Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Giuseppe Ricapito, The Union Democrat

Sierra Conservation Center prison inmate Adam Gray knelt on one knee in the freshly painted red walls of the new City of Sonora-commissioned Santa’s Workshop Tuesday morning, installing the final interior design paneling with an electric drill.

Santa’s elves were finally set in place, and Gray, 34, serving a two-year sentence for grand theft auto, swiped his densely tattooed hands across his California Department of Corrections dungarees.

Keith Rains last seen Nov. 16
KCRA 3 News

PLACERVILLER, Calif. (KCRA) — Corrections officials are looking for a convict who walked away from a home in the Alternative Custody Program.

Keith Rains, 46, was last seen Thursday evening at the home on Newton Road, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. Rains is part of the Jesus Our Boss program in Placerville.

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Authorities were on the hunt Wednesday for a 24-year-old convict who walked away from a re-entry program in Los Angeles.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials were looking for Jessie Barraza after they were alerted about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday that his GPS device had been removed while out on an approved pass, authorities said.

Tracey Petersen, My Mother Lode

Sonora, CA — State corrections officials have updated photos that include tattoos on the escaped inmate from North Kern State Prison who could be hiding in the Mother Lode.

California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation wants the public to take a close look at the photos in the image box in hopes that someone may have seen or could recognize 31-year-old Daniel Salazar, who is considered armed and dangerous. As reported here earlier this month, Salazar, who was behind bars for second degree robbery and using a fake ID to obtain personal information, was possibly heading to Tuolumne County as sheriff’s officials reported he had ties to the region.


Wes Woods, LA Daily News

A correctional officer was punched and stomped on the face, which resulted in a fractured orbital bone during an inmate attack Monday at the state prison in Lancaster, authorities said.

Sharvon Fredrick, 32, was arrested on suspicion of rushing a control booth officer and punching him in the face, which knocked him unconscious, and then stomping on the guard’s face, authorities explained.

The crime was reported at 2:07 p.m. Monday during the afternoon yard and shift change at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, on 60th Street West in Lancaster, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Stephen Magagnini, The Sacramento Bee

When Johnny Cash sang one of the most famous lyrics in American history –“I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” – at Folsom State Prison nearly 50 years ago, both the singer and the penitentiary became etched in popular culture.

Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” song, first released in 1956, anchored a live album recorded in front of hundreds of inmates in the cafeteria on Jan. 13, 1968. It went triple platinum, rose to No. 1 on both the pop and country western charts and revitalized Cash’s career.


Lauren Keene, Davis Enterprise

WOODLAND — A prison inmate’s bid for compassionate release was rejected Tuesday after the Yolo Superior Court judge who presided over the Woodland man’s homicide trial deemed him a continued threat to public safety.

Jeffrey Lemus, 57, is about a year into a seven-year sentence for the Dec. 5, 2015, fatal stabbing of Kelly Mason Choate, with whom Lemus had a long-standing rivalry.


Miguel Diaz, a Salinas resident, has turned his life around after 40 months in prison.
Cristian Ponce, The Californian

Salinas native Miguel Diaz Jr., 36, has a lot to be grateful for in recent years, going from spending his days in the streets and prison to becoming a youth mentor and boxing champion.

Diaz grew up in a neighborhood near Soledad Street, attending Lincoln Elementary, Washington Middle School and Salinas High School.

Diaz said he began getting himself into trouble as a result of being entrenched in gang culture as he grew up.

Amika Sergejev, The Mercury News

For two and a half years, I worked as a firefighter and lead engineer at Cal Fire Station 5 in Madera. Because we were a rural department, our firehouse was not only responsible for responding to fires in the area, we were also first responders rushing to the scenes of traffic accidents and all kinds of local emergencies.

Our training was first rate. We learned everything from CPR to how to use the Jaws of Life. We learned to run hoses off a fire truck, fight vehicle fires and structure fires, and how to cut a car open and pull out a trapped victim. I did things I never could have imagined I could do.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Alene Tchekmedyian, The Los Angeles Times

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that the agency took custody of convicted murderer Charles Manson’s body after he died of natural causes at a local hospital.

What will happen to it now?

According to state law, Manson’s next of kin has 10 days — or until Nov. 29 — either to claim or decline to take possession of the body. If his relatives decline, prison officials must make arrangements for cremation or burial.

Becky Little, History

In 1971, cult leader Charles Manson was sentenced to death for murdering two people and orchestrating the killings of seven others in August of 1969. But why, if he received the death penalty all those years ago, did he spend his life in jail, dying of natural causes in 2017?

