Jim Guy, The Fresno Bee
California prison officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Sierra Conservation Center, Mount Bullion Conservation Camp in Mariposa County on Monday.
Blake Castro, 31, was reported missing during an inmate count. He was last seen at 2 a.m. Monday in his assigned housing unit.
Local law enforcement and the California Highway are assisting in the search for Castro.
Jenny Day, CW 6 News
CW6’s Jenny Day went beyond the barbed wire to give us a look at the “Playwrights Project” – a program that’s allowing prisoners to express themselves on paper and on stage.
For the prisoners, their days are predictable, but their list of activities are short. Wake up, eat, work out; but now, some inmates at this maximum security prison are writing plays that will be performed at San Diego State.
Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle
Sex offenders in California who have completed their prison sentences must comply with strict monitoring conditions while on probation, including undergoing lie-detector tests about their conduct and receiving treatment from therapists who can reveal their secrets to a probation officer, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Although offenders must take part in the lie-detector interrogation and therapy, none of their answers can be used to file or prove new criminal charges against them, the court said. The goal, instead, is to monitor the former inmates and prevent future crimes, the justices said.
California lawmakers unveil a list of bills meant to keep children out of the juvenile justice system
Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times
California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families.
Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) have introduced eight proposals that would extend protections for children facing arrest or detention and ease punishment and burdensome fees for those inside the juvenile justice system.
In a news conference at Sacramento’s Leataata Floyd Elementary School, home to what lawmakers called model educational programs meant to empower children, Mitchell and Lara said they wanted their legislation to center on prevention, rehabilitation and keeping families together.
Karina Ioffee, East Bay Times
A Bay Area politician wants to tax companies that do business with California prisons as a way to raise money for preschool programs and reduce incarceration rates.
Assembly Bill 43, authored by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, aims to restore some of the $227 million previously promised to preschool programs that is on hold because of state budget challenges. Without that money, nearly 3,000 children will not be able to attend subsidized preschools next fiscal year and possibly beyond. It also limits the reimbursement rates for childcare providers.
Redding Record Searchlight
There is little doubt about who killed Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer in late winter, or how he died: Authorities quickly identified ex-convict Michael Christopher Mejia as the culprit, also suspected of killing his cousin and stealing the cousin’s car.