scarce sodium thiopental is available to carry out up to four executions. How the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation acquired the drug is both a mystery and an apparent impediment to its use.
Sex Offender Ex-Attorney Arrested Again
CBS 13 -- A local attorney convicted of sex crimes has been arrested for the third time during a sex offender sweep on Halloween weekend, authorities said. Gary Appleblatt, 59, had previously been convicted of fondling four of his clients and was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2009. He was released in September, but was back in prison within weeks when he violated his parole by possessing animal pornography on his cell phone, police said.
Eight Sex Offenders Arrested on Halloween
KCBA -- Trick or treaters packed the streets on the Central Coast and law enforcement was out to keep them safe with Operation Boo. It yielded eight registered sex offenders, who are now behind bars after violating their parole conditions.
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KSCO -- 8 registered sex offenders are now behind bars after a statewide program was enforced last night in Monterey County. “Operation Boo” which targets registered sex offenders not complying with their parole, consisted of state agents going door-to-door making sure offenders were not passing out candy or answering their doors.
“Operation Boo” coming to Bernalillo Co. fire stations Oct.31
By Jeffery Gordon, KOB -- Bernalillo County Fire Fighters will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at all Bernalillo Fire Stations as part of their “Operation Boo” program.
Operation Boo Targets Sex Offenders This Halloween
DB Techno -- If you are a sex offender living in the state of California you will be well aware of restrictions being put in place to make sure that little children are safe. Police will be out in full force to make sure that predators remain off the streets and that children can enjoy some trick-or-treating without being in any danger. Parole officers will be keeping very close tabs on sex offenders this Halloween and a number of restrictions have been put in place to insure that no harm comes to youngsters.
4 Arrested During Operation Boo Parole Sweep
KSBW -- The Monterey County Sheriff's Department said deputies and parole agents arrested four people during a sweep called Operation Boo. The sweep was done during Halloween evening hours on Sunday by agents from the Monterey County Sheriff Department Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
'Operation Boo' nets six arrests in Humboldt County
The Times-Standard -- Six parolees were arrested during the 18th annual Operation Boo on Sunday, according to a press release.
Operation Boo Is No Laughing Matter
KSEE -- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hit the streets on Halloween night. Officers worked to keep your children safe by making sure registered sex offenders were complying with the law.
Ruling On Jessica’s Law Impacts San Diego Sex Offenders
By Tom Fudge, KPBS -- A California judge has struck down a part of "Jessica's Law" that prevented sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a playground. But the ruling won't affect all San Diego County sex offenders.
Out of State:
Appleton prison may reopen, house California prisoners
By Gretchen Schlosser, West Central Tribune -- The Prairie Correction Facility at Appleton may reopen in 2012 and house prisoners from California. According to a news release from Corrections Corporation of America, the owner of the vacant prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation intends to award a new contract to CCA to manage up to 3,256 offenders at the Appleton facility and CCA’s Crowley County Correctional Facility in Colorado.
Prison officials deny request for fire camp assault, escape records
By Ryan Sabalow, Record Searchlight -- On Oct. 13, the Record Searchlight filed a request under the California Public Records Act, seeking a host of information from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) pertaining to how inmates are placed in fire and work camps as well as for reports detailing escape attempts and assaults on corrections officers and other inmates. The newspaper filed the request after a suspected white supremacist with a history of violent encounters toward police escaped to Siskiyou County from a camp this summer. After that, local lawmakers began questioning whether violent inmates were being placed in the state’s 44 minimum-security camps, including a handful in the north state. Inmates sent to these camps usually are regarded as model inmates.
CDCR Related & Miscellaneous:
The Lesson of Mehserle’s Trial? Justice is Found in Prevention
By Julianne Hing, Colorlines Magazine -- Former Oakland transit cop Johannes Mehserle received a two-year prison sentence Friday for the killing of unarmed black man Oscar Grant. It was the minimum punishment possible after Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter this summer and sets him up for parole in just months.
Monterey County prison recidivism rate higher than state average
By Julia Reynolds, Herald Salinas Bureau -- Monterey County's prison recidivism rate is significantly higher than the already-high state average, according to a study released this week by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Nearly three-quarters — 74 percent — of county parolees returned to prison within three years of release, compared to a state average of 67.5 percent.
Family stunned by parole decision
By Scott Smith, Stockton Record -- On the afternoon of Feb. 5, 1976, with her husband at work and the children in school, Maryann Jacobs stepped out the back door of her home to snap some pictures of a rare scene - snow falling in Stockton. She must have been excited because Jacobs, who always told her three children to lock up, had left the sliding back door open when she again came inside. That left an opportunity for an angry 19-year-old neighbor, Larry Dun, to strike. He followed her into the house, where he bound, raped and brutally murdered her. In his wake, he left a blood splattered crime scene and a broken family. Maryann Jacobs was 37. Convicted and locked up since, Dun, now 53, has been found suitable for release on parole, putting Jacob's family in a fight to keep him in prison. They're in disbelief that a murderer with such a violent past could ever go free.
"Operation Boo!" traps sex offenders offering Halloween candy to children
By Gail Marshall, Fresno Bee -- California's parole agents are not taking the night off on Halloween. They'll be cruising neighborhoods to make sure sex offenders are not decorating for the holiday, staying home with lights out and away from children. According to a press release: "Our agents will be out in force, checking on sex offenders, to ensure that they stay behind locked doors, in dark houses, with absolutely no contact with ‘trick or treaters’ on Halloween night," said Tom Hoffman, CDCR Director of Parole. "Our goal is to make sure that children have a carefree night free of any potential contact with sex offenders."