Monday, December 11, 2017

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Ryan Fonseca, LA Daily News

Roughly 8,700 firefighters were hard at work Friday battling six major wildfires ravaging Southern California, from Santa Barbara County south to San Diego County.

They’ve traveled from all over to knock down the blazes, which have burned some 245 square miles and displaced more than 200,000 people.

Some residents and news viewers may notice some firefighters working in orange uniforms — a noticeable difference from the yellow suits sported by most fire crew members.


Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Bryan Beyer, 44, of Rancho Murieta, has been appointed chief deputy inspector general at the Office of the Inspector General, where he was senior deputy inspector general from 2010 to 2012 and a deputy inspector general from 2007 to 2010. Beyer has been director of the Division of Internal Oversight and Research at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2013. He was deputy director of the Office of Audits and Court Compliance at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2012 to 2013 and served in several positions at the California State Auditor’s Office from 1999 to 2007, including senior auditor, executive staff analyst and auditor. Beyer was a consultant at Brickerhaven Consulting Group from 1996 to 1998. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,908. Beyer is a Republican.


Stacey Leasca, Mic

There are very few things that Tina Brown finds surprising in her day anymore.

As a person incarcerated at the California Institution for Women, a general population prison in Corona, California, Brown’s days and nights are fairly regimented. But once in a while Brown, along with the rest of the women housed at CIW, get to experience something special: the sounds of being free.

“Some people have never been exposed to jazz,” she told Mic as she sat in the prison’s gymnasium after an hourlong performance by a jazz quartet. “I felt like I was at the park. I don’t normally listen to it, but I love it.”


The Californian

A man who killed a teen mother after he waited inside her home and then tried to hide in Mexico has been sentenced to life without parole, prosecutors said today.

Ernesto Hernandez, of Soledad, was convicted in October of first-degree murder and burglary for breaking into the home Abigail Gasca-Chavez, 19, the mother of his child, according to a press release from the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Friday, December 8, 2017

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Kate Yoder, Grist

As wildfires tear through the greater Los Angeles area, destroying hundreds of homes, officials have warned nearly 200,000 people to evacuate.

Thousands of firefighters have arrived on the scene — many of them inmates, who make up about a third of the state’s wildfire-fighting force. Since the 1940s, California has relied on inmates to combat the flames by digging containment lines and clearing away brush. In return for this difficult and dangerous work — which has been compared to slave-era labor conditions — inmates get credit toward early parole and $2 per day in camp plus $1 per hour for their time on the fire line.


Brianna Calix, The Fresno Bee

Paul Hurth, a former Fresno police officer and chaplain who was jailed for the 2000 shooting death of his ex-lover’s husband, is free on parole after completing his sentence.

Hurth was released on Tuesday in Calaveras County and will be on parole for three years, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed.

Hurth, now 61, served 17 years of the 21-year sentence ordered by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Edward Sarkisian. He was convicted for voluntary manslaughter in the death of Ralph Gawor, then 43. Hurth was having an affair with Gawor’s wife, Nancy.


The Bakersfield Californian

Rumors of Charles Manson's departure have been greatly exaggerated.

Rumors of his death are spot-on accurate, of course, but the cult leader's remains remain right where they've been for the past two weeks — in the possession and legal custody of the Kern County Sheriff's Coroner Division.

Whether Manson's body is still being refrigerated somewhere specifically on the coroner's campus in east Bakersfield is not clear, however.

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They’ve helped combat the flames since World War II. But with more—and more intense—fire seasons still ahead, a series of prison reforms have cut their ranks.
Annika Neklason, The Atlantic

For a dollar an hour and credit toward early parole, more than 1,700 convicted felons fought on the front lines of the destructive wildfires that raged across Northern California this October. While communities from Sonoma to Mendocino evacuated in the firestorm’s path, these inmates worked shifts of up to 72 straight hours to contain the blaze and protect the property residents left behind, clearing brush and other potential fuel and digging containment lines often just feet away from the flames. Hundreds more are on the fire line now, combatting the inferno spreading across Southern California.

Inmates have been fighting California’s wildfires since the 1940s, when the state first called up prisoners to replace men assisting the war effort. More than 3,700 men and women—and even some juvenile offenders—now voluntarily serve on the force. Collectively, they make up roughly a third of the state’s wildfire-fighting personnel, and work an average of 10 million hours each year responding to fires and other emergencies and handling community-service projects like park maintenance, reforestation, and fire and flood protection.