It all has to do with a couple of court cases that suspended the death penalty the year after Manson was sentenced. These cases effectively struck down all methods of state execution in the U.S. for four years, leaving Manson and his followers with the next harshest sentence at the time in California—life with parole.

Kimberly K. Fu, The Reporter

An inmate firefighter who had assisted in the recent Napa County disaster recovery efforts disappeared Saturday from a prison camp in Suisun City only to surrender Sunday to Vacaville police.

Rashad Taylor Vaca, 27, of Vacaville, was subsequently placed back into the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and transported to a correctional facility in Susanville.

Vaca was incarcerated in August 2010, serving a 12-year sentence for second-degree robbery with a firearm. An inmate firefighter at Sugar Pine Conservation Camp in Bella Vista, he was at the minimum security Delta Conservation Camp in Suisun as part of a strike team aiding in fire relief efforts in Napa County.


Lonnie Wong, Fox 40 News

FOLSOM -- Johnny Cash is still highly regarded by inmates at Folsom Prison nearly 50 years after the concert that revived his career.

None of the prisoners behind the granite walls of the prison were there in January of 1968, when Cash recorded his hit album "Folsom Prison Blues" and the single that reached number one on the country music charts.

Angela Greenwood, CBS 13 News

FOLSOM (CBS13) — It was a prison concert for the books. It has been 50 years since Johnny Cash performed his legendary concert for inmates inside Folsom State Prison.

To mark that anniversary, the prison gave a tour of the facility, including in the exact room where cash performed all those years ago and a look at how things have progressed since then.

Cash was a musician who connected to people also going through hardships and struggles and even now, he’s still bringing hope and inspiration to those serving time.

Thomas D. Elias, LA Daily News

Charles Manson is dead and the timing is definitely appropriate. The most notorious inmate in the California prison system died this week at 83 of natural causes in a Bakersfield hospital where he had been taken from Corcoran State Prison. Death came not long after an abdominal condition from which he suffered had been found inoperable this fall.

The timing of Manson’s death was right if only because Jerry Brown, the last California governor with any chance of remembering the terror Manson and his murderous gang spread around Southern California, has barely a year left in his term.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Joseph Serna and Alene Tchekmedyian, The Los Angeles Times

Mass killer Charles Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, authorities said.

The 83-year-old cult leader died at 8:13 p.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys, issued a statement Sunday saying that Vincent Bugliosi, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted Manson, “provided the most accurate summation: ‘Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values.’

John Rogers, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after masterminding the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday night after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.

Manson died of natural causes at a California hospital while serving a life sentence, his name synonymous to this day with unspeakable violence and depravity.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County, reacted to the death by quoting the late Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who put Manson behind bars. Bugliosi said: “Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values.”

Paul Valentine, The Washington Post

Charles Manson, a fiery-eyed cult master whose lemming-like followers staged a bloody two-night murder rampage in Los Angeles in 1969 that gripped the city with fear and shocked the nation, died Nov. 19 at a hospital in Kern County, Calif. He was 83.

Spokeswoman Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed the death but did not provide a specific cause. Mr. Manson, who was serving a life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran, had had health problems in recent years and was hospitalized in January for gastrointestinal bleeding, according to news reports.

His answer: “What you see is what you get.”

Bay City News

Officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are seeking the public's help in locating an inmate who walked away from a corrections camp in Solano County on Saturday.

According to CDCR officials, 27-year-old Rashad Vaca was last seen during the 9 p.m. inmate count at the Delta Conservation Camp, which houses about 120 minimum-security inmates.


Carlos Lozano, The Los Angeles Times

Officials are investigating the death of an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison in Northern California as a homicide, authorities said.

Inmate Wayne Bradley, 50, was found unresponsive in his cell about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Everett McCoy, 35, Bradley’s cellmate, was named as a suspect in his death, officials said. McCoy, who entered prison in 1999, was serving a sentence of 28 years to life for first-degree murder and second-degree robbery.

Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times

A correctional officer was injured during an attack by an inmate at the California State Prison in Lancaster, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The attack occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday when two officers approached George Hudson, 30, and told him he was being placed on “restricted status” for violating prison rules and regulations after he was caught possessing a cellphone.

At one point, Hudson turned toward one of the officers and punched him in the nose, prison officials said in a statement. The second officer tried to put Hudson in handcuffs but he resisted and elbowed that officer in the chest, officials said.