Gifts from the Heart program makes Christmas special
Rachel Zirin, Folsom Telegraph

‘Tis the season to give to those less fortunate, and two local prisons joined in the spirit.

Folsom State Prison (FSP) and California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC), both located in Represa, joined in the spirit of giving for another year to help the Gifts from the Heart program. Gifts from the Heart is a program put on by the Department of Health and Human Services where staff, along with volunteers, manages the pick-up, distribution and delivery of gifts from Sacramento community partners and private sponsors to gift recipients during the months of November and December each year. Tonja Edelman, volunteer program coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, said social workers recommend recipients from their caseloads and the recipients create a list of items they want and need.


Don Thompson, The  Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson was barely cold when competing bids began for his remains and belongings among relatives and longtime associates.

Their plans have not been divulged, but some fear they might create a shrine for those who are still fascinated by the man behind the bizarre celebrity slayings that terrorized Los Angeles nearly a half-century ago.

Jack Phillips, The Epoch Times

A photo that purports to show Charles Manson on his deathbed while in a hospital was published by two outlets in a possible violation of California state laws related to prisoner’s privacy rights.

The image, according to the Daily Mail, shows Manson, 83, before his death in mid-November. He died of natural causes on Nov. 19.

The picture shows him surrounded by tubes while chained to a hospital bed. He was treated inside a secure room at the Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California.


Lloyd Billingsley, The Daily Caller

Notorious criminal Charles Manson, who passed away last month in a California hospital, has certainly made the list of celebrities who died in 2017. For observers of any age, particularly millennials, Manson’s departure is worthy of reflection on a couple of points.

For those who might have any doubts, Manson provides evidence that evil does, in fact, exist. See Vincent Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter” for details about the murder spree he masterminded. Victims included actress Sharon Tate (“Valley of the Dolls”) and her unborn child.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Malay Mail Online

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6 — With an acclaimed starring role in The Shawshank Redemption and an Oscar nomination for directing Dead Man Walking, Tim Robbins owes many of his career highlights to the prison system.

But the 59-year-old Hollywood star’s interest in criminal justice and the incarcerated extends far beyond his efforts to win critical approval or awards.

Over a decade, Robbins has made a dramatic dent in reoffending rates among Californian prisoners taking part in a drama programme that encourages hardened criminals to put on make-up and get in touch with their emotions.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Non-profit group, The Last Mile teaches computer coding to inmates in California prisons in bid to increase their chances on the Silicon Valley job market.
Patricia Kellogg, News Guards

A non-profit group called The Last Mile has made great strides in educating convicts in California prisons in coding. As such, many ex-convicts have now found employment in California’s tech hub- Silicon Valley.

The Last Mile was founded by venture capitalist Chris Redlitz and his wife Beverly Parenti. The foundation is privately funded with the sale of prison products such as license plates.

The program is currently active in five facilities, and takes up the challenge of teaching inmates how to code on computers. The task has certainly proved to be difficult since a number of convicts have been incarcerated for a fair number of years.

Kristin Price, Kern Golden Empire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Superior Court denied a petition by a reported Charles Manson pen pal to have power of attorney over Manson's estate. Michael Channels filed Manson's will last week in Kern County Court. Documents cite a denial due to pending paperwork, including a death certificate.

Public health officials said Manson's death certificate was certified Friday, but is being redacted by the state. It is expected to be available to the public within two weeks.
 Manson died two weeks ago in a Bakersfield hospital.


'Forced false imprisonment and witness dissuasion'
Marissa Papanek, KRCR TV

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - A Livermore man who committed offenses in Garberville has been sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison according to the Humboldt County District Attorney (DA).

The DA said 34-year-old Joshua Brandon Marcum, originally from Livermore, entered no contest pleas to felony counts of forcible false imprisonment and witness dissuasion in court last week.


KITV Honolulu

Members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force located and arrested 26-year-old Samson W. Harong of Lihue, Kauai on Monday.

Harong was wanted by the Kauai Police Department on a bench warrant for Sexual Assault in the First Degree and Burglary in the First Degree.

On or about May 1, 2017, Harong was investigated by police for the alleged sexual assault of a child who was less than 14 years old. He is also alleged to have unlawfully entered a Lihue residence to commit this crime.