Hamilton Nolan, Splinter

San Quentin is beautiful from the outside. It sits on a sun-drenched point jutting out into San Francisco Bay, a short drive north from the Golden Gate Bridge, at the end of a small road overlooking the water. Right up to its front gate sit quaint houses with spectacular views, which go for around a million dollars each. The prison itself, built in the 1850s by a gang of prisoners who lived on a boat during its construction, could pass for a sturdy old college, its thick stone walls just elegant enough to give the impression that rarefied things are going on within.

True, in a sense. Despite its status as a byword for “tough prison,” San Quentin today is a place that many prisoners in California want to get into. By the appalling standards of California prisons, San Quentin is well above average, boasting an array of educational and vocational programs, many types of health counseling, and even arts and media programs that are the jewel of the state prison system. For men who have spent years working their way down from crowded, violent, scary max security facilities, San Quentin can be a destination to strive for.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Wayne Freedman, ABC 7 News

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- So you heard that the North Bay fire fight was over? Not even close. Not in this chorus of chainsaws.

"What are the rules?" I asked CalFire Captain Robin Bloom. "Do what I say," said Bloom. Take one look at the man, and you will.

We went high in the hills of upper Fountaingrove, where if the soggy ashes of these homes could talk, they would tell similar, frightening stories of death, destruction, and fast moving flames.


Porterville Recorder

A Dinuba man, who is currently serving 31 years to life in prison at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran for a murder he committed in 1989, was denied parole last Thursday by a California parole board, and will not be eligible for another hearing until 2020, the office of the District Attorney of Tulare County reported.

In the late evening of July 14, 1989, Eddie Gallardo, 59, of Dinuba, traveled to his cousin’s residence in New London after believing that his cousin wanted him dead because he, Gallardo, was allegedly ripping off a drug dealer. Gallardo fatally stabbed his cousin once in the chest and ran away.


Sal Rodriguez, LA Daily News

On Sept. 6, for the second year in a row, parole commissioners recommended parole for 68-year-old Leslie Van Houten, who participated in the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in the summer of 1969.

Van Houten, who was 19 at the time, stabbed Rosemary more than a dozen times after fellow Charles Manson-follower Charles “Tex” Watson killed Leno and stabbed Rosemary.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Alene Tchekmedyian, The Los Angeles Times

Authorities confirmed Wednesday that mass murderer Charles Manson is back in a Bakersfield hospital, though the severity of his condition is unclear.

Kern County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Smallwood confirmed that Manson is at a local hospital but could not say more.

Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, declined to comment, citing federal and state medical privacy laws that preclude the agency “from commenting on protected health information for any inmate in our custody.”

ABC 10

Inmates at Solano State prison have performed in Macbeth and Julius Caesar over the last few years. It's part of a program that builds teamwork, goal-setting, and more. However, a gap between the Shakespeare plays inspired them to write their own plays.



The unlikely connection between the Golden State Warriors and a prison basketball team.

Heather Shelton, Eureka Times Standard

Twenty-eight years ago this week, 20,000 local people swarmed through the gates of Pelican Bay State Prison.

It wasn’t a riot. The mammoth crowd was taking part in an open house at the yet-to-be-opened Supermax state prison in Crescent City.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website, the prison was built to accommodate a growing population of maximum-security inmates in the state. Half of the prison houses maximum-security inmates in a general population setting, the website states. The other half houses inmates in the Security Housing Unit, designed for those presenting serious management concerns.


Giuseppe Ricapito, The Union Democrat

The mother of a Sonora woman murdered in 2002 was the recipient of uplifting news from a Tuolumne County Probation Officer on Tuesday — the state parole agency had reversed an earlier decision and would no longer be sending the murderer to Tuolumne County.

Marsha Coons, 58, was walking on North Washington Street at about 10:30 a.m. when she ran into an “old friend,” a former Union Democrat reporter and Tuolumne County Probation Officer, Amy Lindblom, who wrote multiple articles surrounding the murder of Coons’ daughter Jennifer, just 21 when she was shot in the heart by Kristopher Lee McDaniel.

Yolo County District Attorney

(Woodland, CA) - November 15, 2017 - District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on November 9, 2017, a Yolo County Jury convicted 22-year-old West Sacramento resident Joshua Armond Cadenaz-Lopez and 20-year-old West Sacramento resident Ricky Gomez Hernandez of multiple counts of armed robberies, gang enhancements and gun charges.